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D E N V E R

2016–2017 SEASON

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Friends of Chamber Music is proud to present the finest musicians in the world to Denver audiences.

WELCOME TO OUR 2016–2017 SEASON Our 2016–2017 Chamber Series showcases a variety of artists and ensembles, from cellist Steven Isserlis to the 18-piece Venice Baroque Orchestra with violinist, Nicola Benedetti. It includes ensembles familiar to many, like the Escher Quartet, as well as rising stars in the chamber music scene, such as the Danish String Quartet. Our 10th Piano Series will feature the incomparable Murray Perahia, a much-anticipated recital by Jonathan Biss, and a debut performance by Joyce Yang. We believe chamber music should be part of the cultural fabric of our community and are committed to presenting this beautiful art form both inside and outside the concert hall. Our educational programming now includes chamber music recitals in the acoustically brilliant galleries of the Clyfford Still Museum, the elegant lobby of 1801 California Street, and scores of school auditoriums across the city. For more than 60 years, Friends of Chamber Music has been proud to bring extraordinary chamber music to Denver. We hope you’ll join us at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts for our 2016–2017 season.

Lisa Bain President

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Alix Corboy Vice President


PIANO SERIES

JONATHAN BISS WED, SEPT 28, 2016 | 7:30 PM

“Biss radiates a confidence solidly based on prodigious technique, energy never needing recharging, and a stylistic perception both intuitive and intelligent.”

Jonathan Biss is a world-renowned pianist who shares his deep musical and intellectual curiosity with classical music lovers in the concert hall and beyond. Having appeared twice previously with FCM, Biss returns to our series with an all-Beethoven program. PROGRAM :

Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major, Op. 7 Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, no. 2 Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

— T H E WA S H I N G TO N P O S T

JOYCE YANG WED, MAR 15, 2017 | 7:30 PM Pianist Joyce Yang came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at the age of 19. A Steinway artist, Yang received a 2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant. P RO G R A M :

Schumann: Three Romances, Op. 28 Carl Vine: The Anne Landa Preludes Enriqué Granados: Goyescas, Nos. 1 and 4 Schumann: Symphonic Etudes

MURRAY PERAHIA WED, MAY 3, 2017 | 7:30 PM In the more than 40 years he has been performing on the concert stage, American pianist Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and memorable pianists of our time. This will be Mr. Perahia’s third performance on our series. PRO GRAM TO B E A NN OUN CED

“Perahia’s extraordinary pianism is a sacrament of purification and a kind of return to an age of pianistic innocence.” — LO S A N G E L E S T I M E S

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CHAMBER SERIES

ESCHER QUARTET WED, SEP 14, 2016 | 7:30 PM Returning to FCM for a second time, the Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the quartet is one of the very few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. P RO G R A M :

Schubert: Quartettsatz Schoenberg: Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 7 Ravel: Quartet in F major

WU HAN, PIANO PHILIP SETZER, VIOLIN DAVID FINCKEL, CELLO WED, OCT 5, 2016 | 7:30 PM Violinist Philip Setzer, founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, will join Wu Han and David Finckel, recipients of Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year award, for a much-anticipated performance on our Chamber Series. The Wall Street Journal has called David Finckel and Wu Han America’s “power couple of chamber music.” PROGRAM:

Shostakovich: Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8 Shostakovich: Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 Schubert: Trio in E-flat major, Op. 100 2


ARIEL QUARTET AND ORION WEISS, PIANO WED, NOV 9, 2016 | 7:30 PM Characterized by its brilliant playing and profound interpretations, the Ariel Quartet will perform on our series for the first time. Recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the quartet serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. They will be joined by pianist Orion Weiss, a young American artist winning worldwide acclaim for his performances. P RO G R A M :

Schulhoff: Divertimento for String Quartet, Op. 14 Stravinsky: Three Pieces for String Quartet Dohnányi: Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 26

STEFAN JACKIW, VIOLIN ANNA POLONSKY, PIANO WED, DEC 7, 2016 | 7:30 PM Violinist Stefan Jackiw is recognized as one of his generation’s most significant artists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique. Jackiw will be joined by pianist Anna Polonsky who, with her husband Orion Weiss, is a member of the Polonsky-Weiss Piano Duo. PROGRAM:

Clara Schumann: Three Romances for Violin and Piano Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in D minor David Fulmer: They Turn Their Channeled Faces to the Sky Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in G major

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“This is one of the best quartets before the public today.” — T H E WA S H I N G TO N P O S T

