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Saratoga Chamber series returns in August

Escher Quartet, Gil Shaham set to perform

Sunday, February 10, 2013
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The Escher Quartet will play as part of the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival on Aug. 4. (photo: Laura Rose)
The Escher Quartet will play as part of the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival on Aug. 4. (photo: Laura Rose)

— The Escher String Quartet, violinists Gil Shaham amd Adele Anthony, and composer Richard Danielpour will be featured at this summer’s Saratoga Chamber Music Festival at the Spa Little Theater. The series, led by artistic director and world-renowned pianist André-Michel Schub, runs Aug. 4 through 20.

Opening the season is the Escher Quartet, which has performed at such prestigious venues and festivals around the world as Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Louvre, Ravinia, Wigmore Hall and BBC Proms.

The group recently completed a three-year residency as artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s “CMS Two” program.

In tribute to the centenary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), the Quartet’s 2013 schedule is highlighted by a series of concerts showcasing Britten’s three numbered quartets.

Saratoga Chamber Music Festival Schedule

Aug. 4, 2:15 p.m. — The Escher Quartet, Adam Barnett-Hart, violin; Aaron Boyd, violin; Pierre Lapointe, viola; Dane Johansen, cello. Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 135; Britten: String Quartet No. 3; Smetana: String Quartet “From My Life.”

Aug. 6, 8 p.m. — Gil Shaham, violin; Adele Anthony, violin; Ricardo Morales, clarinet. Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115; Béla Bartók, Julian Milone and Henryk Wieniawski: selected violin duets.

Aug. 11, 2:15 p.m. — David Kim, violin; Yumi Kendall, cello; André-Michel Schub, piano. Stravinsky: Suite Italienne (Kim, Schub); Mozart: Eine Kleine Nacht Musik (Kim, Kendall); Brahms: Piano Trio in B Major Op. 8 (Kim, Kendall, Schub).

Aug. 13, 8 p.m. — Davyd Booth, violin and piano; The Wister Quartet; André-Michel Schub, piano. Shostakovich: Piano Quintet (Wister Quartet, Schub); Schubert: Fantasia in F Minor for Piano Four Hands (Booth, Schub); Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 in D Major (Wister Quartet).

Aug. 18, 2:15 p.m. — Alexei Kenney, violin; Molly Carr, viola; Andrew Janss, cello; Dominic Cheli, piano. Danielpour: A Child’s Reliquary; Fauré: Piano Quartet in C Minor, Opus 15.

Aug. 20, 8 p.m. — Juliette Kang, violin; Thomas Kraines, cello; André-Michel Schub, piano. Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 66, No. 2. Other pieces to be announced later.

MORE INFO: Tickets go on sale online to SPAC members beginning Feb. 25, and to the general public on March 18, at www.spac.org.

One of those — Britten’s rarely performed String Quartet No. 3 — will highlight the Escher’s Saratoga program.

Returning to the Chamber Music Festival for the first time since 2005 is Grammy-winning violinist Gil Shaham. He headlines an Aug. 6 program that also features his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and clarinetist Ricardo Morales.

Anthony, whose career was launched after winning Denmark’s 1996 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, performs internationally as a soloist with orchestra, in recital and chamber music. Morales, principal clarinetist for The Philadelphia Orchestra, performs with the world’s leading orchestras and concert venues as a soloist and chamber musician.

Violinist David Kim, concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, will be making a festival encore in 2013. Kim, who performs as a soloist with orchestras around the world, will lead an Aug. 11 program that features works by masters from three different eras: Stravinsky, Mozart and Brahms.

Davyd Booth, a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1973, will perform Aug. 13 in a program showcasing his mastery of both the violin and piano.

He will play violin with The Wister Quartet, a chamber ensemble he has been part of for more than two decades, and piano with Schub for a rare performance of Schubert’s Fantasia in F minor for piano four-hands.

A featured work on the Aug. 18 program will be composer Richard Danielpour’s “A Child’s Reliquary,” written after of the death of a close friend’s young son. The three-movement work for piano, cello and violin features a joyful, active middle movement surrounded by two contrasting elegies.

Returning to the Chamber Music Festival this season is “Early On Tuesdays,” a weekly conversation sponsored by Heinrich Medicus and hosted by Schub at 7 p.m. before each Tuesday chamber music performance.

The discussion will focus on the evening’s repertoire, the artists and classical music.

Schub, winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medal in 1981, has appeared with the Boston, Chicago and Detroit symphonies, the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw and the Bournemouth Symphony. Among his many awards are the 1974 Naumburg International Piano Competition and an Avery Fisher Recital Award in 1977.

 
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