2015-2016 Concert Series
Oct 2-3Concert I
Escher String Quartet
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 7:30pm
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 3:00pm
The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. Championed by the Emerson String Quartet, the group was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2010-2012, giving debuts at both Wigmore Hall and BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall. In its hometown of New York, the ensemble serves as Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and in 2013, the quartet became one of very few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. The Escher Quartet takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.
Oct 23Special Concert
Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 7:30pm
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to perform the larger chamber works—from quintets to octets—with players who customarily work together instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests. Drawn from the principal players of the orchestra, the Chamber Ensemble is performing this season with strings and winds. Its touring commitments are extensive, with regular visits to France, Germany and Spain and frequent tours to North and South America, Australia and New Zealand.
Nov 13-14Concert II
Aeolus String Quartet with James Parker, piano
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 7:30pm
Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 3:00pm
The Aeolus Quartet is committed to presenting time-seasoned masterworks and new cutting-edge works to widely diverse audiences with equal freshness, dedication, and fervor. The quartet formed in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is named for the Greek god Aeolus, who governed the four winds. Since its inception, the all-American group has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States and has performed across the globe. Brilliant and versatile, pianist James Parker was praised as having “10 of the nimblest fingers in the business” by The Globe and Mail.
Friday, January 29, 2016 - 7:30pm
For over a decade, Sō Percussion has redefined the modern percussion ensemble as a flexible, omnivorous entity, pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture. Praised by the New Yorker for their “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” Sō Percussion’s career now encompasses 16 albums, touring throughout the USA and around the world, a dizzying array of collaborative projects, several ambitious educational programs, and a steady output of their own music.
Feb 19Concert III
Dorian Wind Quintet with Spencer Myer, piano
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 7:30pm
Recognized by critics, audiences, and professional musicians alike for its uniquely polished and passionate performances, the Dorian Wind Quintet is known worldwide as one of chamber music’s preeminent and longest continuously-active ensembles. The Quintet has literally been around the world, concertizing in 49 of the 50 United States and Canada, touring Europe eighteen times, and playing throughout the Middle East, India, Africa and Asia. The Dorian made history as the first wind quintet to appear at Carnegie Hall. Pianist Spencer Myer's playing was described by the Boston Globe as "superb...poised, alert musicianship and generous tone."
Mar 4-5Concert IV
Morgenstern Piano Trio
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 7:30pm
Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 3:00pm
After only two short years of working together, the Morgenstern Trio emerged on the German music scene by being awarded top prizes and awards, such as the prestigious US Kalichstein- Laredo-Robinson Trio Award in 2010. For the twenty prize concerts, the Morgenstern Trio has received superlative reviews and immediate re-invitations for following seasons. This prize catapulted them onto the scene in the USA with performances in Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center and at Carnegie Hall and other venues in NY, followed by concerts in such cities as Chicago, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Carmel, Louisville, Lexington, and Palm Beach.
Apr 8-9Concert V
Doric String Quartet
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 7:30pm
Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 3:00pm
Described by Gramophone as “one of the finest young string quartets,” the Doric String Quartet has emerged as the leading British string quartet amongst the new generation receiving glowing responses from audiences and critics across the globe. Selected for representation by YCAT in 2006 the Quartet went on to win several prizes including 1st prize at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, 2nd prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Italy and the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany.
Apr 29Concert VI
Matt Haimovitz, cello and Christopher O'Riley, piano
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 7:30pm
“Whether executing a lithe dance on the keys in its fastest passages or pounding out those sprawling, complex chords that only the notoriously large-handed Rachmaninoff could play with ease, O’Riley was outstanding throughout.” Pioneer Press
Matt Haimovitz made his debut at the age of 13 as a soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. By age 17, he made his first recording for Deutsche Grammophon with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has re-defined what it means to be a classical musician today, bringing concerts of Bach, Golijov, Glass, Carter and others to clubs and coffee houses across the country while maintaining a busy schedule of international appearances.
Christopher O’Riley is recognized as one of the leading American pianists of his generation, touring extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician and appearing with every major orchestra. He hosts the popular NPR music program, From the Top, and has released a set of highly regarded recordings of the music of Radiohead, Nick Drake, and others. Mr. O’Riley studied with Russell Sherman at the New England Conservatory of Music.