Concerts for the 2014-2015 Season
- Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith SchoolSingle tickets: $25 regular, $15 senior, students free (available at the door)Dover QuartetThis brilliant young quartet swept prize after prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, and has been named the first-ever Quartet-in-Residence by the highly-esteemed Curtis Institute of Music.
"Destined for the company of some of the finest string quartets ever assembled."—Birmingham News.
"The Dover Quartet was sublime."—The Strad
Beethoven String Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No.5
Viktor Ullmann Quartet No. 3
Dvorák String Quartet in C Major No. 11, Op. 61
- Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith SchoolSingle tickets: $20 regular, $15 senior, students free (available at the door)Neave Piano TrioFrom the West coast comes this piano trio, hailed by critics as "absolutely stunning." (Golden Valley Music Society) Neave is Gaelic for "bright and radiant," words that describe this ensemble's music-making, says WQXR's Robert Sherman. In residence at San Diego State University, the Trio has won praise from coast (Carnegie Hall) to shining coast (Laguna Beach Live).
Haydn Piano Trio No. 28 in D Major
Shostakovich Piano Trio in E minor No. 2, Op. 67
Schubert Piano Trio in B-flat Major No. 1, Op. 99
- Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith SchoolSingle tickets: $25 regular, $15 senior, students free (available at the door)American String Quartet with pianist Anton NelOne of the world's foremost quartets, the American String Quartet is worthy to bear its proud name. In its 38 years thus far, the ensemble has performed the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert, Schoenberg and Bartok internationally. Its 2-volume set of the Mozart string quartets—on matched Stradivarius instruments—sets the gold standard. "Luxurious, beautifully sculptured performances." (New York Times) The distinguished pianist Anton Nel has appeared with the symphonies of Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, and London, among others, and has performed solo recitals in major venues worldwide.
"The kind of virtuosity that used to make audiences swoon."—Wall Street Journal
Mozart String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K. 465, "Dissonance"
Brahms String Quartet in B-flat Major No. 3, Op. 67
Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44
- Saturday, January 31, 2015, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith SchoolSingle tickets: $20 regular, $15 senior, students free (available at the door)Romantic StringsConcert sponsored by Eastern Security Services.John Oberbrunner, producer of our mid-winter concerts showcasing Central New York's professional musicians, has again come up with a winner. This year we'll hear some of the best-loved music of the Romantic era for string chamber orchestra, performed by members of Symphoria plus conductor.
Tchaikovsky Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 48
Mahler Adagietto from the Symphony No. 5
Barber Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
Suk Serenade in E-flat major for Strings, Op. 6
- Saturday, March 7, 2015, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith SchoolSingle tickets: $20 regular, $15 senior, students free (available at the door)Pallade MusicaPerformances by this prize-winning Montreal-based ensemble remind us that passion and virtuosity were alive in music way before the Romantic era. The four early music specialists of Pallade Musica will take us on an exploration of music in Venice at the dawn of the 17th century so that we can re-live the excitement of that dynamic time. An interesting new phenomenon was happening: composers were beginning to write instrumental music, not based on a text, but freely invented in their own minds. A major breakthrough in musical creativity!
The program will include music by Castello, Buxtehude, Sweelinck, Biber, Frescobaldi, and others from the thriving cosmopolitan city that was Venice.
- Saturday, March 21, 2015, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith SchoolSingle tickets: $20 regular, $15 senior, students free (available at the door)New York Woodwind QuintetAppointed ensemble-in-residence at Juilliard in 1987, this celebrated quintet has been performing to critical acclaim throughout the world for decades. The ensemble's exquisite musicality has inspired more than twenty composers to create new works for it to premiere. Many of these have become classics of the woodwind repertoire.
Reicha Quintet in D Major, Op. 100, No. 3
Pavel Haas Quintet, Op. 10
Poulenc Sonata for clarinet and bassoon
Hindemith Kleine Kammermusik
- Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7:30 pmSingle tickets: $25 regular, $15 senior, students free (available at the door)Juilliard String QuartetConcert sponsored by Dr. Elinor Spring-Mills and Dr. Darvin Varon.One of the best known and widely recorded ensembles of our time, the Juilliard Quartet remains an undisputed giant in the world of chamber music. Founded in 1946, the Quartet continues to renew itself and "has lost nothing of its artistry, or of its unexcelled authority as an exponent of music both old and new." (Seattle Times.) What a glorious way to close our season!
Haydn String Quartet Op. 33, No. 5 in G Major
Shulamit Ran Quartet No. 2
Beethoven String Quartet in F major, Op. 135
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