Concerts for the 2013-2014 Season

  • Saturday, September 28, 2013, 7:30 pmLincoln Middle SchoolSingle tickets: Regular $25, Senior $15, Student $10 (available at the door)Borromeo String Quartet with Richard Stoltzman, clarinetBorromeo String Quartet with Richard Stoltzman, clarinetOur season begins with an ensemble that the Boston Globe called "simply the best there is." The Chicago Tribune praised the Borromeo "not simply for its high technical polish and refined tone, but more importantly for the searching musical insights it brings." So get ready for what the San Diego Reader descibed as "a musical experience of luminous beauty."

    Named after the Italian island where they first performed 23 years ago, the Borromeo Quartet has been winning prestigious awards and entrancing worldwide audiences ever since. The ensemble has been quartet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music for more than 20 years, and collaborates extensively with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Recent seasons have included a two week residency at Tokyo's Suntory Hall, where they performed the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets, and a cycle of Dvorak quartets at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

    Members of the quartet are violinists Nicholas Kitchen and Kristopher Tong, violist Mai Motobuchi, and cellist Yeesun Kim. The Borromeo is redefining the classical music landscape by pioneering the use computers that enable each musician to perform from four-part scores instead of individual parts. The group often features onstage projections of handwritten manuscripts by such composers as Beethoven and Schubert, vividly illustratinf the creative process as work.

    The Borromeo will be joined by the charismatic, two-time Grammy award winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, whose virtuosic musicianship has made him one of today's superstars. Also on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music, Stoltzman has been responsible for bringing the clarinet to the forefront as a solo instrument, and remains the world's foremost clarinetist.

    Beethoven String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95
    Dvorák String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 51
    Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581
  • Saturday, October 19, 2013, 7:30 pmLincoln Middle SchoolSingle tickets: Regular $20, Senior $15, Student $10 (available at the door)Trio con Brio CopenhagenTrio con Brio CopenhagenThere are times when two plus two can equal three. Trio con Brio Copenhagen is one such instance, where family ties, cultural blending, and musical connections all converge to color, shape and energize the concerts they perform worldwide. Two Korean sisters, violinist Soo-Jin and cellist Soo-Kyung Hong, joined with Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer to create the trio with the concept of pairs coming together. The sisters had played together since childhood, and Jens Elvekjaer and Soo-Kyung Hong (who are now married) had played cello-piano duos for years. Now all three perform what the Boston Globe describes as "exquisitely wrought music."

    Trio con Brio Copenhagen was awarded Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award, one of the most prestigious awards in all of chamber music. About the Trio's debut CD American Record Guide wrote: "One of the greatest performances of chamber music I've ever encountered. Melodies sing with an aching sweetness, seduce with a wild eroticism, or haunt with impenetrable mystery." A reviewer at Salzburg's Mozarteum described "the spell they cast over the audience, so alive, so musical—ravishing!"

    Beethoven Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3
    Cassadó Piano Trio in C major
    Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66
  • Saturday, November 23, 2013, 7:30 pmLincoln Middle SchoolSingle tickets: Regular $20, senior $15, student $10 (available at the door)Miró QuartetMiró QuartetWhen the Miró last performed for SFCM in the 2009-10 season, it was clear why this dynamic quartet has been garnering important awards (Avery Fisher Career Grant, Cleveland Quartet Award, Naumburg Chamber Music Award, to name a few) and winning praise internationally since their founding in 1995.

    In 2011 violinist William Fedkenheuer became the newest member of the quartet. The other members are founding member and first violinist Daniel Ching, violist John Largess, and cellist Joshua Gindele, also a founding member.

    Recent Miró Quartet seasons have included concerts in many of the world's most prestigious concert halls, such as London's Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, and the Konzerthaus in Vienna.

    The New York Times praised the Miró as possessing "explosive vigor and technical finesse."

    Haydn String Quartet in D Major, Op. 64, No. 5, "The Lark"
    Glass String Quartet No. 5
    Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, "Death and the Maiden"
  • Saturday, January 18, 2014, 7:30 pmLincoln Middle SchoolSingle tickets: Regular $20, Senior $15, Student $10 (available at the door)Bach and BachianasIn 1747 Frederick the Great challenged J.S. Bach with a theme that the monarch thought impossible to improvise upon. The astounding result was the Musical Offering. Two centuries later, Heitor Villa-Lobos fused his passion for Bach with his love of native music in his Brazilian "Bach-style" pieces.

    Members of Symphoria will be joined by soprano Laura Enslin, tenor Jonathan English, and bass Steven Stull to perform this outstanding program, which will be capped by Bach's miniature comic opera about a father who disapproves of his daughter's addiction to coffee. Since the Coffee Cantata was first performed at Zimmermann's Coffee House in Leipzig, and the disapproving father's name translates to "stick in the mud," you can guess whose side Bach is on.

    J.S. Bach Crab Canon
    J.S. Bach Trio Sonata in C minor BWV 1079 from "The Musical Offering"
    J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
    J.S. Bach Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211, "Coffee Cantata"
    Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for 8 cellos and soprano
  • Saturday, March 8, 2014, 7:30 pmLincoln Middle SchoolSingle tickets: Regular $20, Senior $15, Student $10 (available at the door)ConcertanteConcertanteConcertante is one of the country's few ensembles performing the small but exquisite repertoire for string sextet. What a treat to hear these masterpieces in live performance, especially when brought to life by these six gifted musicians, praised for their "richly blended sound" and "beautifully focused playing." (New York Times)

    R. Strauss String Sextet Op. 85, from "Capriccio"
    Dvorák String Sextet in A Major, Op. 48
    Brahms String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 18
  • Saturday, April 12, 2014, 7:30 pmLincoln Middle SchoolSingle tickets: Regular $20, Senior $15, Student $10 (available at the door)The Parker QuartetThe Parker QuartetHow is it that a string quartet can become such a sensation so quickly, snaring the Cleveland Quartet Award—the equivalent in chamber music terms of a Nobel Prize—and a Grammy for Best Chamber Music performance? Come hear for yourself why the Parker Quartet, hailed by the New York Times as "something extraordinary," has become one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation.

    In reviewing a recent recording, the Boston Globe wrote that "the Parkers tear through this music with both pinpoint precision and a spectacular sense of urgency. Whether the music floats or pounds, they play with the confidence of those speaking a native language."

    Schubert String Quartet No. 12 in C minor, "Quartettsatz"
    Shostakovich String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 117
    Beethoven String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1
  • Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7:30 pmLincoln Middle SchoolSingle tickets: Regular $20, Senior $15, Student $10 (available at the door)Walden Chamber PlayersWalden Chamber PlayersFounded in 1997, this Boston-based ensemble, comprised of twelve talented musicians, presents imaginative programs using various combinations of instruments. The success of its performances and recordings have made the Walden one of the most sought-after chamber ensembles in the country. For its concert with SFCM, five musicians playing oboe, piano, and strings will present an exciting program featuring two piano quartets and two lovely works with oboe. Chamber Music America raves: "A season spent with the Walden Chamber Players is a time for discovery."

    Turina Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 67
    Klughardt Schilflieder (Reed songs), Op. 28
    Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370
    Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60

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