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The incredible Arod Quartet’s sophomore album, a recording of Schoenberg, Zemlinsky, and Webern, is being released today on Erato and Warner Classics. The album musically tells the life story of Mathilde von Zemlinksy, the wife of the composer and sister of Arnold Schoenberg. Considered the muse of the Second Viennese School, Mathilde had a huge impact on the music of the 20th-century.
Rachel Barton Pine was named the recipient of the Cedille Records Musical Partnership Award for her Rachel Barton Pine Foundation. The Foundation was recognized as an organization that has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the classical music community in Chicago. Cedille noted the Foundation’s “support of the Chicago musical community’s most valuable asset — its musicians and composers.” Presented the award by Ruth Bader Ginsburg – whose son, Jim Ginsburg, founded Cedille – Rachel began her Foundation in 2001 to provide instruments and instruction to children who might not otherwise be able to afford them.
It isn’t unusual for quartets to grow together for decades, but the Ariel Quartet is the only one we know that started their journey in middle school. The Ariel will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in the 2020-21 season and will be offering a number of collaborations including those with Alisa Weilerstein, Matan Porat, Yura Lee, and David Krakauer.
We’re excited to announce that in the 2019-20 season, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will welcome the composer, violinist, and educator Jessie Montgomery as its first-ever Artistic Partner. Her post includes taking part in Orpheus' educational initiatives throughout the season and having two works premiered by Orpheus in concert: the world-premiere of Shift, Change, Turn, and Variations on the season-opening concert September 26 at Carnegie Hall, and a reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, Op. 37a, co-arranged with Jannina Norpoth, to be performed in January 2020.
Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation, dedicated purely to the sound and depth of their music. Their luminous sound and exceptional musicianship set them apart, along with their fearless approach to repertoire. This summer, the Parker completed its second summer in residence at the Banff Centre in Canada coaching top young ensembles and explored Erich Korngold works for ensemble at the Bard Festival. The two works – his sextet and piano quintet – are orchestral and even cinematic in scope, perfect for the Parker.
This summer the Miró Quartet’s longtime friend Kevin Puts completed his fantastically unusual second quartet for the group, “Home”; the work had its premiere at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. The work was inspired and informed by the refugee crisis in Europe, and raises questions of who belongs where and what the idea of ‘home’ means to all of us.