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June 25: Escher String Quartet

The summer opens with the Escher String Quartet’s Festival début. They begin with the only complete movement of Schubert’s mysteriously unfinished twelfth string quartet before exploring the early work of Arnold Schoenberg. Composed over a decade before the composer’s experiments with twelve tones, Schoenberg’s first Quartet features a densely woven motivic texture, stretching the limits of ‘D Minor’ and tonal expression. For the second half, the quartet joins forces with Alan Chow for Dvořák’s glorious Piano Quintet, setting the stage for several more programs featuring Dvořák’s music this season.

Escher String Quartet

Adam Barnett-Hart, Danbi Um, violin • Pierre Lapointe, viola • Brook Speltz, cello

Quartettsatz No. 12 in C Minor, D. 703

String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 7

Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81
Alan Chow, piano

June 27: Brahms, Smit, & Beethoven

Amid favorites from Brahms and Beethoven, this evening’s concert also features the work of Leo Smit, the Amsterdam-born composer whose musical language matured in the Parisian milieu of Stravinsky and Milhaud. His Quintet was one of several pieces composed for Dutch virtuoso harpist Rosa Spier before both were captured by the Nazis during World War II. Spier was eventually released from Theresienstadt; Smit was murdered at Sobibór at the age of 43.

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
Robin Scott, violin • Elinor Freer, piano

Quintet for Flute, String Trio, and Harp
Linda Chesis, flute • Janet Ying, violin • Carol Rodland, viola • Jeffrey Zeigler, cello • June Han, harp

Piano Trio No. 5 in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1 “Ghost”
Ani Schnarch, violin • Jeffrey Zeigler, cello • Tao Lin, piano

June 29: Shankar, Respighi, & Brahms

Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar, who devoted much of his career to spreading Hindustani classical music around the world, was nothing if not musically versatile, collaborating with Philip Glass, Yehudi Menuhin, and of course, George Harrison. Shankar continues to bring musical cultures into contact in his ‘Enchanted Dawn’, which opens this evening’s program. Then, a chance to hear the Violin Sonata of Respighi, himself an accomplished violinist, a piece which culminates in an energetic passacaglia and sets the scene for Brahms’s final piano trio.

L’Aube Enchantée sur le Raga “Todi”
Laura del Sol Jiménez, flute • June Han, harp

Violin Sonata in B Minor
Almita Vamos, violin • Eugenia Monacelli, piano

Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 101
David Bowlin, violin • Amir Eldan, cello • Pei-Shan Lee, piano

July 2: Ying Quartet

Opening their program with one of Mendelssohn’s early quartets, the ensemble then travels to Italy. First, they bring to life one of Puccini’s rare chamber music gems: better known for his contributions to the Italian stage, Puccini wrote the elegiac Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums) in response to the death of his friend, the Duke of Savoy. Then, Hugo Wolf, a composer famed for his song settings, creates an Italian melody for quartet in his exquisite Serenade. After the intermission, bassist Kurt Muroki joins the party for Dvořák’s String Quintet, dedicated “to my nation”.

Ying Quartet
Robin ScottJanet Ying, violin • Phillip Ying, viola • David Ying, cello

String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 12


Italian Serenade

String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 77
Kurt Muroki, bass

July 4: Mozart, Harbison, & Ravel

Mozart took easily to violin sonatas, composing his first at the age of six and returning to the form throughout his life. Things were slightly different for Pulitzer Prize–winning composer John Harbison (on faculty this summer), who was in his seventies when he composed his first Sonata for Violin and Piano, which features ‘Sinfonia’ and ‘Aria’ among its five interwoven movements. After the intermission, Ravel taps into his own Basque roots in his incandescent Piano Trio.

Violin Sonata No. 32 in B-flat Major, K. 454
Masumi Per Rostad, viola • Sonia Rostad, piano

Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano
Ayano Ninomiya, violin • Tao Lin, piano

Piano Trio in A Minor
David Bowlin, violin • Ahrim Kim, cello • Alan Chow, piano

July 6: Narek Hakhnazaryan plays Tchaikovsky

This evening’s program opens with one of Brahms’s proudest dispatches from the Austrian countryside where he enjoyed creative summertime retreats. Then, composer-in-residence John Harbison transports us from the New England sun to the oppressively dark expanse of a Wisconsin winter for Snow Country, featuring the oboe against an earthy backdrop of string textures. To conclude the concert with the first orchestral performance this season, we welcome Armenian-born and internationally renowned cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan for his Festival début, playing Tchaikovsky’s concerto-like Rococo Variations.

String Quintet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 88
David Bowlin, Janet Ying, violin • Carol Rodland, Masumi Per Rostad, viola • Julia Lichten, cello

Snow Country
James Austin Smith, oboe • Robin Scott, Janet Ying, violin • Carol Rodland, viola • Julia Lichten, cello • Joe Wandro, bass

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello • Angel Gil-Ordóñez, conductor • Festival Orchestra

July 8: Sō Percussion

With innovative multi-genre original productions, sensational interpretations of modern classics, and an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and vital role of the modern percussion ensemble. Sō’s repertoire ranges from “classics” of the 20th century, to commissioning and advocating works by contemporary composers, to distinctively modern collaborations with artists who work outside the classical concert hall. Sō Percussion also composes and performs their own works, ranging from standard concert pieces to immersive multi-genre programs. In these concert-length programs, Sō Percussion employs a distinctively 21st century synthesis of original music, artistic collaboration, theatrical production values and visual art, into a powerful exploration of their own unique and personal creative experiences.

Sō Percussion
Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, Jason Treuting, percussion

New Work


Broken Unison

Amid the Noise

July 9: Turtle Island Quartet

In this program, two-time GRAMMY winning Turtle Island Quartet pays homage to the brilliance of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker. Classics such as A Night in Tunisia and Dewey Square are juxtaposed with original responses by quartet members, and intertwined with other thematic pieces from the bebop era and beyond such as Sonny Rollins’ Airegin, Miles Ahead by Gil Evans/Miles Davis, and Subconscious-Lee by Lee Konitz. Grammy-nominated composer David Balakrishnan contributes his newly commissioned work, Aeroelasticity: Harmonies of Impermanence.

Turtle Island Quartet
David Balakrishnan, Alex Hargreaves, violin • Benjamin von Gutzeit, viola • Malcolm Parson, cello

Bird’s Eye View: The Legend of Charlie Parker

July 11: Haydn & Messiaen