2018-19 Artist Series

Calidore String QuartetCalidore String Quartet

Friday, October 5, 2018, 8 p.m.

The Calidore String Quartet’s “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” (New York Times) and “balance of intellect and expression” (Los Angeles Times) have won them accolades across the globe and firmly established them as one of the finest chamber music ensembles performing today. The Calidore String Quartet—violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry and cellist Estelle Choi—made international headlines as the winner of the $100,000 grand prize of the 2016 and inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world. Also in 2016, the quartet became the first North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and was named BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists—an honor that brings with it recordings, international radio broadcasts and appearances in Britain’s most prominent venues and festivals. Most recently, in 2017, the Calidore was honored with the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award.

Previously announced Spanish oboist Cristina Gómez Godoy will not be performing with Calidore due to illness. Instead the Calidore String Quartet will present a program called Resilience.

“We offer our performances of quartets by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Golijov and Janáček as a message of hope because they illuminate the human potential to create beauty, even in the darkest of circumstances.”
Calidore String Quartet

In a world of dissonance and conflict combined with omnipresent media reporting, the unrelenting noise of social and political discord seems to be ever increasing. But the power of creativity inherent in music can provide balm and respite. This is the strong belief of the young players of the celebrated Calidore String Quartet and it is their motivation for selecting this compelling repertoire for Resilience, their debut CD on Signum Records to be released worldwide on October 12.

Imani WindsImani Winds

Friday, February 22, 2019, 8 p.m.

“Classical music has been stubbornly resistant to an increasingly multicultural world. Imani Winds represents nothing less than the future of the once-quaint notion of the wind quintet.” —The Washington Post

Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “what triumph sounds like,” Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Since 1997 the Grammy-nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations and inspirational outreach programs. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions.

Starting in the fall of 2016 through 2018, Imani Winds has been appointed as the University of Chicago’s Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence. This multifaceted residency includes in-depth collaborations with wind students, the chamber music department, composition majors and the Hyde Park community and also features world premieres on the “UC Presents” Series, the presenting arm of the University.

Lorelei EnsembleLorelei Ensemble

Friday, March 1, 2019, 8 p.m.

Heralded for its “warm, lithe and beautifully blended” sound (The New York Times) and “impeccable musicality” (The Boston Globe), Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble is quickly becoming recognized as a source of some of the most innovative and inventive programming in Boston and beyond. Lorelei is an all-professional vocal ensemble comprising of nine women whose expertise ranges from early to contemporary repertoire and whose independent careers as soloists and ensemble singers across the globe lend to the rich and diverse vocal palate that defines the ensemble’s consistent delivery of “exact, smooth, and stylish” programming (The Boston Globe).

Committed to the expansion of the repertoire for women’s voices, Lorelei has commissioned and premiered more than 50 new works since its founding in 2007 and continues to expose and reinvent early works of the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque repertoires. Driven by its mission to advance the women’s vocal ensemble and enrich the vocal repertoire through forward-thinking and co-creative collaboration, Lorelei works with established and emerging composers from the United States and abroad to create new works that reveal the extraordinary.

Alarm Will SoundAlarm Will Sound

Friday, April 5, 2019, 8 p.m

Alarm Will Sound is “one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene” (The New York Times). A 20-member band committed to innovative performances and recordings of today’s music, they have established a reputation for performing demanding music with energetic skill.

With classical skill and unlimited curiosity, Alarm Will Sound takes on music from a wide variety of styles. “Stylistically omnivorous and physically versatile” (The Log Journal), their repertoire comes from around the world and ranges from the arch-modernist to the pop-influenced. Since its inception, Alarm Will Sound has been associated with composers at the forefront of contemporary music. The group itself includes many composer-performers, which allows for an unusual degree of insight into the creation and performance of new work.

Alarm Will Sound is the resident ensemble at the Mizzou International Composers Festival. Held each July at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the festival features eight world premieres by early-career composers. In 2013-14, Alarm Will Sound served as artists-in-residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Alarm Will Sound may be heard on thirteen recordings including its most recent, Splitting Adams, and the premiere recording of Steve Reich’s Radio Rewrite. Acoustica, their genre-bending, critically-acclaimed album, features live-performance arrangements of music by electronica guru Aphex Twin.

For more information and to join the mailing list, visit Alarm Will Sound’s website at www.alarmwillsound.com.

This event is also part of the New Music Series.