Schubert, Zemlinsky and Franck
These bright stars of the chamber music world return for a program that collaborates with the superb skills of Brian Connelly, esteemed Artist of Piano at the Shepherd School of Music, for a performance of Franck's daunting piano quintet. The award-winning Dover Quartet, launched from the Shepherd School in 2013, dominates the world stage with a distinctive sound that must be heard.
Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Dvořák
A memorable evening is certain when the “power couple of chamber music,” Han and Finckel, teams with Setzer, of Emerson Quartet renown! Three tremendous piano trios will be performed, beginning with Beethoven’s bright G Major Trio, followed by the luxurious arching melodies of Mendelssohn’s “Grand Trio.” Rounding out the program is Dvořák’s “Dumky” with six movements of high contrast – somber and mournful laments to raucous and vigorous dances.
Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Dvořák
Our Parisian friends will not disappoint with their lush playing and stylish precision, and now they are joined by esteemed Italian pianist, Fabio Bidini, for a performance of Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2. The Quartet will also perform a spirited and vivacious Schubert Quartet, and Mozart’s optimistic and youthful “Hunt.”
Tchaikovsky, Bartók, Beethoven
A performance by this legendary ensemble will exceed expectations with Tchaikovsky's warm and luscious Quartet No. 1, followed by Bartók’s Quartet No. 3. The evening will round out with one of Beethoven's late quartets written with the profound "thanksgiving" centerpiece of this masterpiece, while completely deaf.
A diverse program from 15th century renaissance to contemporary pieces of today!
The GRAMMY® Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer has been hailed as “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker and is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its wide-ranging repertoire and dazzling virtuosity. While the program for this performance will be announced at a later date, it will indeed provide a diverse range of repertoire from 15th century renaissance to contemporary compositions and arrangements of the 20th century.
Mozart, Fanny Mendelssohn, Schubert
The Castalian Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene. This young European ensemble, based in London, has swept competitions, including a 2016 award from Banff International String Quartet Competition. Beginning with Mozart’s sunny “Spring” Quartet, followed by the romantic Quartet in E♭ from Fanny Mendelssohn, the program will end with Schubert’s breathtaking final string quartet that embodies his battle between light and dark.
Mendelssohn, Caroline Shaw, Smetana
The Miró String Quartet is a world-class ensemble that has performed for CMH audiences six times since 2007, and they continue to grow and excel as one of the best string quartets today. The Austin-based ensemble begins the program with Mendelssohn’s uplifting Quartet No. 1 and then presents a CMH *co-commission, Microfictions, written for them by Caroline Shaw, Pultzer Prize-winning composer. The program is concluded with Smetana’s From My Life, which serves as a beautiful personal reflection for all of us on the past year of love, loss, uncertainty, and yearning. *Co-commission of CMH; Carnegie Hall; La Jolla Music Society; Premiere Performances Hong Kong; and Shriver Concert Series.
The Vienna Piano Trio returns to the CMH stage with their passion and razor-sharp performances – an audience favorite, and this program of Schubert’s piano trios showcases their skills. Schubert’s song-writing skills shine in his first piano trio which reflects on the temporality of flowers and nature. The second trio was hailed by Schumann as “an angry meteor blazing forth and outshining everything in the musical atmosphere of the time.”
Haydn, Shostakovich, Beethoven
Since 1993, the Jerusalem Quartet has developed a wide repertoire and stunning depth of expression, which carries on the string quartet tradition in a unique manner. Prepare to experience an unforgettable performance: beginning with one of Haydn’s most profound works, followed by the emotionally intense Quartet No. 7 from Shastokovich, and ending with one of Beethoven’s most radiant and triumphant works.
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