2016-17 Artist Series
Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 / 8 p.m.
After 25 years of friendship and music-making, Ani Kavafian, Andre-Michel Schub and David Shifrin—each a true virtuoso and a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center—come together as a trio with undeniable chemistry. “The spontaneity, the excitement and the fun we have playing together is beyond what we ever anticipated,” they said. Combined, they have performed with nearly every major orchestra around the world and in recital at the major concert halls. Violinist Ani Kavafian is one of the most sought after chamber musicians in the country as well as a frequent soloist and professor of violin at Yale University. Clarinetist David Shifrin has appeared in critically acclaimed recitals across the country and is a frequent orchestra soloist with major orchestras. As a piano recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician, Andre-Michel Schub has been praised by critics and audiences since his career began more than three decades ago.
“No praise can be too high ... for the three hypervirtuosos ...” —The Boston Globe
Elias String Quartet
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 / 8 p.m.
The Elias String Quartet is internationally acclaimed as one of the leading ensembles of its generation. Known for its intense and vibrant performances, the quartet has traveled the globe collaborating with some of the finest musicians and playing in the world’s great halls. Last year saw the quartet complete its groundbreaking Beethoven Project: performing and recording the complete string quartets of Beethoven. The project was broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and performed in 11 major venues in the UK. The quartet has also recorded the cycle for the Wigmore Hall Live record label. The Elias will soon take all-Beethoven programs to Carnegie Hall (New York) and San Francisco performances. The quartet has performed alongside such artists as Leon Fleisher, Michael Collins, Christian Zacharias, Pascal Moragues and Ralph Kirshbaum. The Elias is passionate about new music and has premiered pieces by Sally Beamish, Colin Matthews, Matthew Hindson and Timo Andres.
“Spectacular … a perfectly balanced mix of vitality, depth, formal elegance and that playful, flirtatious wit that makes all of Haydn’s quartets so impossible to resist.” —The Washington Post
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 / 8 p.m.
Mnozil Brass has established itself as one of the world’s premiere brass ensembles. With more than 130 performances a year, the group has sold out houses from the farthest reaches of the European continent to Israel, China, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, and has captivated audiences with its blend of immense virtuosity and theatrical wit. No wonder its videos have garnered millions of YouTube views and its fans have traveled countless miles to hear it play.
Mnozil Brass takes its name from the Gasthaus Mnozil, a restaurant across the street from the Vienna Conservatory, where, in 1992, seven young brass musicians met and began playing at a monthly open mic. Since then, the group has embraced repertoire for all ages and stages of life: from folk to classical to jazz to pop; all executed with the same fearlessness, immense technical skill and typical Viennese “schmäh” (almost impossible to find an English translation, but best rendered as a kind of sarcastic charm!).
“The group are famous for mixing fantastic brass playing, close harmony vocals and the highest rate musical entertainment you could wish for.” —The Public Reviews
Roomful of Teeth
Friday, April 7, 2017 / 8 p.m.
Roomful of Teeth is a Grammy-winning vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from singing traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders. Founded at Williams College by music professor Brad Wells, its members are classically trained singers who draw on techniques and genres as disparate as yodeling and Tuvan throat singing. The ensemble works closely with contemporary composers in creating an ecstatic, entirely commissioned repertoire. NPR declares, “their singing is fiercely beautiful and bravely, utterly exposed.”
The group has collaborated with a variety of composers, including Judd Greenstein, William Brittelle, John Luther Adams, Terry Riley and 2015 Pulitzer Prize recipient Julia Wolfe. In March 2015, it performed Drone Mass, a world premiere by the Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson, whose score for the film The Theory of Everything was nominated for an Academy Award.
“Roomful of Teeth is making some of the most rigorously venturesome and thrillingly inventive music being made by any ensemble, vocal or instrumental, today.” —The Nation