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2017/18 Season | Ensembles and Special Programming


Dear Friends, Colleagues and Presenters of Classical Music: As we write, we are preparing for the many wonderful events in place for the 2016/17 season and at the same time, we are looking forward to connecting with you as planning for the 2017/18 season gets underway. We are pleased to offer 6 specially selected artists and ensemble projects for your consideration. They include the quintessentially American Juilliard String Quartet (page 5), the 2016 Gramophone Chamber Award winning Heath Quartet (page 7), Leipzig’s distinguished a cappella male vocal ensemble, amarcord (page 8), Canada’s premiere baroque chamber orchestra Tafelmusik (page 9), new music rock stars, the JACK Quartet (page 10) and the delightfully informative Rob Kapilow answering everyone’s favorite question: “What Makes it Great?” (page 11). As you turn the pages you will discover what you’ve known to expect from the Colbert management: musicians of depth and distinction with unrivaled ability to communicate a personal musical experience to remember. We look forward to working together for your 2017/18 and send best wishes, Charlotte Schroeder (schroeder@colbertartists.com) Christina Putnam (putnam@colbertartists.com) Lee Prinz (prinz@colbertartists.com) Amy Carson-Dwyer (amy@colbertartists.com)

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Juilliard String Quartet ..................................................................................... 5 Heath Quartet................................................................................................ 7 amarcord........................................................................................................ 8 Tafelmusik...................................................................................................... 9 JACK Quartet................................................................................................ 10 Rob Kapilow................................................................................................... 11

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Juilliard String Quartet performs Franz Schubert’s Death and the Maiden

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“ The Juilliard String Quartet can plausibly be called the most important American quartet in history...Some groups seem to wrestle with their past and legacy: the Juilliard seems completely revitalized.” –The Boston Globe

Juilliard String Quartet

Joseph Lin, violin | Ronald Copes, violin Roger Tapping, viola | Astrid Schween, cello

PROGRAM 1

PROGRAM II

Haydn: Quartet in D major, Op. 76, No. 5 Bartok: Quartet No. 5 Dvorak: Quartet in C major, Op. 61

Beethoven: Quartet in A major, Op. 18, No. 5 James MacMillan: Quartet No. 2 “Why Is This Night Different?” (1998) Beethoven: Quartet in E flat major, Op. 127

Photo: Steve J. Sherman

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“ Now a dozen years old, the group plays with a winsome blend of impetuosity and disipline. In matters of basic quartet grooming, they are well-nigh impeccable...I have seldom heard such pure intonation.” –The Washington Post

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Heath Quartet

Oliver Heath, violin | Cerys Jones, violin Gary Pomeroy, viola | Christopher Murray, cello

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR: OCTOBER 2017 PROGRAM I

PROGRAM III

Purcell: Selection of four-part Fantasias Tippett: Quartet No. 2 Bach: Selection of Organ Preludes Mendelssohn: Figure from Four Pieces, Op. 81 Mendelssohn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 80

Purcell: Selection of four-part Fantasias Tippett: Quartet No. 2 Bach: Selection of Organ Preludes Haydn: Quartet in D minor, Op. 76/2

PROGRAM II

Complete quartets of Jรถrg Widmann (60 minute program with soprano)

Haydn: Quartet in D minor, Op. 76/2 Tippett: Quartet No. 2 Mendelssohn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 80 Photo: Kaupo Kikkas

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“ The sound is always smooth yet flexible enough to preserve its wholeness in riotous chaotic textures as well as pristine moments.” –Sydney Morning Herald

amarcord Wolfram Lattke + Robert Pohlers, Tenors Frank Ozimek, Baritone Daniel Knauft + Holger Krause, Basses

NORTH AMERICAN TOURS: NOVEMBER 12 - 19, 2017 + FEBRUARY 22 - MARCH 5, 2018 A highlight of their November 2017 tour is a program marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation of 1517 and the resulting progression of performance practice in vocal music. Other program suggestions: ARMARIUM

TRAUMLICHT

RASTLOSE LIEBE

Rare works from the music cabinet of St. Thomas (1490-1650) Works by Calvisius, Zallamella, di Lasso, Schein, Setfanini, Schütz and more!

Dream Light Works by Strauss, Schubert, Saint-Saens, Reger

Restless Love: Italian Madrigals, Lieder & International Folksongs Works by Gabrieli, Schütz, di Lasso, Schumann, Mendelssohn and folksongs from around the world

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Photo: Martin Jehnichen


Tafelmusik

“ The

ensemble members moved freely around the stage and performed the entire concert from memory, their spirited, polished interpretations imbued with spontaneity and imaginative flair.” –The New York Times

U.S. TOUR: APRIL 12 - 22, 2018 TALE OF TWO CITIES: THE LEIPZIG-DAMASCUS COFFEE HOUSE The latest multi-media creation from Alison Mackay, who conceived and programmed the phenomenally successful The Galileo Project and House of Dreams. Mackay’s latest musical time-travel project takes the audience to the year 1740, when coffee houses were important cultural and social hubs in both the famous trading center of Leipzig, and in one of the oldest cities in the world, Damascus. Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House is performed in a sumptuous theatrical setting recreating two wooden-paneled interiors which magically transform themselves from a coffeehouse in Syria to one in Leipzig with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and an ensemble of Arabic musicians. Program to include works by Telemann, Monteverdi Handel, Lully, Bach and Handel interwoven with classical Arabic music performed by guest ensemble Trio Arabica and 2 actor narrators.

Photo: Sian Richards

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“ An indispensable force for musical discovery since its founding in 2007” –The New York Times

JACK Quartet

Christopher Otto + Austin Wulliman, Violins John Pickford Richards, Viola Jay Campbell, Cello REPERTOIRE IN 2017/18 WILL INCLUDE: A new quartet by Philip Glass Programs with cellist Joshua Roman (Gesualdo, Ligeti, Friedman, Wolfe, Roman) So Percussion (Trueman, Glass, Dennehy) Georg Friedrich Haas’ new String Quartet No. 9 (performed in complete darkness) Roger Reynolds’ FLiGHT project

“ The JACK Quartet has received such praise for its involvement with new music that it’s easy to take for granted how superbly accomplished these players are. ” –The New York Times “ Superheroes of the new music world” –The Boston Globe

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Photo: Shervin Lainez


“ If

everyone had their own classical music mentor–someone to take them to concerts and explain the mysteries– there would probably be a lot more fans out there. But if your personal music-loving sage is otherwise engaged, there’s another way: All you really need is Rob Kapilow and an iPad.” –Wall Street Journal

Rob Kapilow

Presentations of WHAT MAKES IT GREAT ® with Rob Kapilow are collaborations with presenters, guest performers and Rob designed to explore the history and musical ideas of classical solo, chamber and symphonic music as well as familiar and not so familiar songs from the American lyric theater. With Kapilow speaking from the keyboard, his over 200 programs can include a violinist and pianist playing a Beethoven sonata, two singers celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, or a local university orchestra performing Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Characterized by his unique “Aha Moment” for his audiences and collaborators, whatever their level of musical sophistication, Kapilow’s work brings the joy and wonder of music into people’s lives, opening new ears to musical experiences and helping people not just to hear but to listen actively. WHAT MAKES IT GREAT ®

Photo: John Johansen

American Songbooks:

Chamber Music:

George Gerswhin Stephen Sondheim Cole Porter Leonard Bernstein

Beethoven: Kreutzer Sonata Schumann: Piano Quintet Mendelssonn Octet Schubert: Impromptus, Op. 90

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