Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley

Matt Haimovitz, cello,
and Christopher O’Riley, piano
Saturday, October 27, 2012  8 p.m.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O’Riley open the Artist Series Oct. 27 in an eclectic collaboration that crisscrosses classical and pop music genres. The two join together to explore the lyrical and virtuosic properties of their instruments in a program that showcases their talents as collaborators and soloists, defining what it means to be an artist in the 21st century. Their program will feature works by Bach and Gabrielli, Radiohead and Arcade Fire, Piazzolla and Stravinsky.

“O’Riley played so delicately that he seemingly left no fingerprints on the keys, yet his melodies sung out with sweet clarity.”
—The Washington Post

“Haimovitz played with great concentration, nobility of expression and technical panache.”
—Boston Globe

Audra McDonald

Sunday, March 10, 2013  8 p.m.

Audra McDonald is a five-time Tony-award winner and among today’s most highly regarded performers. Blessed with a luminous soprano and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth-telling, she is equally at home on Broadway and opera stages as in roles on film and television. In addition to her theatrical work, she maintains a major career as a concert and recording artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world.

NOTE: McDonald is replacing previously announced Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, who has had to cancel her appearance. Series orders for the Kelli O’Hara performance will be honored for the Audra McDonald concert. If ticket holders have any questions or would like to exchange their tickets for another event or receive a refund, please contact the Lawrence University Box Office.

Jupiter String Quartet

Friday, April 12, 2013 8 p.m.

The Jupiter String Quartet, winners of both the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, performs April 12, 2013. The Jupiter String Quartet is rising to the top of the substantial heap of exciting young American string quartets.

Formed in 2001, Boston-based Jupiter added winners of the Young Concert Artists International auditions to its resume in 2005. Recently the quartet marked another career milestone, playing the complete Beethoven cycle – all 16 works – for the Aspen Music Festival last summer. In the quartet’s Napa debut it floored the audience with the Mendelssohn op. 80. Other notable performances have included Mendelssohn’s op. 44, No. 1 along with the Beethoven op. 74, and the searing Bartok String Quartet No. 6.

“The Jupiter String Quartet performs with free-wheeling excitement and precise ensemble. As you would expect from a group that named itself after the king of the gods, they don’t lack for confidence.”
—The Washington Post

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Friday, April 26, 2013 8 p.m.

Hailed by England’s Manchester Evening News as “arguably the best ensemble of its kind in the world,” the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet rounds out the 2012-2013 Artists Series. The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet continues to astonish audiences worldwide with its range of expression, tonal spectrum, conceptual unity and uncanny ability to unite five disparate sounds into a collective smoothness.

Listeners and critics agree that the ensemble has succeeded in virtually redefining the sound of the classic wind quintet. The ensemble’s repertoire covers not only the entire spectrum of the wind quintet literature, but also includes works for enlarged ensemble, i.e., the sextets of Janácek and Reinicke or the septets of Hindemith and Koechlin. In addition, collaboration with pianists such as Lars Vogt, Stephen Hough, Jon Nakamatsu and Lilya Zilberstein have intensified in recent years.

The Berlin Philharmonic Quintet, the first permanently established wind quintet int the Berlin Philharmonic’s long history of chamber music, has been dazzling audiences around the world since 1988. The ensemble’s commitment to the wind quintet repertoire is passionate and in 1991 it found the perfect partner for its recording plans, the Swedish company BIS Records, already well known in its own right for its uncompromising standards. The results of this long and exclusive collaboration have received critical accolades worldwide—indeed many of these recordings are already widely held to be definitive or reference performances.

St. Louis Brass

Friday, October 11, 2013 8 p.m.

Founded in 1964, the St. Louis Brass Quintet is one of America’s longest-standing brass quintets. The group was originally formed by members of the St. Louis Symphony to play children’s concerts around the St. Louis area. Soon, though, they expanded to present full-length concerts funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Missouri Arts Council and the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Now, 40 years after its founding, the group has played more than 2,500 engagements. Trombonist Melvyn Jernigan, the only original member still in the group—and the only one who actually lives in St. Louis—is joined by musicians who hold top positions across the United States.

"A wonderful ensemble, both in the technical sense and as an atmosphere that emanates from the stage.”
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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