Arts / Chamber Music
When: 4 p.m., Mondays
Where: Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall
The philosophy of chamber music at Chautauqua is that it is "an ensemble that usually has one musician on a part, without conductor." This provides a diversity of both instrumental and vocal music from medieval chant to Brahms to jazz to the contemporary music of our time. The Chautauqua Institution provides a variety of chamber music experiences each season. A diverse selection of guest ensembles are invited to perform.
The Logan Chamber Music series is underwritten in part by the Harry A. Logan, Jr. Fund for the Performing Arts.
Check back later for updates to the 2013 schedule.
Monday, June 24
Sonic Escape is a flute-violin-cello trio of Juilliard graduates that uses every part of the performer – fingers, mind, voice & story – to reshape the live music experience. Shawn Wyckoff (flute), Maria Millar (violin) and Nan-Cheng Chen (cello) have traveled the world in roles as diverse as soloing at Carnegie Hall, fiddle-dancing in Riverdance, jamming with Beale Street blues bands and playing rock clubs across NYC. Whether Sonic Escape is performing one of their ground-breaking original works or a masterpiece from the classical and world music repertoire, they share with audiences as though it’s the last note they’ll ever play for the best friend they’ll ever make!
Monday, July 1
Young, fresh, and energetic, WindSync received the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Award at the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition.. Hailing from Houston, Texas, they are Ensemble-in-Residence with the Grand Teton Music Festival. In 2012, they were in residence for the Da Camera of Houston Young Artist Program. Members include Garrett Hudson, flute; Erin Tsai, oboe; Jack Marquardt, clarinet; Tracy Jacobsen, bassoon; and Chautauqua School of Music alum Anni Hochhalter, horn.
|Third Coast Percussion
Monday, July 8
Using an impressive array of percussion instruments to create a performance experience like no other, Third Coast Percussion combines the driving intensity of drums, the beautiful warmth of marimbas and vibraphones, and the surprisingly exotic sounds of everyday objects to make music that is playful, memorable and profound. These savvy and hyper-talented percussionists include Owen Clayton Condon, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin and David Skidmore.
Monday, July 15
Chautauqua’s own quartet, all members of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, is comprised of Vahn Armstrong, violin (associate concertmaster); Diane Bruce, violin (principal second violin); Eva Stern, viola; and Jolyon Pegis, cello (acting principal cello).
|Chautauqua Chamber Winds
Monday, July 22
Chautauqua Chamber Winds is made up of the principal wind players from the CSO and Chautauqua School of Music faculty: Richard Sherman, flute; Jan Eberle, oboe; Eli Eban, clarinet; Jeffrey Robinson, bassoon and Roger Kaza, French horn. Richard Sherman and Jan Eberle teach at Michigan State University; Eli Eban teaches at Indiana University, Bloomington and is a member of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra; Jeffrey Robinson teaches at University of Houston; and Roger Kaza is principal horn of the Saint Louis Symphony.
Monday, July 29
Simin Ganatra and Sibbi Bernhardsson, violins; Masumi Per Rostad, viola; and Brandon Vamos, cello, won a Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Chamber Music Performance; were Musical America 2009 Ensemble of the Year; 2006 Avery Fisher Career Grant Recipient; winners of the 2002 Cleveland Quartet Award, and 1998 winners of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. They tour throughout the United States, Asia, Europe and Australia, performing in the world's major concert halls. From 2009 to 2012, they were Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Chautauqua is thrilled to welcome them to the Logan Chamber Music Series.
|Manhattan Piano Trio
Monday, August 5
Hailed by critics as "a grand departure from the usual", the Manhattan Piano Trio has quickly become one of the most creative, exciting, and dynamic young ensembles in the United States. From coast to coast, violinist Wayne Lee, cellist Dmitry Kouzov and pianist Milana Strezeva have performed in over 30 states as well as Australia, South Africa and Italy. In addition to their very active concert schedule, each is a soloist and recitalist as well as a devoted teacher. They perform on chamber series and at music festivals, have won major prizes at chamber competitions and released three CDs.
|Amphion String Quartet
Monday, August 12
Hailed for its "precision, assertiveness and vigor" and its "gripping intensity" and "suspenseful and virtuoso playing", the quartet was the winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. They have been chosen as String Quartet-in-Residence at the 2012-2013 Caramoor Festival and the 2013-2015CMS Two Program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Violinists Katie Hyun and David Southorn, violist, Wei-Yang Andy Lin, and cellist, Mihai Marica, first joined together in 2009. Since that time they have won string quartet competitions nationwide and performed across the country.
|Krakauer Acoustic Klezmer Quartet
Monday, August 19
David Krakauer, one of the most important and influential musicians in new Jewish music today and of the vital new wave of Klezmer, brings his quartet into the chamber music arena. Praised internationally as a key innovator, he has been transforming the music of his Eastern European Jewish heritage into something uniquely contemporary.