DANISH STRING QUARTET MON, FEB 13, 2017 | 7:30 PM We are excited to welcome the Danish String Quartet to Denver for their Colorado premiere. The quartet is renowned for its impeccable technique and musical expression, a commanding stage presence, and fresh approach to familiar repertoire. PROGRAM:

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 18, no. 2 Alfred Schnittke: Quartet No. 3 Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130 Beethoven: Grosse Fugue, Op. 133

VENICE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA AND NICOLA BENEDETTI, VIOLIN WED, FEB 22, 2017 | 7:30 PM Returning to FCM after their well-received performance in 2010, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance. Joining the orchestra is internationally acclaimed violinist, Nicola Benedetti, who enjoys wide appeal as a high profile advocate for classical music, making her one of the most influential performers today. P RO G R A M :

Galuppi: Concerto à Quattro No. 2 in G major Avison: Concerto Grosso No. 8 in E minor Geminiani: Concerto Grosso in D minor, “La Follia” Corelli: Concerto in D major, Op. 6, no. 4 Vivaldi: Concerto  in D major Concerto in E flat major Concerto in B minor Concerto in D major “Il Grosso Mogul”

STEVEN ISSERLIS, CELLO CONNIE SHIH, PIANO TUE, APR 25, 2017 | 7:30 PM British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author, and broadcaster. Connie Shih is considered to be one of Canada’s most outstanding artists. PROGRAM:

Debussy: Cello Sonata Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65 Hahn: Deux Improvisations sur des airs irlandais Fauré: Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 117 Adès: Lieux retrouvés 4


SPECIAL EVENT

HARLEM QUARTET THUR, JAN 12, 2017, CONCERT (HAMILTON HALL) SUN, JAN 8 – FRI, JAN 13, 2017 RESIDENCY Friends of Chamber Music is pleased to present the Harlem Quartet in residence from January 8 to January 13, 2017. The residency will consist of a recital in the Newman Center’s Hamilton Hall, two Master Classes with area music students, and three community events. We are delighted to collaborate with this young and exciting quartet of outstanding musicians. AD D I T I O N A L I N F O R M ATI O N WILL BE PR ES ENTED IN THE FALL

MUSIC IN THE CITY Join us outside the concert hall for a variety of family-friendly chamber music programs featuring professional ensembles from around the region.

Watch our website for details!

FREE FAMILY CONCERT SUN, OCT 9, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00 PM Denver School of the Arts 7111 Montview Blvd., Denver

MUSIC IN THE GALLERIES SELECT SUNDAYS, 2:00 – 3:00 PM Clyfford Still Museum 1250 Bannock Street, Denver Free with Museum admission

FREE LUNCHTIME CONCERTS TUESDAYS IN APRIL 2017, 12:00 –1:00 PM 1801 California Street, Downtown

WE WELCOME YOUR SUPPORT Friends of Chamber Music is a non-profit organization that relies heavily on grants and donor support to provide affordable cultural and educational experiences. Make a tax deductible contribution today. Gifts can be included with your order in the enclosed envelope or made via credit card on our website. For those who want to leave a musical legacy, a planned or deferred gift to Friends of Chamber Music is a meaningful way for you to help ensure our future artistic excellence and stability while providing enhanced tax benefits to you. Visit our website for more details.

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SUBSCRIPTIONS PIANO SERIES $85 FOR SERIES OF 3 CONCERTS (a savings of $45 over single ticket purchases) CHAMBER SERIES* $185 FOR SERIES OF 7 CONCERTS (a savings of $75 over single ticket purchases) COMBINED PIANO AND CHAMBER SERIES $250 FOR SERIES OF 10 CONCERTS (a savings of $140 over single ticket purchases)

TO ORDER SUBSCRIPTIONS By mail: Return the enclosed order form with a check or payment information to: Friends of Chamber Music 191 University Blvd. #974 Denver, CO 80206 By phone: 303-388-9839. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. *Chamber Series subscription sales are limited to current subscribers until June 1. At that time, subscription sales will open to our wait list. Not a current subscriber? Please email info@friendsofchambermusic.com or call 303-388-9839 to put your name on our Chamber Series wait list.

