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Sunday October 27, 2013, 3:00 PM

Cuarteto Casals

Cuarteto Casals

Franz Joseph Haydn: Quartet in C Major, Op. 33, No. 3 “The Bird”

György Sándor–Ligeti: Quartet No. 1 “Métamorphoses nocturnes”

Eduard Toldrà Soler: Vistes al Mar

Joaquín Turina: Oración del Torero

With a sparkling international profile spanning 16 years, the Cuarteto Casals is one of Europe’s most distinguished string quartets. This multi-award winning Spanish ensemble has garnered extensive critical acclaim and is a frequent guest at the world’s most prestigious concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Musikverein Vienna, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique Paris, and the Philharmonie in Berlin.

Recording exclusively for the Harmonia Mundi label, they are champions of Spanish composers like Arriaga, Toldrá, and Turina, and often accompany the King of Spain on diplomatic visits.

“One couldn’t have wished for better advocates than the Cuarteto Casals, whose warm, full-toned playing was immaculate and poetic throughout.” – The Independent, London

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Wednesday November 20, 2013, 7:30 PM

Linden String Quartet with
          Michael Brown, piano

Linden Quartet, Michael Brown

Frank Bridge: Three Idylls for String Quartet (1909)

Kelly-Marie Murphy: Dark Energy (2007)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 14 in Eb Major,
      K. 449 (Mozart's arrangement)

Edward Elgar: Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 8

Praised for its “performances of consummate artistry and near-flawless execution,” the Linden String Quartet won the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition just two years after its founding at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The Quartet has enjoyed stunning success, winning the Gold Medal at the prestigious 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the 2009 Coleman-Barstow Prize, First Prize at the 2010 Hugo Kauder Competition, and recently, the ProQuartet Prize at the Borciani International String Quartet Competition.

The New York Times declared prize-winning artist Michael Brown “a young piano visionary,” praising him for “a magnificent performance” and a “powerful technique and a vivid imagination.” Lauded for his great confidence and rhythmic flair, Brown’s recent solo recitals include Avery Fisher Hall, the Metropolitan Museum, Ravinia Rising Stars Series, the Dame Myra Hess Concerts, and appearances at the Marlboro, Caramoor, and Moab music festivals. He is recording an all-Schubert disc for Naxos and piano works by George Perle for Bridge Records.

“Polished, radiant and incisive ” – The Strad

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Wednesday March 26, 2014, 7:30 PM

Artemis String Quartet

Artemis Quartet

Johannes Brahms: Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1

György Kurtág: Quartet Op.28 "Officium breve, in Memoriam Andreae Szervánsky"

Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131

The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet is unanimously lauded as one of the premiere string quartets in the world. Since their debut in Germany in 1989, the quartet has performed sold out concerts in all the great music centres and at international festivals in Europe, the USA, Japan, South America and Australia.

Recording exclusively for Virgin Classics/EMI since 2005, their extensive award-winning discography has become a benchmark for classical music lovers worldwide. The Artemis is especially renowned for their sublime performances of Beethoven’s music, and their collectible “Beethoven Complete” CD project was awarded the prestigious “Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros.”

Since 2004, the Artemis has been programming its own critically acclaimed series in the Berlin Philharmonie and was named Quartet in Residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus in 2011.

“The Artemis Quartet’s technique is on par with the most virtuoso competitors and their musicality surpasses that of all other ensembles!” – Die Süddeutsche Zeitung

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Wednesday April 23, 2014, 7:30 PM

Gryphon Trio

Gryphon Trio

Around the Great War:

Rebecca Clarke: Trio for Violin, Cello and Pianoin e-flat minor

Charles Ives: Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 86

Maurice Ravel: Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in A minor

Having impressed international audiences and the press with their refined, dynamic performances, the Gryphon Trio has firmly established itself as one of world’s preeminent piano trios. With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century. Pushing the boundaries of chamber music, the Trio has commissioned and premiered over seventy-five adventurous new works from both established and emerging composers.

Their sixteen celebrated recordings are an encyclopedia of works for Piano Trio by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Dvorák, Lalo, Shostakovich, and Piazzolla. Their recent disc of trios by Ludwig van Beethoven was given a Juno Award by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for Best Classical Album.

“Big, bold, almost orchestral performances. The Gryphon brings bravura spirit to the piano trio.” – Los Angeles Times

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