2019–20 Artist Series
Friday, October 4, 2019, 8 p.m.
Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), Brooklyn Rider offers eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. For this performance Brooklyn Rider will perform their new project Healing Modes. The healing properties of music have been recognized from ancient Greek civilization to the field of modern neuroscience and expressed in countless global traditions. The slow movement of Beethoven’s Opus 132, a ‘Song of Holy Thanksgiving From a Convalescent to the Deity in the Lydian mode,’ is among the most profound expressions of healing in the string quartet repertoire. This autumnal masterwork is presented in its entirety alongside five compact new commissions which explore the subject of healing from a wide range of historical and cultural perspectives. Composers include Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts and recent Pulitzer Prize winners Caroline Shaw and Du Yun.
Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet
Friday, February 28, 2020, 8 p.m.
Norwegian trumpet virtuoso Tine Thing Helseth is as much at ease playing Bach or Haydn as she is with works well beyond the instrument’s comfort zone, including arrangements of songs by Puccini or the Beach Boys and marches by Fritz Kreisler and tangos by Piazzolla. Praised for her “astonishingly outstanding intonation” by Gramophone magazine, Helseth’s intensity and enthusiasm have earned her the kind of rock star status most classical soloists dream of.
Following her 2013 BBC Proms debut performance of Matthias Pintscher’s Chute d’étoiles with the BBC Scottish Symphony, Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth has rapidly established herself as one of the foremost trumpet soloists of our time, garnering critical praise for her soulful, lyrical sound and collaborative approach to music-making.
Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
Friday, April 3, 2020, 8 p.m.
Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. Described as “the most dynamic duo of this generation” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “rock stars of the classical music world” (Miami Herald), and “the very model of complete 21st-century musicians” (The Washington Post), the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo aims to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world. During the 2017–18 season, they performed across the North American continent in numerous recital appearances (including their Kennedy Center debut), then made their way to New Zealand for a 10-city tour. Orchestral engagements included performances of Anderson & Roe’s Carmen Fantasy for Two Pianos and Orchestra with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony, Bach’s Concerto for Two Pianos with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and a Halloween multimedia recital program for the San Francisco Symphony. Other season highlights included hosting the 17-day medici.tv webcast of the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the release of their latest album, Mother Muse, and the introduction of a new music competition that awarded the winning composer of an Anderson and Roe-produced music video.
Melody Moore, soprano
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 8 p.m
Soprano Melody Moore is enjoying a thriving career on the world’s leading stages, prompting Opera News to label her “a revelation,” and of her recent sold-out appearance at Carnegie Hall to rave, “As I left the auditorium, I could only think: more of Moore, please.”
In the 2018–2019 season, Ms. Moore returns to Houston Grand Opera to reprise the roles of Senta in the season opening production of Die fliegende Holländer led by Music Director Patrick Summers, and Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni in a new production by Kasper Holten. She returns to Los Angeles Opera to make her role debut as Gertrude in Hänsel and Gretel under the baton of Music Director James Conlon. On the concert stage, she debuts with the Dresdner Philharmonie in the roles of Giorgetta in Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, both of which will be recorded for commercial release by Pentatone Records. She revisits her critically acclaimed portrayal of Strauss’ Salome in Daegu, South Korea and will will record a solo album of American music with pianist Bradley Moore for Pentatone Records.