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November 2015
$20 - $25

Elias String Quartet

Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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One of the most fundamental aspects of magic is revelation… and "a revelation" is exactly how BBC Radio 3 described the performances of the Elias String Quartet, whose name is taken from the German form of the Mendelssohn oratorio Elijah. Since its founding in 1998 the Quartet has amassed an impressive array of awards and accolades: second prize and the Sidney Griller Prize at the 9th London International String Quartet Competition, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, and engagements at such prestigious…

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January 2016
$20 - $25

Calder Quartet

Sunday, January 17, 2016 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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The magic of the Calder Quartet was clear in 2002 when it won the Coleman Competition Saunderson Prize, and now with receipt of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant. Inspired by innovative American artist Alexander Calder, the Quartet's desire to bring immediacy and context to performance creates an artfully crafted musical experience. Known for work with leading and emerging composers, the Quartet also collaborates with artists across musical genres, spanning the ranges of classical and contemporary music, as well as…

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February 2016
$20 - $25

Escher String Quartet with Jason Vieaux, Guitar

Sunday, February 21, 2016 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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There is magic in the meeting of musicians. Within months of the 2005 inception of the Escher String Quartet, Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman invited the group to serve as Quartet in Residence at each artist's summer festival. The Denver Post attributes this to "Rare musical insight and a profound level of cohesion." Named after the Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, famed for his mastery of 'impossible constructions,' the Quartet's 'impossible musical constructions' have brought wonder to music lovers worldwide.…

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April 2016

Enso String Quartet with Clive Greensmith, Cello

Sunday, April 3, 2016 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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The name Enso is derived from the Japanese Zen painting of the circle, which represents many things: perfection and imperfection, the moment of chaos that is creation, the emptiness of the void, the endless circle of life, and the fullness of the spirit. The members of the Enso String Quartet all were drawn to the string quartet repertoire because of its richness and diversity, and founded the Quartet at Yale University in 1999. The Charleston Daily Mail described a recent…

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October 2016
$20 - $49

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

Sunday, October 30, 2016 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Our musical journey begins with the fourth visit to Coleman audiences by this venerable London-based ensemble, established in 1967 by the renowned chamber orchestra of the same name in order to perform larger chamber works without relying on guest artists. We will visit Prague, where Dvořák’s quintet premiered (and earned five ducats in a competition), and then travel on to Vienna to hear Schubert’s octet, which was first performed at the home of Archduke Rudolf of Austria, to whom Beethoven’s…

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November 2016
$20 - $49

Imani Winds with Fabio Bidini, piano

Sunday, November 13, 2016 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Fabio Bidini From the Klezmer tradition of Eastern Europe to the Swedish essence of Anders Hillborg, from Manhattan’s Elliott Carter and the Imani Winds’ own Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott to Mozart’s Vienna with Italy’s fabulous Fabio Bidini (about whom Philadelphia’s Broad Street Review wrote “Yes! This must have been what it was like to hear Beethoven himself improvise”), this third Coleman appearance by the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds embraces the established woodwind repertoire while exploring new…

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January 2017
$20 - $49

Zodiac Trio

Sunday, January 22 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Formed ten years ago under the guidance of renowned clarinetist David Krakauer and violinist Isodore Cohen at the Manhattan School of Music, the Zodiac Trio shortly thereafter became the first American group and the only ensemble with a wind instrument to enter the esteemed Ysaÿe Quartet Chamber Music program at the Paris Superior Conservatory. The Trio has since performed worldwide, including the Festival Radio France Montpellier, International Colmar Festival, the Oriental Performing Arts Center in Shanghai, Izumi Hall in Japan,…

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February 2017
$20 - $49

Pacifica Quartet

Sunday, February 26 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Members of the Pacifica Quartet may live in Indiana—where they serve as quartet-in-residence at the Jacobs School of Music and as resident performing artists at the nearby University of Chicago—but their accomplishments range far beyond these state’s borders, including our own Coleman Competition: the Russell Award in 1995 and the 50th Anniversary Prize in 1996. London’s Guardian called them “outstanding;” The New York Times described their playing as “alluring…breathtaking…unfolding with spine-tingling intensity.” Our musical journey with the Quartet will include…

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April 2017
$20 - $49

Pavel Haas Quartet

Sunday, April 2 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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Named for the Czech composer, the Pavel Haas Quartet returns to Coleman to take us to Prague, where in 1878 Smetana’s Quartet No. 1 was given a private premiere with Antonin Dvoˇrák as violist. The Quartet’s recent recording of this work is one of three nominated in the chamber category for the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Awards. The Quartet’s previous recording (Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” and the String Quintet), was named Best Chamber Music Record at the 2014 Gramophone…

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$20 - $49

Dover Quartet

Sunday, April 23 @ 3:30 pm
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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• DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM FOR THIS CONCERT Our musical tour concludes with a visit to Shostakovich’s Russia and a return to Beethoven’s incomparable late quartets—three of which, including Op. 132, were commissioned by Prince Nikolai Galitzin in St. Petersburg. He agreed to Beethoven’s requested fee of 50 ducats each… the last two finally paid to Beethoven’s heirs in 1852. The Dover Quartet won not only the Grand Prize but all three Special Prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet…

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