Concerts for the 2018-2019 Season

  • Saturday, October 6, 2018, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseEmerson String QuartetThe Emerson String Quartet has amassed an unparalleled list of achievements over four decades: more than 30 acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America's "Ensemble of the Year," and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. One of SFCM's favorite ensembles, the Emerson last played in our series in 2009. We are excited to have them return to open our 2018-19 season.
  • Saturday, October 27, 2018, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseAdaskin String Trio with Oboist Thomas GallantThe Adaskin String Trio has won over audiences internationally with exuberant and stirring performances. Their playing has been hailed for vigor, precision, and stylistic certitude, as well as spontaneity, intensity, and charm. Teaming up with oboist Thomas Gallant, they will present some wonderful works for string trio and for oboe and strings. We expect another great performance from this brilliant ensemble.
  • Saturday, November 17, 2018, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseSchumann QuartetEnjoying a three-year residency at the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center in New York City, this acclaimed German string quartet loves the energy of live performance. The three Schumann brothers (Erik, Ken, and Mark) and their violist (Liisa Randalu) will bring their energy to a program that includes music by Brahms and more. In The Guardian's review of a recent Wigmore Hall concert, Tim Ashley writes, "The Schumanns' performance combined probing intensity with wit and energy, and a wonderful alertness to shifts of mood throughout. An outstanding evening, every second of it."
  • Saturday, February 2, 2019, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseMid-Winter Concert: Music for Woodwinds and BrassJohn Oberbrunner has planned another wonderful concert featuring Central New York musicians. The Symphoria Woodwind Quintet will perform two great works, the Quintet by Carl Nielsen and the Sextet, with piano, by Francis Poulenc. Complemented by a varied selection of works played by the Symphoria Brass Quintet, this will add up to a great evening of wind music.
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseFrisson EnsembleFrisson is explosive! From New York City, the chamber ensemble features the best and brightest of classical music's rising stars in its programs of rarely-performed masterworks. In addition to playing Bohuslav Martinu's Nonet No. 2, the nine musicians will break into smaller configurations to perform works by Mozart, Prokofiev, and others. Frisson is becoming one of the country's busiest classical chamber music groups.
  • Saturday, March 23, 2019, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseEscher QuartetAcclaimed for its expressive, nuanced performances combining unusual textural clarity with a rich, blended sound, the Escher String Quartet has captured international attention since its founding in 2005. Its recordings of the quartets of Mendelssohn and of the quartets of Zemlinsky have received remarkable reviews and award nominations, and we can expect an electrifying performance of diverse works.
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseKalichstein-Laredo-Robinson TrioAfter four decades of success the world over, including many award-winning recordings and newly commissioned works, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson continue to dazzle audiences and critics alike. As one of the few long-lived ensembles with all of its original members, the musicians of the KLR Trio balance careers as internationally-acclaimed soloists with making appearances as a trio at many of the world's major concert halls and maintaining an active recording agenda. It is exciting to be able to welcome them back to our SFCM series, performing trios by Schumann, Ravel, and Mendelssohn.

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Download the Winter/Spring 2018 program book, which contains complete program notes for each concert.