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RICMC is grateful for support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

All concerts take place at 7:30 PM in the First Unitarian Church,
1 Benevolent Street (corner of Benefit Street), Providence. See map.

Reservations are required for pre-concert suppers at the Brown Faculty Club. Reserve here.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011
J. S. Bach

Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor, arranged by Nicholas Kitchen

Borromeo Quartet
Felix
Mendelssohn

String Quartet in e minor, Op. 44 No. 2

Arnold
Schoenberg

String Quartet No. 1 in d minor, Op. 7

« A remarkably accomplished string quartet, not simply for
its high technical polish and refined tone, but more
importantly for the searching musical insights it brings »
– The Chicago Tribune

Since its explosive debut in 1989, the critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet has become one of the most sought after ensembles in the world, equally famous for its dynamic stage presence and ravishing interpretations of new music and old. They are rapidly redefining the classical music landscape through technological innovation. The New York Times recently wrote: "Thedigital tide washing over society is lapping at the shores of classical music. The Borromeo players have embraced it in their daily musical lives like no other major chamber music group."

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Olivier
Messiaen
Theme and Variations for violin and piano
Duo Prism
Photo Credit: Steve Sherman

Franz
Schubert

Fantasie in C Major for violin and piano, D. 934
Johannes Brahms
Trio for Horn, violin and piano in E-flat Major, Op.40

« Mills played Messiaen as if he'd just received it from
some distant, vast and magnificent reach of the cosmos »
– The Washington Post

Based in New York City, the Duo Prism is in demand for their artfully unique voice as interpreters of violin and piano works. They are acclaimed for reviving the contemporary fire of the classical works they perform, and for their collaborations with today's top composers. Jesse Mills, violin, is widely known as a champion of new music and a renowned improvisational artist. Rieko Aizawa, piano, is praised by the NY Times for her "impressive musicality, a crisp touch and expressive phrasing." Brad Gemeinhardt is one of New York City's leading horn players and performs with the Metropolitan Opera, NY Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and on Broadway.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga

String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat major

Modigliani Quartet

Franz
Schubert

String Quartet No. 4 in C major, D. 46

Alexander. Borodin

String Quartet No. 2 in D major

Karol Beffa
(b. 1976)
Quelques Cercles

« Haydn and Ravel seemed to live again with the outstanding
Modigliani quartet's unforgettable flame »
– Le Monde de la Musique

« Swirling Tensions, Surging Passions »
– New York Times

One of today's hottest international tickets, the Modigliani's chemistry invariably captivates audiences with their spontaneous style and staggering virtuosity. Formed in Paris in 2003, they were selected for this year's ECHO Rising Stars tour of Europe's most prestigious halls, in addition to tours in Australia and the USA. Engagements include Vienna's Musikverein, Lucerne Festival, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Luxembourg's Philharmonie, Tokyo's Kioi Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Gonzalo Castellanos Yumar
(Venezuela, 1926)
Fantasia for String Quartet (1946)
CuartetoLatinoamericano
Francisco Mignone
(Brazil, 1897-1986)
Barcarole (1932)
Minuetto (1924)
Three Spanish songs (1929)
Domingo Lobato
(Mexico, 1920)

Quartet in G Major (1958)

Alejandro Cardona
(Costa Rica, 1959)
Echú (2010)
(Dedicated to Cuarteto Latinoamericano)

George Gershwin
(USA,1898-1937)

Lullaby (1919)
Heitor Villa-Lobos
(Brazil 1887-1959)

String Quartet No. 5 (1931)

« Among the most fascinating and exciting string quartet
discs I have heard in a long time, with vital, fresh,
imaginative music and sensitive, brilliant performances »
– The Washington Post

Celebrating its thirtieth anniversary season, Mexico's award-winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano is known worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet. They have performed with many major orchestras and toured extensively around the globe to give performances in Europe and the Americas, Japan, China, New Zealand and Israel. The group has premiered more than a hundred new works written for them, and recorded more than fifty adventurous CDs exploring three centuries of Latin American music. Their sixth, and final, album of Villa-Lobos's 17 string quartets was nominated for both a United States and Latin Grammy Award.

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