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Ulysses Quartet–December 4, 2023

Program: (subject to change)

  • JOSEPH HAYDN: Quartet op. 76, #5, in D Major
  • BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Quartet No. 2, in C major
  • RHIANNON GIDDENS: At the Purchaser’s Option
  • BEETHOVEN: Quartet No. 9, in C major “Razumovsky” op. 59, #3

The Ulysses Quartet has been praised for their “textural versatility,” “grave beauty” and “the kind of chemistry many quartets long for, but rarely achieve” (The Strad), as well as their “avid enthusiasm … [with] chops to back up their passion” (San Diego Story), “delivered with a blend of exuberance and polished artistry” (The Buffalo News).

Founded in the summer of 2015, the group won the grand prize and gold medal in the senior string division of the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and first prize in the 2018 Schoenfeld International String Competition. In 2017, the quartet finished first in the American Prize and won second prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. They were winners of the Vietnam International Music Competition in 2019. Ulysses garnered a career development grant in the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Ulysses Quartet website

Ulysses Quartet

Lysander Piano Trio–October 16, 2023

Program: (subject to change)

  • Grieg: Andante con moto
  • Amanda Maier: Trio in E-flat major
  • Schubert: Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 100

The Lysander Piano Trio has been praised by The Strad for its “incredible ensemble, passionate playing, articulate and imaginative ideas and wide palette of colors” and by The Washington Post for “an uncommon degree of heart-on-the-sleeve emotional frankness” and “vivid engagement carried by soaring, ripely Romantic playing.” The group has developed a reputation for exciting programming, finding creative ways to connect well-known masterworks with pieces by lesser-known and underrepresented composers, discovering common threads across cultures and times. The Trio’s debut recording After A Dream (CAG Records) was acclaimed by The New York Times for its “polished and spirited interpretations.” Its most recent album, Mirrors, featuring world-premiere recordings of six works the ensemble has commissioned or premiered, was released in early 2021 by First Hand Records.

Lysander Piano Trio website

Lysander Piano Trio

Kleine Kammermusik–September 18, 2023

Program: (subject to change)

  • Suite no. 2 in G major from Die kleine Kammermusik, Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
  • Sonata no. 2 from Les Délices de la Solitude, Op. 20 (1739), Michel Corrette (1709-1795)
  • Fantasia in G minor, TWV 40:2-13 (1733),  G.P. Telemann
  • Trio Sonata in C minor, HWV 386a (1719), George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

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  • Sonata no. 3 in G major (1756), Thomas Augustine Arne (1710-1778)
  • Sonata “La Steinquerque” (1690), François Couperin (1668-1733)
  • Vos mépris chacque jour (1689), Michel Lambert (1610-1696)
  • Ground in Gamut, Z. 645, Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
  • Chaconne des Scaramouches from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (1670), Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)

Kleine Kammermusik is dedicated to reviving the wealth of Baroque chamber music for winds and continuo. With paired oboes and recorders, and a supportive continuo group of bassoon, cello, viola da gamba, and keyboard, the group comprises a versatile blend of instruments suited to music from a wide range of contexts, from vivid outdoor celebrations and military fanfares to intimate chamber gatherings. Through innovative programming and imaginative use of space they create fresh and entertaining events with a distinctively historic flavor.

Kleine Kammermusik takes its name from a chamber ensemble at the Dresden court in the early 18th century. It is also the name of a collection of pieces by Telemann that he dedicated to four oboists. Intimate in nature and flexible in instrumentation, these pieces embody our approach to sharing music in creative ways that are both colorful and conversational.

Kleine Kammermusik website

Kleine Kammermusik

Emerson String Quartet – May 15, 2023

A limited number of tickets are available ONLY through the Virginia Arts Festival website: vafest.org.

7:30 pm at the Robin Hixon Theater, Clay and Jay Barr Education Center, Virginia Arts Festival Building, 440 Bank Street, Norfolk

The Emerson String Quartet has maintained its status as one of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles for more than four decades. The Quartet has made more than 30 acclaimed recordings, and has been honored with nine GRAMMYs® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year” award. They have worked with some of today’s most esteemed composers to premiere new works, and have partnered with soloists such as Renée Fleming, Barbara Hannigan, Evgeny Kissin, Emanuel Ax, and Yefim Bronfman, to name a few.

