David Heiss and Warren Jones make for a dynamic duo on the cello and piano.
Heiss, a native of Endwell, recalls announcing his determination to play the violin in the second grade – but his “very wise” mother convinced him to pick up the cello. His parents took him to hear the Binghamton Symphony as a child (he remembers hearing the great American cellist Leonard Rose play), and he had his first opera experience here in the Triple Cities, at the Triple Cities Opera, as the only cellist in the orchestra, “a kid trying to play a big opera like that”. Heiss spent close to six years with TCO. Today, cellist David Heiss is a longtime member of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and principal cellist of the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. His multi-faceted career includes the Omni Piano Quartet, frequent performances at chamber music festivals and appearances at Radio City Music Hall and on the Today Show and Late Night with David Letterman.
Jones says “I never quite know what he’s goign to do” of Heiss’s performance style. He stays on his toes as Heiss’s style forces him to adapt and stay open. Of the Capriccio in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 76, No. 5 by Brahms (the fourth song on the setlist), Jones says, “It’s like handling a porcupine,” and recalls struggling to play it as a teen before trying it again nearly 30 years later. Warren Jones was recently named 2010 “Collaborative Pianist of the Year” by the publication Musical America. He is on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music in NYC and is Principal Pianist for the exciting California-based chamber music group Camerata Pacifica. The San Francisco Chronicle said, “He is the single finest accompanist now working.”
“Prologue” from Sonata for Cello and Piano by Debussy
“Silent Woods” by Devorak
Andante from Sonta in G-Minor by Rachmaninoff
Capriccio in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 76, No. 5 by Brahms
“Fantasy Pieces” Op. 73 by Schumann
“The Swan” from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens