OUR 62nd SEASON 2015-2016 - SATURDAY EVENINGS AT 8:00 P.M.
(Doors open at approximately 7:30 p.m.)

St. Lawrence String Quartet

October 8, 2016 - 8:00pm
The St. Lawrence String Quartet with Ann-Marie McDermott, piano
Originally from Canada and now in residence at Stanford University, the SLSQ has “precision, warmth, and an electricity that conveys the excitement of playing whatever is on their stands at the moment” (New York Times). The ensemble returns to our roster with a program that includes
string quartets by Haydn and Mendelssohn, and a piano quintet by Dvořák.
Performance includes:
Josef Haydn:  String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 33, No. 2 (‘Joke”)
Felix Mendelssohn:  String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44, No. 2
Antonín Dvořák: Quintet in A Major for piano and strings, Op. 81

Sang-Eun Lee

October 22, 2016 - 8:00pm

Sang-Eun Lee, cello. 

Described as “a prodigiously talented young artist with powerful technique and musical poise” (Washington Post), Sang-Eun Lee is the seventh recipient of Friends of Music Concerts’ Performance Award. She will perform with piano collaborator Chang-Yong Shin. A winner of the 2014 Young Concerts Artists International Auditions in New York City, she also has won prizes at the 2009 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, and Germany’s Kronberg Academy Cello Festival, among others.  She made her recital debut in Seoul at the age of 13, and has been featured on KBS (the Korean Broadcasting System.  She currently attends the Curtis Institute, working with Peter Wiley and Carter Brey.

Her program will include:

Manuel de Falla:  Suite Populaire Espagnole for cello and piano
Gaspar Cassadó:  Suite for solo cello
Robert Schumann:  Adagio and Allegro for cello and piano, Op. 70
Franz Schubert:  Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, Op. 821
Gaspar Cassadó:  Dance of the Green Devil        

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Takács Quartet

November 12, 2016 - 8:00pm
Recognized as one of the world’s great ensembles, the Takács Quartet’s unique blend of drama, warmth, and humor brings fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. In this return engagement with us, the group will demonstrate that with an all-Beethoven program that includes the magnificent Quartet in C-Sharp minor, Op. 131, considered by many musicians and listeners alike to be the greatest string quartet ever written.
Performance includes:
Beethoven: String Quartet in F major, Op.18, No.1
Beethoven: String Quartet in E-flat major(“The Harp”), Op.74
Beethoven: String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op.131
After the concert, come meet Takács first violinist Edward Dusinberre. He will be signing copies of his new book, "Beethoven for a Later Age: Living with the String Quartets", which will be available for purchase for $30 by cash or credit card.

Lise de la Salle

April 22, 2017 - 8:00pm
Brought back to our roster by popular demand following her triumphant FOM debut during our 61st season, French pianist Lise de la Salle, 27, has established a reputation as one of today’s most exciting young artists. Her many recordings have received critical acclaim. Among them, her 2007 CD of works by Mozart and Prokofiev was a Gramophone magazine Editor’s Choice, while her 2008 recording of the final concertos of Liszt, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich was a Gramophone CD of the Month.
Performances include:
Schumann/Liszt:  Liebeslied-Widmung
Schumann/Liszt:  Fruhlingsnacht (from 12 Lieder, Op. 39)
Schumann/Liszt:  Liebestad (from Tristan und Isolde)
Schumann:  Fantasie in C Major, Op 17
Prokofiev: Complete (Ten Pieces) Romeo and Juliet Suite for Piano, ) Op. 75

Dover Quartet

May 6, 2017 - 8:00pm
Comprised of graduates of the Curtis Institute, the Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition. The Strad has raved about “their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement, and taut ensemble.”
Performances include:
Beethoven: String Quartet in F minor, Opus 95 (“Serioso”)
Britten:  Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Opus 36
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Opus 68


May 20, 2017 - 8:00pm
Artists-in-residence at the Manhattan School of Music, members of Windscape present a distinctive concert series hailed for its creative energy and musical curiosity. Comprising flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn, the ensemble has performed throughout the United States, including at Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center; New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Town Hall, and the Tish Center at the 92nd St. Y; Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA; and the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego. The group has collaborated with outstanding musicians, including the pianists Jeremy Denk, Ann-Marie McDermott, and Jon Kimura Parker.
Performances include:
Armstrong: Yes, I’m in the Barrel
Stravinsky: Ragtime (1918)
Weill: Exerpts from “Three Penny Opera”  (1928)
Hindemith: Kleine Kammermusic, p. 24, No. 2 (1922)
Nazareth/Abreu: Three Brazilian Choros
Villa-Lobos: Quintet en Forme de Choros, for Woodwinds (1928)
Three Virtuoso Etudes after Gershwin by Earl Wild (arranged by David Jolley)