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The Gryphon Trio - Sept. 14

gryphon2The Gryphon Trio is back for the fifth time (in ten years), which is probably a record for our Series. No one who witnessed their transcendent performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with clarinetist James Campbell in April of 2017 will forget them—an unprecedented number of written expressions of transformation and joy (long) followed this concert. Back in 2009, the Gryphons introduced themselves with Ka-Nin, Cha’s and the masks evoke . . . complete with a stunning visual display of mask art of the Pacific Northwest.

Recently celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly refined, dynamic performances, and has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. This season,Annalee Patipatanakoon, Roman Borys and Jamie Parker will bring us an exuberant Hob. XV in E-flat by Josef Haydn, Mendelssohn’s stirring C Minor Trio, and Love Triangle by Juno-Award-winning Dinuk Wijeratne, a Sri-Lankan-born Canadian. This 2013 fusion of Middle-eastern melody with Indian time cycles and virtuosic solo cadenzas may generate tarab.

London Handel Players with Dancers Mary Collins and Stephen Player - Oct. 26

London2The BCMS hosted a baroque period ensemble just last fall with tremendous success. When the opportunity to present another early music group on a rare tour came up, we couldn’t resist. And the ensemble of flute, violin, cello and harpsichord will perform with two baroque dance specialists!
Violinist Adrian Butterfield, the ensemble’s director, describes the collaboration:

Louis XIV of France had a passion for dance which inspired many of Europe's baroque composers to write exquisite dance music. . . . By the end of Louis' reign the royal mâitre à danseur, Pierre Rameau, could write that “there is not a single court in Europe where the dancing-master is not French".

The rediscovery of these dances is leading to a new understanding of dance music and, in turn, a fresh perspective on the great composers of the baroque era. The subtlety and complexity of footwork and rhythm exhibited in French court dance generated a virtuosic style in which the dancer became another line of the music. Dancer and musician co-existed as a complete ensemble.

The London Handel Players have been collaborating with Mary Collins and Steven Player for a number of years recreating these original choreographies and bringing baroque dance music to life for today’s audiences in a thrilling and entertaining way.

Since making their debut at Handel’s parish church, St. George’s Hanover Square, as part of the London Handel Festival in 2000, the London Handel Players have appeared regularly at Wigmore Hall and at many of the leading festivals in the UK, Europe and North America. They have performed across Canada and the United States, making their New York debut at the Frick Museum in 2012 and returning to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2014. Their recent appearances include Spitalfields, London Handel, Tilford Bach, Cork Early Music, Göttingen International Handel, Gregynog, Kings Lynn, Stratford, Newbury Spring, Stour, Halle International Handel, York Early Music and Brighton Early Music Festivals.

Parker Quartet - Mar. 8

Parker2Founded and currently based in Boston, the Parker Quartet’s numerous honors include winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at France’s Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, and Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. The Parker Quartet has distinguished itself with acclaimed recordings for Nimbus, Zig-Zag Territoires, Innova Records, and Naxos. The Quartet’s most recent recording featuring Mendelssohn’s Quartets Op. 44, No. 1 and 3 was widely lauded by the international press. The Quartet’s debut commercial recording of Bartók’s String Quartets Nos. 2 and 5 for Zig-Zag Territoires (July 2007) won praise from Gramophone: “The Parkers’ Bartók spins the illusion of spontaneous improvisation… they have absorbed the language; they have the confidence to play freely with the music and the instinct to bring it off.” Their Naxos recording of György Ligeti’s complete works for string quartet won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance (the last string quartet to win this category).

The Parker Quartet’s members hold graduate degrees in performance and chamber music from the New England Conservatory of Music and were part of the New England Conservatory’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program from 2006–2008. Some of their most influential mentors include the original members of the Cleveland Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, György Kurtág, and Rainer Schmidt. They are exceptionally suited to join us as adjudicators of the 14th Annual BCMS Young Artist String Competitions, March 9.

Miró Quartet - Apr. 26

miroquartet2jpgThe Miró Quartet, labeled by The New Yorker as “furiously committed” and noted by the Cleveland Plain-Dealer for their “exceptional tonal focus and interpretive intensity,” has for the past twenty years performed throughout the world on the most prestigious concert stages, earning accolades from passionate critics and audiences alike. Based in Austin, Texas, and thriving on the area’s storied music scene, the Miró takes pride in finding new ways to communicate with audiences of all backgrounds while cultivating the longstanding tradition of chamber music.

Highlights of recent seasons include a highly anticipated and sold-out return to Carnegie Hall to perform Beethoven’s Opus 59 quartets; a performance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as part of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s inaugural residency; the world premiere of a new concerto for string quartet and orchestra by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts; performances of the complete Beethoven Cycle at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival and at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall; and debuts in Korea, Singapore, and at the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.

Formed in 1995, the Miró Quartet was awarded first prize at several national and international competitions including the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition. The Miró Quartet took its name and its inspiration from the Spanish artist Joan Miró, whose Surrealist works — with subject matter drawn from the realm of memory, dreams, and imaginative fantasy — are some of the most groundbreaking, influential, and admired of the 20th century.

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