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The Brazilian Guitar Quartet, Tuesday, October 4, 2016 —  7:30pm

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Winner of the 2011 Latin Grammy Award in the “best classical album” category, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet has established itself as one of world’s leading guitar ensembles. Praised by the Washington Post for its “seductive beauty” and “virtuosic gusto,” the group’s unique combination, of regular six-string and extended-range, eight-string guitars, allows for the exploration of an original and unusual repertoire. In their more than ten years of activity, the BGQ has performed over 250 concerts in the Americas, Europe and Asia, often receiving ecstatic audience responses, garnering rave reviews, and meeting sold-out halls.

The BGQ’s discography includes six CDs for Delos. Three of them are devoted to Brazilian Music: Essência do Brasil (1999), Encantamento (2001) and the Latin Grammy winner Brazilian Guitar Quartet plays Villa-Lobos (2011). Two recordings present great works of Western classical music, Bach’s Four Orchestral Suites (2000) and Albéniz’s Suite Iberia (2006). The BGQ’s latest release, Spanish Dances (2014), pays tribute to some of Spain’s most beloved composers of the 19th and 20th centuries, in unique arrangements.

Program (Subject to change):

Manuel De Falla (1876-1946): Cuatro Piezas Espanolas                                                                                                                                                    Aragonesa, Cubana, Montanesa, Andaluza

Enrique Granados (1867-1916): El pelele (From Goyescas)

Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909): Three Pieces from Suite Iberia: Rondena, Almeria, Malaga

Villa Lobos (1887-1959): Cirandas
A procura de uma agulha, A canoa virou, A condessa
Villa Lobos: Quarteto No 5
Pouco Andantino, Vivo e energico, Andantino, Allegro

Camargo Guarnieri (1907-1993): Danca, Valsa No 8, Danca Brasileira

Francisco Mignone (1897-1986): Lunda, Lenda Sertaneja No 8, Congada

 

Zachary Ragent, Sunday November 13, 2016 — 3pm

Zachary Ragent HeadshotBetty Brewster Scholarship recipient, violinist Zachary Ragent, 26, was born and raised in San Mateo, CA, where he began playing the violin at the age of five. He recently completed his Master’s in violin performance with Aaron Berofsky at the University of Michigan, where he is currently pursuing a Specialist’s degree. Previously, Zachary completed his undergraduate work at UC Santa Cruz, where he studied with Roy Malan. While at UCSC, he served as both concertmaster of the University Orchestra and as a member of the undergraduate Resident String Quartet. He remains dedicated to the performance of new and contemporary works, programming them regularly on his own recitals.
While embracing his role as a performer, Zachary is also a dedicated teacher and a firm believer that music should serve and strengthen the community around it. To this end, he maintains a private studio and has been teaching for el Sistema based music programs in both California and Michigan since 2012.

Program (Subject to change):

Mozart: Sonata in A Major, k. 305

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 1 in f minor, Op 80

Brahms: Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op 100

Saint-Saens: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op 28

 

Ivan Moshchuk, Tuesday, December 6, 2016 — 7:30pm

Ivan-Moshchuk-2-1When asked about the purpose of his art, Ivan Moshchuk turns to the words of Robert Schumann – “to send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.” At 25, Ivan has already graced many of the eminent stages of North America and Europe, performing at leading classical music festivals such as the Gilmore Keyboard Festival (USA), Verbier Festival (Switzerland, as part of the Verbier Festival Academy, 2010), BANFF Music Festival (Canada), Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival (USA), and Rachmaninoff Festival in Kharkiv (Ukraine), as well as stages such as the Concertgebouw in the Amsterdam and Philharmonia in Bratislava. The international press has not only noticed Ivan’s meteoric rise, but declared that “it was impossible not to be impressed” (Baltimore Sun) by the musicianship of this young artist, marveling at his “rare combination of breathtaking technique and genuine musicality” (Kalamazoo Gazette), and his extraordinary ability to create “a density that lets you feel the spiritual aspects of the music.” (Zofinger Zeitung)

This past June, Ivan made his major stage solo debut at Detroit’s coveted Orchestra Hall, the first solo piano recital in that venue exclusively presented by ProMusica of Detroit in over 10 years. This past Spring, as part of his Detroit Sessions initiative, Ivan has also completed an impressive list of collaborations with musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theatre, the theatre company Shakespeare in Detroit, as well Schubert – Moments Musicaux D780as contemporary dance ensemble ArtLab J. Upcoming projects include the first outdoor classical concert in Detroit’s iconic Roosevelt Park, the only Menuhin Centenary Tribute in the United States featuring special guest Bruno Monsaingeon at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and a one-night only memoriam concert dedicated to the life and work of Emil Gilels, (considered one of the greatest Russian pianist of the 20th century) presented by the Cranbrook Music Guild.

