Magnificent Music Series (2012-13 Season)

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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

  • October 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

Brahms: String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36
Shostakovich: Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, Op. 11
Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings in Eb major, Op. 20

Relish an afternoon of sublime music by this illustrious ensemble. “Compelling grandeur … masterful,” raves BBC Music Magazine about these eight stellar string musicians who have enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with their rich, polished sound and remarkable artistry. Formed in 1967, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created to perform larger chamber works from quintets to octets. This gifted ensemble draws from the principal players of the orchestra who regularly work together, using this camaraderie to enhance the level of musicianship. Featuring several configurations of the ensemble from six to eight players, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble presents an extraordinary program including Brahms’s Sextet in G-Major, Shostakovich’s Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, and Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings in Eb-major. “Splendid playing; impeccable sound and balance.” (Gramophone)

Listen to Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble:

$50, $42, $25

American Symphony Orchestra

  • November 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Leon Botstein, conductor

Brahms: Serenade No. 1, op. 11, D major
INTERMISSION
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica), op. 55, E-flat major

Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “a new concept in orchestras,” this innovative orchestra curates its thematic programming around the visual arts, literature, politics, and history, while unearthing rare classical gems. Founded in 1962 by legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski, the American Symphony Orchestra was conceived to showcase extraordinary American musicianship through “concerts of great music within the means of everyone.” Celebrating its 50th anniversary this season, this esteemed ensemble appears under the baton of its longtime Music Director Leon Botstein, an ardent advocate for reenergizing seldom-performed music. This captivating program opens with Brahms’ Serenade No. 1, Op. 11 in D major and also features Beethoven’s bold and heroic Eroica Symphony No. 3, Op. 55 in E-flat major. “Under Mr. Botstein, the orchestra brought clear, light textures to the variegated score.” (The New York Times)

$60, $52, $30

Chanticleer: A Chanticleer Christmas

  • November 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

This Grammy Award-winning ensemble rings in the holiday season with their elegant and majestic Christmas concert. A Chanticleer Christmas is a glorious musical evening, and a longstanding holiday tradition at the Center for the Arts, with performances of ancient hymns, venerated sacred works, traditional European and American carols, and delightful holiday favorites. Encompassing music from across centuries and genres, the 12 illustrious male voices have been compared to the great choirs of Europe, and audiences everywhere are enchanted by their unmatched vocal technique, rich melodic sound, and expansive vocal repertoire. Their Christmas concert has been performed at concert halls across the country for the past 30 years, and has become a hallmark of the holiday season. “With their flawless pitch, great spirit, and wide-spread musical curiosity, Chanticleer is America’s a cappella pride and joy.” (classics.com)

View the Chanticleer Blog here.

$48, $40, $24

China National Symphony Orchestra

  • February 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Li Xincao, conductor
Yang Xu, violin

Guan Xia: Requiem for the Earth, Mvt. I
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

This grand orchestra, credited with creating an orchestral tradition unique to China, showcases its impressive artistry and award-winning instrumentalists with music from East to West under the baton of  En Shao. For the last half century, the China National Symphony Orchestra has introduced audiences throughout its homeland to an immense repertoire of classical, romantic, modern, and contemporary orchestral works by both Western and Asian composers, and has collaborated with some of the classical music world’s stars such as Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, and Isaac Stern. The program includes the opening movement from Guan Xia’s Requiem for the Earth, written in remembrance of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, Sibelius’ glorious Violin Concerto with celebrated soloist Yang Xu, and Rachmaninoff’s passionate Symphony No. 2. “A solid, energetic, and meticulously drilled ensemble.” (The Washington Post)

View the translated China National Symphony Orchestra herald (PDF).

This performance is generously sponsored by Evelyn and Tom Kiley.

$60, $52, $30

Beethoven Orchestra Bonn

  • March 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Stefan Blunier, music director
Louis Lortie, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto, No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Conductor and Music Director Stefan Blunier leads this revered orchestra for a thrilling all-Beethoven program including the overture from The Ruins of Athens as well as the joyful Symphony No. 7. The concert also features Piano Concerto No. 4 with French-Canadian piano soloist and acclaimed Beethoven interpreter, Louis Lortie whose playing was described as “sterling…note-perfect and scintillating” by The Washington Post. Hailing from the birthplace of the famous composer, this illustrious German orchestra has been one of the key pillars of cultural life in its hometown since its founding over a century ago. The official orchestra of the Oper Bonn, this esteemed ensemble maintains a bustling calendar including a full concert schedule each year at home along with international appearances in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg.

$60, $52, $30