2012–2013 Concert Series
October 14 & 15, 2012
Among the most esteemed wind players in the United States, the members of the Wind Soloists of New York perform familiar and lesser-known masterworks by Rossini, Salieri, Mozart, Gounod, and Beethoven.
November 4 & 5, 2012
Pianist Alessio Bax has won audiences around the globe with his lyrical playing, dazzling facility, and deep musicality. First prizewinner at both the Leeds and Hamamatsu (Japan) International Piano Competitions, he also was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant, one of the most prestigious prizes in classical music. His program includes works by Brahms and Rachmaninov.
December 2 & 3, 2012
Recognized as the “premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” by Fanfare, Cantus promises to delight with high energy and beautifully blended sonorities. The nine singers perform music spanning many centuries and styles, from chant to contemporary works, to art song, world music, and, of course, seasonal favorites.
January 13 & 14, 2013
In its Washington, D.C. début, this period instrument ensemble of two violins, viola da gamba, dulcian, theorbo, and harpsichord has been praised by the Boston Globe for “fresh, technically assured, and rewarding performances.” The ensemble—led by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski—explores the extravagant and virtuosic chamber music of the German seventeenth century, by composers such as Johann Kaspar Kerll, Matthias Weckmann, David Pohle, and Antonio Bertali.
February 10 & 11, 2013
The distinguished classical guitarists return to the Music Room with a concert that highlights their considerable virtuosity. The first half of the program focuses on European composers Fernando Sor, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Domenico Scarlatti. Composers reflecting the brothers' Brazilian heritage are featured after intermission, with works by Ernesto Nazareth, Heitor Villa-Lobos, João Pernambuco, Aníbal Augusto Sardinha (Garoto), Dilermando Reis, and Baden Powell. The Assads’ exceptional artistry, amazing energy, and uncanny ensemble playing promise to delight.
March 17 & 18, 2013
Among the finest of Czech string quartets performing today, the Škampa Quartet has represented its country in major concert halls and music festivals around the world for twenty years. Mentored by the legendary Smetana Quartet, this award-winning ensemble will perform music by Martinů, Beethoven, and Smetana.
April 21 & 22, 2013
A protégé of maestro Christoph Eschenbach and winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition (2009) and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition (2008), Ray Chen is among the most compelling young violinists today. Invited to perform at the 2012 Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm, he is known for his beautiful tone, vitality and lightness. Chen will close our season playing works by Mozart, Brahms, Ysaÿe, and Saint-Saëns.