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BEETHOVEN STRING QUARTETS: PART VI Tuesday, February 18, 2020 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
BEETHOVEN STRING QUARTETS: PART VI

Ludwig van Beethoven literally changed the course of music—not only how music sounded, but how it was performed, listened to, and used in society. Beethoven’s 16 string quartets, composed in groups corresponding to his early, middle, and late periods, leap from one level of sophistication to the next. They tell the complete story of one of history’s greatest artists, a composer possessed of an inexplicable, cosmic genius whose work continues to transcend the confines of era, style, or nationality.

The Danish String Quartet performs the quartets in the order that Beethoven composed them, between 1798 and 1826. Join us for one of music’s incomparable journeys.

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LIGETI'S BAGATELLES FOR WIND QUINTET Tuesday, February 25, 2020 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
LIGETI'S BAGATELLES FOR WIND QUINTET

The Hungarian György Ligeti was one of the 20th century’s greatest musical innovators. His effervescent Six Bagatelles for wind quintet connected the music of his great influence, Bartók, to the language of the future. This outstanding collection of internationally-renowned wind players, joined by pianist Michael Brown, offers wind ensemble classics of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

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SCHUMANN'S PIANO QUINTET Sunday, March 8, 2020 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
SCHUMANN'S PIANO QUINTET

Robert Schumann, in one of music’s most astonishingly creative outbursts, composed six major chamber works between June and December, 1842. His Piano Quintet established the genre as no work had before, becoming an instant classic and paving the way for the immortal quintets by such composers as Brahms, Fauré, and Shostakovich.

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BARTÓK'S SONATA FOR TWO PIANOS AND PERCUSSION Sunday, March 15, 2020 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
BARTÓK'S SONATA FOR TWO PIANOS AND PERCUSSION

A feast for the eyes and ears, Bartók’s ingenious creation stands alone in the chamber music literature, an astonishing synthesis of percussion and keyboard. Also featured on the program are two more milestones: Dohnányi’s delectable Serenade, the 20th century’s first string trio, and Tchaikovsky’s String Sextet ne plus ultra, “Souvenir de Florence.”

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MESSIAEN'S QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME Friday, March 20, 2020 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
MESSIAEN'S QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME

“I saw a mighty angel descend from heaven, clad in mist.” So begins Olivier Messiaen’s introduction to this work, composed and premiered in a prisoner of war camp, which transcends its medium to become one of music’s most powerful, life-changing experiences. Brahms in his most introspective mood, and Stravinsky nodding to the Classical style, lead to Messiaen’s mesmerizing, mystical depiction of the apocalypse, amid bird calls, the sound of seven trumpets, and a final, hypnotic affirmation of immortality.

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BEETHOVEN'S PIANO TRIO, OP. 1, NO. 1 Sunday, March 29, 2020 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
BEETHOVEN'S PIANO TRIO, OP. 1, NO. 1

Composed to help launch a major career in Vienna, Beethoven’s three Op. 1 piano trios are true milestones in the chamber literature. That Beethoven chose the piano trio to show his personality and skill speaks volumes of the stature of chamber music in the Classical age, and Beethoven did not disappoint: his first three trios earned him enough to pay his bills for almost three years. Debussy’s charming Petite Suite for Piano, Four Hands leads to the audacious, show-stopping chamber concerto of Chausson.

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MOZART'S PIANO QUARTET IN G MINOR Friday, April 3, 2020 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
MOZART'S PIANO QUARTET IN G MINOR

The piano quartet, consisting of piano, violin, viola, and cello, was basically invented by Mozart. His two immensely popular works in the genre paved the way for a far-reaching succession of piano quartets by major composers, all the way into the 20th century. With Mozart’s remarkable innovation to open this concert, contrasting works by two of the greatest German composers follow, offering a bird’s-eye view of a rich, 100-year musical landscape.

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GERSHWIN'S RHAPSODY IN BLUE Sunday, April 19, 2020 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
GERSHWIN'S RHAPSODY IN BLUE

In terms of pure musicality, George Gershwin was America’s Schubert. He composed with a creativity and skill that immortalized his art, and hardly any of his works is more embedded in the world’s musical consciousness than Rhapsody in Blue, originally described by Gershwin as a “symphony” for piano solo and jazz band. This extraordinary chamber music program pays tribute to great composers who crossed the bridge between the classical and jazz idiom, with dazzling results.

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SHOSTAKOVICH'S PIANO QUINTET Friday, April 24, 2020 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
SHOSTAKOVICH'S PIANO QUINTET

Our milestone work by Shostakovich holds a rightful place in the line of great piano quintets going back to Schumann’s of 1842. Combining the rigor of Bach with the powerful energy and extreme irony of Soviet era music, the work is a milestone not only of chamber music but also of Shostakovich’s career: it won him the coveted Stalin Prize. This essential quintet is accompanied by a youthful Beethoven sonata and Mendelssohn’s appropriately tempestuous First Piano Trio.

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SCHOENBERG'S VERKLÄRTE NACHT Sunday, May 3, 2020 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
SCHOENBERG'S VERKLÄRTE NACHT

“Two people walk through the cold, bare woods.” This magical work by Schoenberg was created at two crossroads: the close of the 19th century, and the twilight of the Romantic age. Influenced by the lushness of Wagner, yet imbued with the integrity of Brahms, this beloved sextet bids a nostalgic farewell to the art and thinking of its time. This captivating program juxtaposes music of different eras, nationalities, and styles, all inspired by the enchanting mysteries of the night.

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MENDELSSOHN'S OCTET Sunday, May 17, 2020 5:00PM - Tuesday, May 19, 2020 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
MENDELSSOHN'S OCTET

We end our milestone season with a work rightly considered a true miracle: Mendelssohn’s Octet. Written by the composer when he was only 16 years old, it is as masterful in every way as the valedictory works of any composer. Words cannot describe the excitement this piece generates in the concert hall; one simply has to experience it. Mendelssohn’s Octet has inspired countless works, two of which are on this program: Shostakovich’s compact and frenetic octet of 1925, and Enescu’s towering octet of 1900.

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