ARTISTIC DIRECTOR's MESSAGE - OUR 2016-2017 SEASON
Welcome to another season of great music and great players brought to our city from the world over. This year we'll experience the sounds of ensembles from the reach of more continents than ever.
It begins on October 2nd with the Chiara String Quartet. Based in Nebraska, its players hail from diverse parts of the world and found each other at Juilliard. This is one of the world's very few string quartets that plays entirely from memory, or 'by heart' as they like to put it. It's a substantial commitment, and a risky one but they feel musically liberated by it.
Sunday November 13th brings us the New Zealand Quartet. Never has a string quartet been based farther away (>14000 kilometers). They will proudly present music of their home country as well as the ardent Grieg G minor quartet we don't often get to hear. Also, the very effective yet not commonly heard Op.71, No.2 quartet from Haydn's tremendous output.
Speaking of rare treats, on February 12th, this season's Special Feature aggregates the string quartet with the singing voice. It's dynamite. The lyrical capability, intimate nature and expressive flexibility makes this form a dark horse. Great Canadian soprano Carla Huhtanen and "standout" baritone, Stephen Hegedus, as international press most often calls him, join illustrious Canadian string players Aaron Schwebel, Keith Hamm and Paul Pulford along with me to bring you the masterworks for this form, as well as famous gems in this superior combination.
On March 5th, the Trio Con Brio Copenhagen graces our stage, having descended upon us from Denmark the night before. Some of you will remember their popular concert of seven years ago; the first and last visit of theirs I managed to arrange. They will also bring something of their culture; a piece dedicated to them, which they will follow by two great classics of the nineteenth century.
On April 16th, we get to enjoy the Quatuor Danel from Belgium. Easter Sunday of this year was the only time I could have them. Experts of Russian music, they recorded the entire fifteen-quartet Shostakovich cycle and will play the hair-raising third one, along with a cross section of vignettes from that country's 19th century, Soviet and contemporary eras. Try not to miss this.