2012–13 Artist Series

Matt Haimovitz, cello, and Christopher O’Riley, piano

Saturday, October 27, 2012,  8 p.m.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O’Riley join together to explore the lyrical and virtuosic properties of their instruments in a collaboration that crosses in and out of the classical and pop music genres. The program showcases their talents as collaborators and soloists, defining what it means to be an artist in the 21st century. Audiences will hear 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


Kelli O’Hara, soprano

Saturday, March 9, 2013  8 p.m.

Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. She recently starred in the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center, enrapturing audiences and critics alike with her soulful and complex interpretation of Nellie Forbush, and garnering a third Tony nomination. A native of Oklahoma, O’Hara made her Broadway debut in Jekyll & Hyde and followed it with Sondheim’s Follies, Sweet Smell of Success opposite John Lithgow and Dracula. In 2003 she committed to a production of The Light in the Piazza at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre. The show landed on Broadway in 2005 and earned O’Hara her first Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. She moved from one huge critical and commercial success to another when she joined Harry Connick on Broadway in the 2006 Tony Award-winning production of The Pajama Game, for which she received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award nominations.

“Broadway’s golden girl and luminous star.”
—The New York Times


Jupiter String Quartet

Friday, April 12, 2013  8 p.m.

The Jupiter String Quartet is rising to the top of the substantial heap of exciting young American string quartets. It came to international attention when it won both the Banff and Fischoff string quartet competitions. Recently the quartet marked another career milestone, playing the complete Beethoven cycle for the Aspen Music Festival. 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 freewheeling 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.

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet continues to astonish audiences worldwide with its range of expression, tonal spectrum and conceptual unity. 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 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.

“A beautifully turned performance ... vividly evocative.”
—The Washington Post