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Our 2018–19 season will celebrate Chamber Music in Yellow Springs’ 35th year with an exciting array of ensembles, including a brass quintet, a reed quintet and two unique string quartets.

 

September 23, 2018: Akropolis Reed Quintet   

The Akropolis Reed Quintet was founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and is the first ever ensemble of its makeup to win a Fischoff Gold Medal (2014), Grand Prize at the Plowman and MTNA national competitions, and 6 national chamber music prizes in total. Winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award, Akropolis conducts extensive educational residencies and impacts thousands of children each year. A maverick of new wind music, Akropolis has commissioned over 30 reed quintet works and recorded three albums.

 

November 4, 2018: Attacca Quartet

The internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet is one of the most dynamic ensembles of their generation. Praised by The Strad for possessing “maturity beyond its members’ years,” they were formed at the Juilliard School in 2003 and made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. From 2011-2013 they served as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet, and for the 2014-2015 season they were selected as the Quartet in Residence by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. As stated by The Washington Post, “Mastery like this is scarce enough in quartets that have played together for decades.”

 

January 27, 2019: JACK Quartet

The JACK Quartet is “the go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment.” (Washington Post) Just named the “2019 Ensemble of the Year” by Musical America, the JACK Quartet also received Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, New Music USA’s Trailblazer Award, and the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. JACK has performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall (USA), Lincoln Center (USA), Miller Theatre (USA), Wigmore Hall (United Kingdom), Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Netherlands), IRCAM (France), Kölner Philharmonie (Germany), the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Suntory Hall (Japan), Bali Arts Festival (Indonesia), Festival Internacional Cervatino (Mexico), and Teatro Colón (Argentina).

 

March 10, 2019: Seraph Brass

Seraph Brass is a dynamic brass quintet drawing from a roster of America’s top female brass players. Committed to engaging audiences with captivating programming, Seraph Brass presents a diverse body of repertoire that includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works, and well-known classics. Seraph Brass has toured throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe. They have performed multiple concerts at the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland, and they were the featured ensemble at the International Women’s Brass Conference

 

April 28, 2019: Finals of Annual Competition

Ensemble finalists to be announced.
 

All concerts are at the First Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, Ohio.  Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 p.m., with the exception of the Competition, which begins at 4 p.m.


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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.

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.”

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.”

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.