2013–14 Artist Series
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
Rachel Lee, violin
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 8 p.m.
Violinist Rachel Lee is one of today’s most captivating artists, and “already commands an impressive musical profile,” according to the Chicago Tribune. Noted for her compelling stage presence and a unique ability to “make the music sing” (The Baltimore Sun), as well as her commitment to a wide-ranging repertoire, she has made several important orchestral debuts in recent seasons, including performances with the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston and Seattle Symphony Orchestras.
“Lee combines the passion and impetuosity of youth with a depth and maturity of a musician two or three times her age.”
Orion Weiss, Piano
Friday, April 11, 2014, 8 p.m.
One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, pianist Orion Weiss has performed with many major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim. Weiss’s impressive list of awards includes the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Juilliard School and the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship.
“When you’re named after one of the biggest constellations in the night sky, the pressure is on to display a little star power—and the young pianist Orion Weiss did exactly that.”
—The Washington Post
Seraphic Fire with Spektral quartet
Friday, April 18, 2014, 8 p.m.
Entering its second decade, Seraphic Fire is widely regarded as one of the most important vocal ensembles in the United States. Led by founder and artistic director Patrick Dupré Quigley, Seraphic Fire brings the best ensemble singers from around the country to perform repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to newly commissioned works. This past year, the ensemble’s recordings Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem and A Seraphic Fire Christmas were nominated for two 2012 Grammy awards. Seraphic Fire was the only choir in North or South America to be nominated, and the only classical ensemble in the world to be nominated for two separate projects. With its innovative programming consistently filling venues with a “crowd that other classical presenters would kill to attract” (Chicago Classical Review), the Spektral Quartet has established itself as one of Chicago’s most intrepid and adroit ensembles. With a priority on evaporating the perceived boundary between traditional masterworks and the music of the present, Spektral concerts feature the likes of Beethoven and Mozart alongside Carter and Adés.
“One of the most inventive and adventurous classical music ensembles in the country.”
—South Florida Sun Sentinel