Program (Subject to change):
Hommage á Gilels
Mozart – Sonata in C major K330
Beethoven Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op. 13
—intermission—
Chopin – Prelude cis-moll Op. 45
Chopin – Sonata no. 3 Op. 58

 

The Morgenstern Trio, Wednesday, February 15 — 7:30pm

Morgenstern trioTo name a piano trio after the popular nineteenth century German poet Christian Morgenstern was the inspiration of Catherine Klipfel, piano, Stefan Hempel, violin, and Emanuel Wehse, cellist, who met during their studies at the Folkwang Conservatory in Essen, Germany.
After only two short years of working together, the Morgenstern Trio emerged on the German Music Scene by being awarded top prizes and awards, such as the prestigious US Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Award in 2010. For the twenty prize concerts, the Morgenstern Trio has received superlative reviews and immediate re-invitations for following seasons. This prize catapulted them onto the scene in the USA with performances in Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center and at Carnegie Hall and other venues in NY, followed by concerts in such cities as Chicago, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Carmel, Louisville, Lexington, to Palm Beach.
The Washington Post wrote: “the group displayed a unanimity, polished technique and musical imagination that I thought had vanished from the scene with the demise of the Beaux Arts Trio”.
A few years earlier, the trio took First Prize at the International Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna, followed by two second prizes: the “Fifth Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition” and the prestigious “ARD Competition in Munich”, where they also received the audience prize. In the previous year they had already won the competitive scholarship of the “German Music Competition” and most recently, the Morgenstern Trio was selected by the ECHO (the European Concert Hall Organization) for the “Rising Star Series” granting debut concerts on all the European important stages in Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Cologne, Brussels, Birmingham and Stockholm to name a few and was named “ensemble in residence” at their Alma Mata, the Folkwang Conservatory. The Germany’s national program for young musicians and the “Best of NRW” Concert Series has provided the Morgenstern Trio a noticeable  platform with numerous concerts across Germany and live radio appearances to showcase their already consummate musicianship.

Program (Subject to change):

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Pianotrio Hoboken XV: 24 in D Major (15mn) Allegro
Andante
Allegro ma dolce

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
Phantasie for pianotrio in c minor H.79 (1907) 16mn Allegro moderato ma con fuoco –
Andante con molta espressione –
Allegro scherzoso –
Andante –
Allegro moderato –
Con anima

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Pianotrio op.66 c minor (1845) (30mn)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Allegro energico e con fuoco , Andante espressivo, Molto allegro quasi presto, Allegro appassionato

 

The Jasper String Quartet, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 — 7:30

Jasper-Quartet-410Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, Philadelphia’s Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians.
The Jaspers have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and “powerful” (New York Times). “The Jaspers… match their sounds perfectly, as if each swelling chord were coming out of a single, impossibly well-tuned organ, instead of four distinct instruments.” (New Haven Advocate)
Formed at Oberlin Conservatory, the Jaspers began pursuing a professional career in 2006 while studying with James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith as Rice University’s Graduate Quartet-in-Residence. In 2008, the quartet continued its training with the Tokyo String Quartet as Yale University’s Graduate Quartet-in-Residence.
The Jasper String Quartet is named after Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada.
The Jaspers perform pieces emotionally significant to its members ranging from Haydn and Beethoven through Berg, Ligeti, and living composers. They have commissioned string quartets from some of today’s best composers, including Aaron Jay Kernis, Andrew Norman, Nicholas Omiccioli, Conrad Tao and Annie Gosfield. Critics and audiences commend the Jasper String Quartet’s “programming savvy” (clevelandclassical.com) and they have performed throughout the United States and in Canada, England, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway and Panama.
The Jasper String Quartet has brought well over 100 outreach programs into schools and enjoys educational work of all types. In their Melba and Orville Roleffson Residency at the Banff Centre they embarked on “guerrilla chamber music,” performing concerts in unusual settings around Alberta, Canada. Currently, the quartet works closely with Philadelphia’s Astral Artists to bring outreach activities to schools.

Program (Subject to change):

Beethoven: Op. 18 no. 5

Missy Mazzoli (1980): Death Valley Junction

Dvorak: American String Quartet