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January 2018

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Master storytellers are open and authentic. We, in turn, open to them; we connect. The St. Lawrence String Quartet is a master, as noted by Alex Ross of The New Yorker: “The St. Lawrence are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection.” Established in Toronto in 1989, the SLSQ has won numerous awards at international competitions, and earned Grammy nominations and Juno…

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February 2018

Schubert Ensemble

Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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In its 34 years, the Schubert Ensemble has become renowned as a proponent of music for piano and strings. Yes, the Ensemble’s repertoire includes Schubert, but it also includes virtually every major work for piano quartet. Among its more than 30 acclaimed CDs the Dvořák disc and the more recent of two Ensecu discs for Chandos were selected as Recording of the Month by BBC Music Magazine. Good storytellers seek new tales to expand their repertoire; the Schubert Ensemble has…

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March 2018

Jerusalem Quartet

Sunday, March 11, 2018 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Storytellers make words speak. They also know that beyond the words they speak, their delivery is crucial. The Jerusalem Quartet has certainly mastered its delivery. Since 1996, this Israeli ensemble has been ‘making strings speak’ on prominent concert stages throughout the US and Europe. Its goal, however, extends far beyond this: to achieve, it says, “perfection of sound.” The Quartet may never achieve this goal, but it’s certainly getting close. “An absolute triumph,” says BBC Music Magazine. “Their playing has…

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April 2018

Brentano Quartet with Dawn Upshaw, soprano

Sunday, April 29, 2018 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Some musical stories have texts, and soprano Dawn Upshaw joins the Brentano Quartet to sing them. “You couldn’t tear your eyes away from Upshaw’s presentation as she inhabited the moods and characters of these poetic texts,” wrote the Cincinnati Enquirer, “She was an involved storyteller, bringing meaning to each word of text.” The Brentano Quartet sings with strings, and is named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved.” “These players could well be the best of…

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October 2018

David Finckel & Wu Han

Sunday, October 14, 2018 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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David Finckel and Wu Han “explode on the stage, exuding not only glamour and theatrical flair but also superb musical insight. The audience’s thrill is twofold” (The Washington Post). The artists present a program they have selected to illuminate the theme of German Mastery. From Beethoven’s incredibly lyrical Opus 69, composed at the height of the Classical period, to Brahms’s soulful second sonata, whose beloved fugue pays homage to Bach, the master of counterpoint, the program traverses the German tradition…

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November 2018

REBEL

Sunday, November 11, 2018 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Named after the innovative French Baroque composer Jean-Féry Rebel, REBEL is pronounced like the verb, not the noun…which makes sense, considering how this award-winning ensemble opens wide a dazzlingly authentic ‘picture window’ to the baroque era… a window both musical and visual as for this performance REBEL will be joined by baroque dancers Paige Whitley-Bauguess and Thomas Baird. “The world of baroque music is a volatile, action-packed place,” writes The Washington Post. “One of the best groups is REBEL, whose…

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January 2019

The Pražák Quartet and The Zemlinsky Quartet

Sunday, January 27 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Every musical configuration, be it vocal or instrumental, choral or symphonic, chamber or solo, is a distinctive window of the soul. The string octet is one of the more unusual windows, and the Pražák and Zemlinsky Quartets are joining together to explore the view. Throughout Coleman’s years, the Gade octet will be heard by our audiences for the first time, and the Mendelssohn and Shostakovich octets each for just the third time. Both Quartets are Czech, and both won the…

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February 2019

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Sunday, February 10 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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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 a unique view and perspective as "living musical witnesses" to the partnership between arguably the world most revered orchestra and directors Herbert von Karajan, Claudio…

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March 2019

Escher String Quartet with David Speltz, cello

Sunday, March 17 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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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 Lincoln Center, the Escher String Quartet received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2013. It is String Quartet in Residence at Southern Methodist University…

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April 2019

Quator Danel

Sunday, April 7 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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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. Although renowned internationally since its founding in 1991, Quatuor Danel did not perform in the U.S.  until 2015. "It's a wonder that a veteran chamber…

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