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Our 34th season will celebrate the diversity and excitement of quartets. Saxophone, guitar, and string quartets from Brazil, Czechoslovakia, and the U.S. will perform.

 

October 8, 2017: Calidore String Quartet   

HAYDN Quartet in D Major, Op. 64, No. 5, “The Lark”
JANACEK Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer”
BEETHOVEN Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127

The Calidore Quartet, winner of the inaugural 2016 International M Prize, the largest prize for chamber music in the world, is currently in residence at Lincoln Center. They have also won grand prizes in virtually all the major U.S. chamber music competitions, including the Fischoff, Coleman, and Yellow Springs (2013).

 

October 29, 2017: Project Fusion Saxophone Quartet 

ESCAICH Tango Virtuoso
BACH Chorale: Durch Adams Fall, BWV 18
BARTÓK Six Romanian Dances, Sz. 56
BOZZA Andante et Scherzo
MELLITS Ex Machina

Formed in 2010 by graduates of the Eastman School of Music, Project Fusion is known for its engaging, communicative concerts, performed entirely from memory. The ensemble is also known for its diverse programming, which includes new music, standard saxophone quartet repertoire, arrangements, and transcriptions. It has won top prizes in the world’s most prestigious competitions, including the Fishcoff and Plowman.

 

February 11, 2018: Bennewitz String Quartet 

JANACEK String Quartet #2 “Intimate Letters”
SMETANA String Quartet #1, E minor, “From My Life
DVORAK String Quartet G major, Op.106

Based in the Czech Republic, the Bennewitz Quartet has won wide critical acclaim and has performed at major venues around the world. It has been praised for its “beautiful tonal palette and purity of intonation” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), and its recording of Smetana’s quartet was called “simply phenomenal” (Klassik.com).

 

March 25, 2018: Brazilian Guitar Quartet 

GOMES Sonata
MIRANDA Serious Variations
GNATTAL Retratos Suite
VILLA-LOBOS Quartet #12
JOBIM Song arrangements

Praised by the Washington Post for its “seductive beauty” and “virtuosic gusto,” the group’s unique combination of six- and eight-string guitars allows for exploration of original and unusual repertoires. In honor of its 20th anniversary, the quartet will present a program that demonstrates the richness and diversity of Brazilian music with a collection of new arrangements and some of the most successful pieces of its career.

 

April 29, 2018: Finals of Annual Competition

Finalists and program will be announced in the spring

All concerts are at the First Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, OH.  Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 p.m., with the exception of the Competition. The Finals of the Annual Competition will begin at 4 p.m. with no pre-concert lecture.


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