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Chamber Arts 2017-18

Rackham Auditorium : Sun 1/14/18 3:00PM - Sun 4/8/18 4:00PM

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Chamber Arts 2017-18

Haydn Mega-Concert
St. Lawrence String Quartet Sunday, January 14, 2018 3:00PM   ·   More Info »
Haydn Mega-Concert <br>St. Lawrence String Quartet

Geoff Nuttall, first violinist with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, is as well known for the insightful commentary he provides about the works the Quartet performs as he is for his violin playing. Haydn has been a passion for the Quartet since their founding in 1989, and they think of the composer less as the source of “pleasant opening music” than as a “radical, passionate innovator.” In this special, immersive concert, the SLSQ performs all six of Haydn’s Op. 20 string quartets, with two intermissions (including a meal break). “No other North American quartet plays the music of Haydn with more intelligence, expressivity, and force,” says the New Yorker.

Russian Renaissance Saturday, January 27, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Russian Renaissance

The grand prize winner of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s M-Prize will be featured on the UMS Chamber Arts series. The ensemble will be identified at the M-Prize finals on May 4, and a date for their UMS concert announced in late June. M-Prize is an international chamber arts competition for ensembles of up to eight musicians all under the age of 40. Chamber Arts subscribers will be notified as soon as a date is determined for the winning ensemble’s UMS appearance. Artist and Date to be announced

Emmanuel Pahud, flute
Alessio Bax, piano Wednesday, February 14, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Emmanuel Pahud, flute<br>
Alessio Bax, piano

A star flutist only comes around once or twice in a generation — and it’s fair to say that this generation’s strongest candidate is the Swiss-born Emmanuel Pahud. One of today’s most adventurous musicians, Pahud joined the Berlin Philharmonic as principal flute under Claudio Abbado at age 22, a position he still holds today. For this debut recital, he performs arrangements of sonatas written for other instruments, allowing audiences to experience the works from a completely different soundscape.

Elias Quartet Sunday, March 11, 2018 4:00PM   ·   More Info »
Elias Quartet

After a three-year project exploring all of Beethoven’s string quartets, the Elias Quartet decided to consider how composers after Beethoven lived up to his monumental legacy. Some of them approached their string quartets by expanding his musical language; others took a more poetic and imaginative turn of phrase. This particular program focuses on the freshness and fluidity of the music of Schubert and Dvorák, both of whom had a particular gift for writing melodies that seemed to spring from an endless well of inspiration.

Artemis Quartet Sunday, April 8, 2018 4:00PM   ·   More Info »
Artemis Quartet

Named after the Greek goddess of hunt and wilderness, the Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989 but took a full 10 years before it performed its first concerts for a live audience. This dedication to excellence has not wavered, and their playing is known for its “apparently effortless grace and effervescent athleticism.” (BBC) Based in Berlin, it programs its own series at the Berlin Philharmonie and the Vienna Konzerthaus, as well as in Munich and Amsterdam.