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Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

Hailed by the Manchester Evening News as "arguably the best ensemble of its kind in the world" and by the Glasgow Herald as "breathtakingly perfect. . .an astonishing experience," the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet performs in concert halls worldwide, though this concert will be part of its final North American tour. The Quintet members enjoy … Continue reading Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Escher String Quartet with David Speltz, cello

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

Like its namesake, graphic artist M.C. Escher, the Quartet creates its own "impossible constructions," simultaneously showcasing each instrument's part while melding them into one, offering audiences unusual views and new perspectives. As The Guardian noted, the ensemble's members display "fabulous unanimity, tonal warmth and care over detail." David Speltz Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of … Continue reading Escher String Quartet with David Speltz, cello

Quator Danel

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

New York's Grand Central Terminal is renowned for its enormous windows. Few know though, that there are secret walkways within those windows, unless they invest in a tour. Coleman is something of a musical central terminal – providing access to one window of wonder after another. This season, our series finale is a 'secret' quartet. … Continue reading Quator Danel

Emerson String Quartet

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

Like the poet/philosopher after whom it is named, the Emerson String Quartet has an enduring reputation for artistry—earning nine Grammys, three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America's "Ensemble of the Year" since its founding in 1976. The Quartet has also contributed to the tapestry of music by commissioning and performing new works from composers … Continue reading Emerson String Quartet

Jasper String Quartet with Nicholas Phan, tenor

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

"The Jaspers...match their sounds perfectly, as if each swelling chord were coming out of a single, impossibly well-tuned organ, instead of four distinct instruments." —New Haven Advocate In 2008 the Jasper String Quartet won the top prizes at the Coleman, Plowman, and Yellow Springs competitions; and a Silver Medal at Fischoff's competition in 2008 and 2009. The … Continue reading Jasper String Quartet with Nicholas Phan, tenor

Concerto Italiano

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

Rinaldo Alessanrini founded his ensemble, Concerto Italiano, in 1984. Today it is recognized as a unique force in the interpretation of the Baroque music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Of its 2017 Carnegie Hall debut, Broadway World said "As soon as they started playing...I knew that all was right with the world—or, at least, for that … Continue reading Concerto Italiano

Elias String Quartet

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

The Elias String Quartet takes its name from Mendelssohn's oratorio, Elijah (Elias is its German form). It was formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In 2009 the Elias was a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. With the support of the Trust, the Quartet mounted "The Beethoven Project" to study and perform all … Continue reading Elias String Quartet

CANCELED: Takács Quartet

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

Students at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest formed the Takács Quartet in 1975, and soon won prizes at major European competitions. Awards have since included the Wigmore Hall Medal, induction into Gramophone's first Hall of Fame, a Grammy, and the Order of Merit of the Knight's Cross of the Republic of Hungary.

CANCELED: Camerata RCO

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

All the players are members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, and agree that "we enjoy playing in the orchestra tremendously. However, we like to expand this joy by playing together in a small ensemble as well. Not only is the repertoire of a small ensemble different, we also feel that chamber music is more personal and intimate. It is refreshing to get to know our colleagues in the orchestra better while working together in Camerata RCO....The energy that results from these concerts is what inspires us most."