The Performing Arts at Lawrence 2014-2015

2014–15 Artist Series

Philip Setzer, David Finckel and Wu Han

Friday, October 17, 2014, 8 p.m.

Violinist Philip Setzer joins David Finckel and Wu Han, co-artistic directors of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, to form a dynamic chamber music trio. Finckel and Han, Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, and Setzer rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. Setzer is a current and founding member of the Emerson String Quartet and performed with Finckel for 34 years in that ensemble, which has garnered awards and acclaim worldwide.

“An exuberant, eddying account … grabbing listeners, as it were, by the throats.”
Mercury News


Heidi Stober '00

With Craig Terry, piano and Laura Deming, cello

Friday, March 13, 2015, 8 p.m.

Currently a principal artist at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, American soprano—and Lawrence alumna—Heidi Stober stunned audiences with her sterling lyric soprano voice and incisive stage personality in her house debut in fall 2008 as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. She has since appeared there in a variety of leading roles including Micaëla in Carmen, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera and Nanetta in Falstaff.

Heidi Stober … got the complete package: a winsome presence along with an instrument of stunning brilliance, proportion and beauty.
Opera News


Third Coast Percussion

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 8 p.m.

Third Coast Percussion explores and expands the extraordinary sonic possibilities of the percussion repertoire, delivering exciting performances for audiences of all kinds. Since its formation in 2005, Third Coast Percussion has gained national attention with concerts and recordings that meld the energy of rock music with the precision and nuance of classical chamber works.

Vibrant … superb.

—Alex Ross, The New Yorker


Kronos Quartet

Friday, May 15, 2015, 8 p.m.

For more than 30 years, the Kronos Quartet—David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola) and Sunny Yang (cello)—has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 45 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, collaborating with many of the world's most eclectic composers and performers, and commissioning more than 650 works and arrangements for string quartet. Kronos' work has also garnered numerous awards, including a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and Musicians of the Year (2003) from Musical America.

Kronos says all that needs to be said about constructive power of a pluralist, rather than a fundamentalist, view of the world.
The New Yorker