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Sirius Quartet<p style='font size:10px'> September 22, 2019</p>

Sirius Quartet

September 22, 2019

Internationally acclaimed veterans of contemporary music, Sirius Quartet combines exhilarating repertoire with unequalled improvisational fire. These conservatory-trained performer-composers shine with precision, soul and a raw energy rarely witnessed on stage, championing a forward-thinking, genre-defying approach that makes labels like ‘New Music’ sound tame.

Since their debut concert at the original Knitting Factory in New York City, Sirius has played some of the most important venues in the world, including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Beijing Music Festival, the Cologne Music Triennale, Stuttgart Jazz, Musique Actuelle in Canada, the Taichung Jazz Fest – Taiwan’s biggest jazz event – and many others.

Having premiered works by significant living composers, Sirius continues their long-running commitment to musical innovation with bold, original works by its own members, pushing beyond the conventional vocabulary of string instruments by incorporating popular song forms, extended techniques, gripping improvisations and undeniable, contemporary grooves.

Maxwell String Quartet<p style='font size:10px'> October 27, 2019</p>

Maxwell String Quartet

October 27, 2019

First Prizewinner and Audience Prizewinner at the 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2017, and hailed as “brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating” by The Scottish Herald, and “superb storytelling by four great communicators” by The Strad Magazine, the Maxwell Quartet is now firmly regarded as one of Britain’s finest young string quartets, with a strong connection to its folk music heritage and a commitment to bringing together wide-ranging projects and programs to expand the string quartet repertoire.

Formed in 2010 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the quartet performs regularly throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, with performances through the Park Lane Young Artist Programme, the Tunnell Trust Awards Scheme, and the Kirckman Concert Society program.

Its debut tour of the USA in January 2019 garnered critical acclaim from the New York Times for the Maxwell String Quartet as “eloquent performers who bring the same sense of charisma and sense of adventure to their programming.”

Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio<p style='font size:10px'> February 9, 2020</p>

Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio

February 9, 2020

Bound by their Israeli roots, pianist Alon Goldstein, cellist Amit Peled, and clarinetist Alex Fiterstein formed the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio in 2005. Their performances reflect the virtuosity and infectious musicality of the three artists as soloists, as well as their marvelous sense of ensemble and love of chamber music.

Performances in recent and upcoming seasons include appearances at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, Peoples’ Symphony Concerts in New York, the University of Chicago, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, New Orleans Friends of Chamber Music, Concerts International, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, the Schubert Club International Artist Series in St. Paul, Pro Musica Joplin, the Saint Cloud Chamber Music Society, and at the Rose Theatre in Lincoln Center. The New York Times praised the ensemble for displaying “the kind of spotless technique that keeps the attention focused on the score rather than the vagaries of the performance.”

Catacoustic Consort<p style='font size:10px'> March 22, 2020</p>

Catacoustic Consort

March 22, 2020

Catacoustic Consort, now in its 18th season, specializes in music of the Renaissance and Baroque with period instruments. Led by Artistic Director Annalisa Pappano, the ensemble was the Grand Prize Winner of the national Early Music America / Naxos Recording Label Recording Competition in 2003. Catacoustic is dedicated to an historically informed approach featuring an understanding of life and times when the music was originally played, thus performing on period instruments such as the viola da gamba, theorbo, organ, harpsichord, Baroque guitar, and lute.

Catacoustic was a featured ensemble at the 2014 and 2017 Viola da Gamba Society of America Conclaves and their collaborations with partner organization Cincinnati Opera resulted in the successful stagings of Cavalli’s La Calisto and Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Opera News praised the ensemble as “a constant source of delight,” noting their “rich” sound and “evident rapport” within the company.