Concerts for the 2015-2016 Season

  • Saturday, September 19, 2015, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseSingle tickets: $25 regular, $20 seniors, $15 under 30, free for full-time students with ID (available at the door)Pacifica QuartetPacifica QuartetWe open the season with an ensemble that has rapidly become a SFCM favorite: this will be their fifth time here in twelve years. Recognized by audiences around the world for their virtuosity and exuberant style, the Pacifica was named Quartet-in-Residence at the prëeminent Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. They are certainly among the foremost ensembles performing today.

    Mozart Quartet in F Major, K. 590
    Shostakovich Quartet No. 13
    Mendelssohn Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44, No. 2
     
  • Saturday, October 17, 2015, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseSingle tickets: $25 regular, $20 seniors, $15 under 30, free for full-time students with ID (available at the door)ATOS TrioATOS TrioAs soon as SFCM heard this superb Berlin-based piano trio two seasons ago, the decision was made to bring them back as soon as possible. Their many concerts in recent seasons include their debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and their return to London's Wigmore Hall for the Beethoven Cycle. They are "one of the elite piano trios before the public today" (Washington Post). What a treat to hear such wonderful musicians in live performance of these masterworks!

    Beethoven Trio in B-flat, Op. 97, "Archduke"
    Schubert Trio in E-flat, Op. 100
     
  • Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseSingle tickets: $25 regular, $20 seniors, $15 under 30, free for full-time students with ID (available at the door)Calidore QuartetCalidore QuartetEach season SFCM likes to present one of the most promising younger quartets on the horizon. We've picked some winners in the past (e.g., the Tokyo Quartet, heard here in their student days). This year we're putting our money on the Calidore. Formed only four years ago, the Quartet walked away with grand prizes from virtually all the major American chamber competitions. Audiences at Lincoln Center, the Caramoor Festival, Wigmore Hall, and elsewhere have loved them.

    Mozart Quartet in D Major, K. 575
    Webern Langsamer Satz
    Webern Six Bagatelles, Op. 9
    Beethoven Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132
     
  • Saturday, January 30, 2016, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseSingle tickets: $25 regular, $20 seniors, $15 under 30, free for full-time students with ID (available at the door)Mid-Winter Concert: A Woodwind FestivalMid-Winter Concert: A Woodwind FestivalFor all of the other six concerts, SFCM imports ensembles from far and wide. But it is now a time-honored tradition at our mid-winter concert for SFCM to showcase members of Symphoria and other outstanding instrumentalists from Central New York. This year the spotlight is on the many different combinations of wind instruments.

    Kuhlau Grand Quartet in E Minor for Flute Quartet, Op. 103
    Piazzolla Clarinet Quartet Tangos
    Milhaud La Cheminée du Roi René, Op. 205, for wind quintet
    Nielsen Wind Quintet, Op 43
     
  • Saturday, March 5, 2016, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseSingle tickets: $25 regular, $20 seniors, $15 under 30, free for full-time students with ID (available at the door)Dublin Guitar QuartetDublin Guitar QuartetAs students more than a decade ago at the Dublin Conservatory of Music & Drama, the four guitar virtuosi who now make up the Dublin Guitar Quartet were faced with a dilemma. They loved the unique sounds their combined instruments could produce. And they loved contemporary classical music, particularly that of minimalist composers such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and Arvo Pät. But those composers didn't write for their instruments. The solution? The DGQ has dedicated itself to transcribing contemporary classics for guitar quartet. Philip Glass himself declared the arrangements "quite beautiful."

    SFCM has commissioned a new work for the Dublin Guitar Quartet by the prominent composer (and former Adjunct Professor at LeMoyne College) Mark Mellits. From Carnegie Hall to prestigious music festivals in Europe, Mellits' music has been performed worldwide. His unique musical style is an eclectic combination of driving rhythms and soaring lyricism. Currently Mellits teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

    Marc Mellits new work commissioned by SFCM
    Rest of program TBA
     
  • Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseSingle tickets: $25 regular, $20 seniors, $15 under 30, free for full-time students with ID (available at the door)Prima TrioPrima TrioIn 2004, three talented musicians who were continuing their studies at Oberlin founded the Prima Trio, dedicated to music for violin, clarinet, and piano. The three friends were all from different countries, but shared their devotion to music-making. Pianist Anastasia Dedik was trained at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, clarinetist Boris Allakhverdyan is Armenian, and violinist/violist Gulia Gurevich is from one of Uzbekistan's most distinguished musical families. Before long the Prima Trio won a gold medal at the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and their career was launched. Their concerts have been described as "a virtuosic tour de force ... a whirlwind of joy." (The Palm Beach Daily)


    Mozart Kegelstatt Trio in E-flat, K. 498
    Schumann Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales), Op. 132
    Khachaturian Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano
    Piazzolla Otoño Porteño from "Four Seasons in Buenos Aires"
    Glick The Klezmer's Wedding
     
  • Saturday, April 30, 2016, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseSingle tickets: $25 regular, $20 seniors, $15 under 30, free for full-time students with ID (available at the door)Jupiter Quartet, with James Dunham, ViolaJupiter Quartet, with James Dunham, ViolaWe welcome back the Jupiter Quartet, long a favorite at SFCM and Skanfest, as well as with audiences internationally. Over the years the Quartet has garnered just about every award available, and has performed in the world's finest halls. Composer Paul Schoenfeld put it quite simply: "You're never going to hear a string quartet any better." Thanks to the participation of guest violist James Dunham, we will close our season with a gorgeous Brahms Quintet.

    Haydn String Quartet in B-fl at, Op. 76, No. 4, "Sunrise"
    Dutilleux Ainsi la Nuit
    Brahms Quintet in G, Op. 111
     

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