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All 2018-19 Concerts Take Place On Thursdays in
McVinney Auditorium (Click here)
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Martinů Quartet, Walden Chamber Players,
Italian Saxophone Quartet, Horszowski Trio


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Thursday October 4, 2018, 7:30 PM

Martinů Quartet


W. A. Mozart: Divertimento in D, KV 136 13 min.

Erwin Schulhoff: String Quartet Nr.1 15 min.

Mieczyslav Weinberg: String Quartet Nr. 8 op.66 16 min.

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Antonín Dvořak: String Quartet in A flat, op.105

Lubomír Havlák, first violin
Libor Kaňka, second violin
Zbyněk Paďourek, viola
Jitka Vlašánková, violoncello

The brilliant Martinů Quartet was founded in 1967 by four students at the Prague Conservatory. Since, the group has become internationally acclaimed for their benchmark performances of works by Czech composers such as Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák and Leoš Janáček, and especially the works of Bohuslav Martinů. They perform annually at the prestigious Prague Spring Festival and give concerts throughout Europe, the United States, Canada and Japan. The quartet also teaches chamber music performance at two annual chamber music workshops in the Czech Republic, which are open to both amateur and professional musicians.

The Martinů Quartet has won many of the leading international competitions, including the ARD Munich (Germany), Evian (France), Yehudi Menuhin (Portsmouth, Britain) and the Prague Spring competitions, and can be heard performing live regularly on BBC, Radio France, ARD, ORF, and Czech Radio.

The ensemble received the coveted MIDEM prize in Cannes for the best CD of the year in the chamber music/solo category for the second of their three CDs for the NAXOS label of Bohuslav Martinů’s seven quartets and other chamber compositions.

The Quartet takes pleasure in seeking out neglected works and in giving first performances of pieces by contemporary composers. Their last double CD of Taneyev Quintets received great recognition, as have their recordings of works by Sylvie Bodorová, Ronald Stevenson, Sergey Taneyev, Frantisek Skroup
 and Elliot Miles McKinley.

The Martinů Quartet recently finished recording of chamber works of Petr Eben, one of the foremost composers from the Czech Republic, which was released on CD by the Czech Supraphon label in August 2017, the 10th anniversary of Eben's death. The Martinu Quartet is now engaged in a long-term project of performing and recording the complete quartet output of Czech-American composer Tomáš Svoboda.

Quotes:
 
"There are many top string quartets in the world. But by far not all have such breathtaking musicality, such spiritual penetration, and the ability to disclose their musical soul in such an unrestrained way, yet with completely rounded, flawless teamwork." – Passauer Neue Presse

"The Martinu players showed their gift for finding the emotional heart of a piece. This was an exquisitely crafted and profoundly moving performance." – The Strad

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Thursday November 29, 2018, 7:30 PM

Walden Chamber Players


Performing Nonets by
BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ, LOUIS SPOHR and CARL NIELSEN

Irina Muresanu, violin
Curtis Macomber, violin
Tatiana Dimitriades, violin
Alexander Velinzon, violin
Christof Huebner, viola
Ashima Scripp, cello
Donald Palma, double bass
Marianne Gedigian, flute
Clark Matthews, horn

The Boston-based Walden Chamber Players has garnered a reputation for being one of the most exciting and versatile chamber groups performing today. Critics have hailed its performances of everything from Bach to Schoenberg, and Chamber Music America Magazine raves: “A season spent with the Walden Chamber Players is a time for discovery." The success of its performances, recordings and educational curricula has earned it a place as one of the most sought-after chamber ensembles in the United States.

Founded in 1997, the Walden Chamber Players is comprised of twelve dynamic artists in various combinations of string, piano, and wind ensembles. The wide variety of instrumental groupings possible with this ensemble allows for great versatility and eclectic programming, a hallmark of the Walden Chamber Players. Members of the ensemble are versatile chamber artists and soloists who often perform at leading festivals throughout the United States and abroad. They are also sought-after teachers and lecturers and serve on the faculty of some of the country’s premier musical teaching institutions, such as the New England Conservatory of Music, University of Texas - Austin, Boston University, University of Maryland, the Boston Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School.

Walden presents a new concept of a classical concert both in content and presentation. Drawing from a rich palette of sources and styles, it mixes and matches the works of both classical and contemporary composers with an eye towards understanding the creative process and society at large–often mutually influencing forces–thereby creating a richer context.

The Walden Chamber Players is recognized for its strong advocacy of new music by composers such as Augusta Read Thomas, Alvin Singleton, Pierre Jalbert, Stephen Paulus, Gerhard Schedl, and Kaja Saariaho, among others. The popularity of its educational programs has led to the development of several long-term residencies and partnerships at schools and universities across the country.


