EMERSON STRING QUARTET
September 19, 2023
SEASON AT A GLANCE
February 13, 2024
October 10, 2023
QUATUOR MODIGLIANI with FABIO BIDINI
November 14, 2023
THE KING’S SINGERS Special Holiday Concert
December 7, 2023
BALOURDET QUARTET* Emerging Young Ensemble of the 2023-2024 Season
January 23, 2024
CASTALIAN STRING QUARTET
February 29, 2024
FAURÉ PIANO QUARTET
March 19, 2024
April 9, 2024
HAN – SETZER – FINCKEL PIANO TRIO
April 30, 2024
ALL CONCERTS BEGIN AT 7:30 PM IN STUDE CONCERT HALL, SHEPHERD SCHOOL OF MUSIC, RICE UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Chamber Music Houston’s 64th Season brings a series of stories told through the music, as lines in motion, each with a diversity of style, rhythm and texture.
Composer Karim Al-Zand inspired us with his CMHcommissioned lines in motion, recently given its world premiere for us by the Merz Trio. Another commissioned new work by Al-Zand awaits us next season, with the awardwinning young Balourdet Quartet, formed at the Shepherd School, in its CMH début.
The stories we will share with you are written by nineteen composers: from the Classical period with Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Mendelssohn; through the Romantic and Post-Romantic periods of Smetana, Dvořák, Grieg, and Debussy; on to the Modern period of the 20th century with Stravinsky and Britten; and up to Contemporary composers of today with Karim Al-Zand and Sarah Kirkland Snider.
The storytellers are ten superb ensembles, including nine string ensembles, three with piano, and The King’s Singers in a special holiday concert. The quartets returning to the CMH stage are Jerusalem, Modigliani, Castalian, Fauré, and Ébène. The Balourdet Quartet and the Schumann Quartet will make its CMH début. Our season finale will feature some of the best storytellers – Wu Han, Philip Setzer, and David Finckel!
Last but certainly not least, we are delighted to announce that the legendary Emerson String Quartet will grace us for one more performance, a CMH special, as their tribute to a beloved Houston audience and to friendships forged over the decades.
The lines are in motion – come and experience these stories with us!KERRYN BOOTH Executive Director
Special thanks to the following organizations for their support.
EMERSON STRING QUARTET
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Works by Mendelssohn and Beethoven
With a New Work by Sarah Kirkland Snider ,
Commissioned for the Emerson String Quartet’s Retirement
Offered by these legendary artists in tribute to a beloved Houston audience and to friendships forged over the decades.
“America’s greatest quartet.”
Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Haydn Quartet in E-flat op.76/6
Paul Ben-Haim Quartet #1 op.21 (1937)
Debussy Quartet in G minor
“An absolute triumph. Their playing has absolutely everything you could wish for.”
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
with awesome individual and communal brilliance.”
THE KING’S SINGERS
Special Holiday Concert
Thursday, December 7, 2023
The King’s Singers have represented the gold standard in a cappella singing on the world’s greatest stages for over fifty years. They are renowned for their unrivalled technique, versatility and skill in performance, and for their consummate musicianship, drawing both on the group’s rich heritage and its pioneering spirit to create an extraordinary wealth of original works and unique collaborations.
“Subversive and open-minded beneath a honeyed veneer …
Emerging Young Ensemble of the 2023-2024 Season
Tuesday, January 23, 2024
This brilliant ensemble is shining brightly with Grand Prize at the 2021 Concert Artists Guild and the 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition! Formed at the Shepherd School of Music in 2018, these young performers are coming home for their CMH debut.
Haydn Quartet in C op.33/3 “Bird”
Nielsen Quartet #1 in G minor
Al-Zand Quartet #4, “Strange Machines” (2022)
Mendelssohn Quartet #4 in E minor op.44/2
Tuesday, February 13., 2024
Mozart Quartet in A K.464
Janá ek Quartet #1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
Beethoven Quartet in E-flat op.127
“Fire and energy. The Schumann Quartet plays staggeringly well…with sparkling virtuosity and a willingness to astonish”
CASTALIAN STRING QUARTET
Thursday, February 29, 2024
Haydn Quartet in A op.20/6
Beethoven Quartet in B-flat op.130
“full of poetry, joy and sorrow” and “realised to such perfection.”
FAURÉ PIANO QUARTET
Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Schubert Adagio & Rondo Concertante in F D.487
Dvo ák Piano Quartet #2 in E-flat B.162
Enescu Piano Quartet #1 in D op.16
“the German foursome played on an almost superhuman level of tonal refinement, technical and ensemble precision, and expressive generosity.”
QUATUOR É BÈNE
Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Mozart Quartet in D K.575
Schnittke Quartet #3 (1983)
Grieg Quartet #1 in G minor op.27
“a mix of soft elegance, joie de vivre and exquisite tuning – as gorgeous as any ensemble in recent memory.”
THE STRAD, BRUCE HODGES
WU HAN, PHILIP SETZER, and DAVID FINCKEL PIANO TRIO
Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Debussy Piano Trio in G
Smetana Piano Trio in G minor op.15
Mendelssohn Piano Trio #2 in C minor op.66
“The music unfolded like a spontaneous, heady conversation among three intimate friends.”CHICAGO CLASSICAL REVIEW
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CHAMBER MUSIC HOUSTON IS The Music of Friends
The English composer and pianist, Richard Walthew, described chamber music as “the music of friends.” Over 60 years ago, a group of friends playing quartets in their homes made the decision to create Houston Friends of Music with the intent of bringing the very best string quartets from the concert halls of Europe and New York to perform for Houston audiences.
Imagine what Houston was like in 1960. With a population of less than one million, central air conditioning was found in fewer than half of all homes. NASA did not exist in Houston, nor did the Astrodome, and there was only one airport. While the Houston Symphony was 47 years old, the Houston Grand Opera was only five years old. There were no other professional classical music organizations in Houston at that time.
Beginning with a four-concert season at an extremely reasonable rate of $6 ($3 for students), Houston Friends of Music presented the Hungarian Quartet and many more world-renowned ensembles. After more than ten years of presenting events in the Cullen Auditorium at the University of Houston, Houston Friends of Music moved to Rice University’s Hamman Hall until the Shepherd School of Music building was built in 1991. Stude Concert Hall has been the home to Chamber Music Houston events for the past three decades, and with a couple of name changes over the years, Chamber Music Houston continues to provide a nine-concert season of world class chamber music performances.
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