PROGRAM
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 #2
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in Bb major, op. 130 with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133

Emerson String Quartet website

The Emerson String Quartet

Hermitage Piano Trio–April 3, 2023

Program: (subject to change)

  • Joaquin Turina: Trio in b minor, Op. 76
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Trio No. 2 in e minor, Op. 67
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Trio No. 1 in g minor “Elégiaque”
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vocalise
  • Gaspar Cassadó: Trio in C major

Now entering their second decade, the United States-based Hermitage Piano Trio has solidified its place as one of the world’s leading piano trios, garnering multiple GRAMMY® Award nominations and receiving both audience and press accolades for their performances that The Washington Post singled out for “such power and sweeping passion that it left you nearly out of breath.”

Hermitage Piano Trio website

Hermitage Piano Trio

Dover Quartet–March 13, 2023

Program: (subject to change)

  • Haydn: String Quartet Op. 33 No. 2 “The Joke”
  • Walker: String Quartet No. 1
  • Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 5 Op. 44 No. 3

Named one of the greatest string quartets of the last 100 years by BBC Music Magazine, the GRAMMY® nominated Dover Quartet has followed a “practically meteoric” (Strings) trajectory to become one of the most in-demand chamber ensembles in the world. In addition to its faculty role as the Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Dover Quartet holds residencies with the Kennedy Center, Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Artosphere, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. The group’s awards include a stunning sweep of all prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, grand and first prizes at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. Its prestigious honors include the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award, and Lincoln Center’s Hunt Family Award.

Dover Quartet website

Dover Quartet

Verona Quartet–February 13, 2023

Program: (subject to change)

  • Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1, Op 18, No. 1
  • Grazyna Bacewicz: String Quartet No. 3
  • Beethoven: String Quartet No. 7, Op. 59, No. 1, “Rasumovsky”

Acclaimed for its “bold interpretive strength, robust characterization and commanding resonance” (Calgary Herald), the Verona Quartet has firmly established itself amongst the most distinguished ensembles on the chamber music scene today. The group’s singular sense of purpose most recently earned them Chamber Music America’s coveted 2020 Cleveland Quartet Award, and a reputation as an “outstanding ensemble… cohesive yet full of temperament” (The New York Times). The Quartet serves on the faculty of the Oberlin College and Conservatory as the Quartet-in-Residence, in addition to holding residences at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, Indiana University Summer String Academy and North Carolina’s Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.

The Verona Quartet website

The Verona Quartet

Manhattan Chamber Players–November 14, 2022

Program: (subject to change)

  • Mozart: Piano Quartet in E flat, K. 493
  • Brahms: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60 (1875)
  • Fauré: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 45 (1887)

The Manhattan Chamber Players are a chamber music collective of New York-based musicians who share the common aim of performing the greatest works in the chamber repertoire at the highest level.  Formed in 2015 by Artistic Director and violist Luke Fleming, MCP is comprised of an impressive roster of musicians who all come from the tradition of great music-making at the Marlboro Music Festival, Steans Institute at Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival and Perlman Music Program, and are former students of the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, Colburn School, and the New England Conservatory.

Manhattan Chamber Players website

Manhattan Chamber Players

Poulenc Trio–October 17, 2022

Program: (subject to change)

  • Francis Poulenc: Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano
  • Schnittke: Suite in Old Style
  • Vasquez: Scherzo
  • Grant Still: Vignettes
  • Previn: Trio
  • Rossini: Semiramide

In a recent review, the New York Times praised the Trio for its “elegant rendition” of Piazzolla’s Tangos. The Washington Post said the trio “does its namesake proud” in “an intriguing and beautifully played program” with “convincing elegance, near effortless lightness and grace.” The group has been called “virtuosos of classical and contemporary chamber music” in one profile for Russian television.

The Trio is committed to commissioning, performing and recording new works from contemporary composers. Since its founding, the Trio has greatly expanded the repertoire available for the oboe, bassoon and piano, with more than 20 new works written or arranged for the group, including three triple concertos for Trio and full orchestra. The Trio has also made a commitment to explore and promote musics that reflect its members’ African, Asian, Eastern European and Jewish roots.

Poulenc Trio website

Poulenc Trio

Los Angeles Piano Trio–September 19, 2022

Program: (subject to change)

  • Mozart: Piano Trio in E Major, K. 542
  • Beethoven: Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1 “Ghost”
  • Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in d minor, Op. 49

Los Angeles Piano Trio brings a new level of refinement, emotional depth and artistry to the piano trio repertoire, reflecting the City of Angels’ rich cultural legacy, global impact and vibrant energy. Venerated artists and long-time L.A. residents Fabio Bidini, piano, Margaret Batjer, violin, and Andrew Shulman, cello, founded the chamber ensemble in 2020, building upon their distinguished international careers as critically acclaimed soloists, chamber musicians, recording artists and pedagogues.

Los Angeles Piano Trio website

Los Angeles Piano Trio