“A season spent with the Walden Chamber Players is a time for discovery."
Chamber Music America Magazine

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Thursday March 28, 2019, 7:30 PM

Italian Saxophone Quartet


Performing music by
GLAZUNOV, FRANCAIX, ITURRALDE and SINGELE

(Final repertoire subject to change,)

Federico Mondelci, soprano saxophone
Davide Bartelucci alto saxophone
Pasquale Cesare, tenore saxophone
Michele Paolino, baritono saxophone

The award-winning Italian Saxophone Quartet was founded in 1982 by four saxophone soloists, close friends determined to join together to perform chamber music for saxophone at the very highest artistic level. Since then, they have played to wide acclaim in more than 500 concerts for leading presenters in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Japan, USA, Sweden, Lebanon, Bermuda and Russia. The quartet’s concerts have been recorded and broadcast by the Italian RAI-Radio 1 and RAI-Radio 3 as well as by Swedish, German, Japanese and American national radios.

Among their important projects, the quartet has performed Luciano Berio’s “Outis” with the Symphony Orchestra of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. They appeared as soloists with the Malipiero Symphony Orchestra in works by Piazzolla and Dubois, and collaborated with the Fonè String Quartet on the creation a new arrangement of the Art of the Fugue by J.S. Bach for string and saxophone quartets, which was premiered at the XXII International Chamber Music Festival in Asolo.

The Italian Saxophone Quartet annual tours of the United States have brought them to New York City, the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, and venues in California, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Idaho, Alaska and now Rhode Island.

A highlight of the current season is their Washington DC début with two concerts on the prestigious Dumbarton Oaks series. International activities include concerts at the Bermuda International Festival, the Alicante Festival (Spain), the Oleg Kagan Musikfest in Munich (Germany), the Palaces of St. Petersburg Chamber Music Festival (Russia), and the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut.

Their discography includes two CDs on the Delos label featuring music by Astor Piazzolla, Anibal Troilo, Pedro Iturralde, George Gershwin, Paul Nagle, Nino Rota, and Michael Nyman.

" Think you don't like saxophone quartets? Oh my, think again! . . . A revelation . . . knocked me out from the first notes." —Monterey Peninsula Herald

" A true world-class act.  It was the total package that wowed the audience. Every note of the evening was exquisite and this team really knew how to put on a show." – Sarasota Herald Tribune

" Ethereal and sensual sounds alternated with blazing virtuosity" – Il Corriere Adriatico

"There was musicality to burn-and technique likewise. Intense applause. They could have gone on playing for us all night." -La Repubblica, Rome

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Thursday April 25, 2019, 7:30 PM

Horszowski Trio with Masumi Rostad, viola

Germaine Tailleferre: Piano Trio

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26

Jesse Mills, violin
Raman Ramakrishnan, cello
Rieko Aizawa, piano
Masumi Rostad, viola

The Horszowski Trio has been hailed by The New York Times as “impressive, lithe, persuasive,” and called "the most compelling American group to come on the scene" by the New Yorker magazine. The Trio was formed in 2011 by three longtime friends – the two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills, Raman Ramakrishnan, the founding cellist of the prize-winning Daedalus Quartet, and acclaimed concert pianist Rieko Aizawa.

The Trio has performed hundreds of concerts across the U.S., Japan and Indian. They return to Asia for another tour in the Fall of 2018 and will make their European debut in 2019 at London's Wigmore Hall. They often collaborate with guest violists, clarinetists and singers, including members of the Guarneri, Pacifica and Tokyo Quartets.

Ms. Aizawa was the last pupil of the legendary pianist, Mieczysław Horszowski (1892-1993), at the Curtis Institute. The Trio takes inspiration from Mr. Horszowski’s musicianship, integrity, and humanity. Like Horszowski, the Trio presents repertoire spanning the traditional and the contemporary.

In addition, they seek to perform works from the trove of composers with whom Horszowski had personal contact, such as Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Martinu, Villa-Lobos, and Granados. Their debut recording, an album of works by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and D’Indy – in memory of Mieczysław Horszowski – was released by Bridge Records in 2014. Gramophone called them "a highly accomplished group," and raved: "exemplary performance... I long to hear more of the Horszowski Trio." After their successful debut recording, they have two more upcoming projects with Bridge Records: an All-Schumann Piano Trios disc, as well as an All-Brahms Piano Quartets set with Masumi Per Rostad from the Pacifica Quartet.

Based in New York City, the Horszowski Trio is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston.

"Impressive, Lithe, Persuasive." – New York Times
"Eloquent and enthralling" – Boston Globe

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