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 actually plays entirely from memory, or 'by heart' as they like to put it. This is a substantial committment, and a risky one, but they feel musically liberated by it.
Sunday the 13th of November brings us the New Zealand Quartet. Never has a string quartet toured farther to get to us (>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, and the very effective yet not commonly heard Op.71, No.2 quartet from Haydn's tremendous output.
Speaking of rare treats, this season's CMH Special Feature will resonate from our stage with 'string quartet and voice' on February 12th. The spellbinding Carla Huhtanen joins me and three very fine associate chamber musicians to bring you music you might be surprised you didn't know, penned by some of the great masters of the twentieth century.
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 concert seven years ago; the last time I got them here. 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 will behold the Quatour Danel from Belgium. Having espoused the music of the Russians and even recorded the entire Shostakovich quartet cycle of fifteen works, they will bring us a cross section of vignettes from that country's 19th century culture, through to Soviet and contemporary Russian compositions.