SINGLE TICKETS Student Tickets (25 years or younger) are always $10. PIANO SERIES Advance single tickets to Piano Series concerts are available July 15 through the Newman Center Box Office. Tickets are $35 each with the exception of Murray Perahia ($60). Additional fees may apply. CHAMBER SERIES Advance single tickets to the Chamber Series are not available at this time. However, we always have returned tickets available for sale on the day of the concert. Tickets are $35 each with the exception of the Venice Baroque Orchestra ($50). Please contact us at 303-388-9839 or tickets@friendsofchambermusic.com for details. NEWMAN CENTER BOX OFFICE

Open Mon.–Fri. 10 AM–4 PM Sat. Noon–4PM (Sept.–May only) 2344 E. Iliff Ave. (University and Iliff ) 303-871-7720 | www.newmantix.com

GENERAL INFORMATION TIME & VENUE Concerts begin at 7:30 PM Newman Center for the Performing Arts June Swaner Gates Concert Hall 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, CO 80210 SEATING Seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 30 minutes before the concert.

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REFUNDS No refunds are available, however, the value of a returned ticket may qualify as a tax-deductible donation. Please call 303-388-9839 or email returns@friendsofchambermusic.com if you are unable to attend.


“40 UNDER 40” Help us usher in a new generation of music lovers! For a third year, FCM subscribers Jill and Lee Richman have challenged our audience to help usher in a new generation of music lovers through our “40 Under 40” program. It’s easy to participate:

• I nvite them to become a part of the FCM family and let them know you’ll be paying for their subscription, which we’ll discount to $60 for all 3 concerts (a savings of $70 over single ticket prices).

• I dentify a potential new subscriber (or two!) under 40 years old who would enjoy our 2016–17 Piano Series.

• C  omplete the enclosed order form, or call 303-388-9839 to place your order.

BRING A FRIEND! Want to share the beauty of chamber music with a friend? For only $40, you can purchase two vouchers to invite friends to FCM next year. Each voucher is good for any concert during the 2016–17 season, with the exception of Murray Perahia and the Venice Baroque Orchestra.

Tickets are subject to availability. Two vouchers per subscriber, please. To get your vouchers, complete the enclosed order form, or call 303-388-9839 to place your order.

PARKING Parking is available in the adjacent garage (Lot P) just south of the Newman Center. The University charges an $8.00 event parking fee (cash only). Enter from Wesley Avenue. HANDICAPPED PARKING The only handicapped parking available is in the Newman Center parking garage. STREET PARKING York Street, between Iliff and Wesley, is no longer available for public parking. Street parking not limited to one hour is available 4 or 5 blocks from the DU campus perimeter. HOURLY PARKING There are some hourly metered spaces in Lot 304, approximately two blocks away from the Newman Center. The parking meter is at the south end of that line of parking spaces.

SHORT-TERM PARKING Short Term Parking: There is a 20 minute loading zone located in front of the Newman Center on East Iliff Avenue which may be used when visiting the Newman Center Box Office.

CARPOOLING/RIDE SHARING Parking is limited so we encourage you to ride with a friend.

For more parking information, including a detailed parking map, visit www.newmancenterpresents.com/visiting/

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EDUCATION Friends of Chamber Music believes that music education is critical to enriching the audiences of today and building the audiences of the future. Each year we engage both local and visiting artists to provide in-school performances, residencies, and master classes serving over 4,000 Denver Public School students. All programs are offered free of charge. Highlights for our 2016–17 season include: IN-SCHOOL PERFORMANCES: Professional ensembles will provide a minimum of 12 performances for larger school audiences in Denver Public Schools, including “Good Vibrations,” focusing on music as a communication tool, “Soundpainting” workshops led by The Playground Ensemble, and a Harlem Quartet performance for El Sistema Colorado students at Garden Place Academy. RESIDENCIES: Teaching artists from The Playground Ensemble will continue their “Young Composers” residency at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy. Graduate students at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music will work within four local schools, improving student musicianship while refining their own teaching and presentation skills. A long-standing collaboration with Scholars Unlimited (formerly Summer Scholars) will provide music and creative composition opportunities for 180 students in three DPS locations. MASTER CL ASSES: Touring artists, such as the Dover Quartet and cellist Yo-Yo Ma,

provide in-depth instruction for students pursuing careers in music. ADULT/COMMUNIT Y EDUCATION: Community programs will include a series of free

midday concerts in downtown Denver, “Music in the Galleries” in partnership with the Clyfford Still Museum, Piano Salons with pianist Hsing-ay Hsu, a free family concert on October 9 at Denver School of the Arts, and a lecture/performance by the Harlem Quartet exploring the relationship between culture and music.

FCM is committed to educational outreach that engages both children and adults. We are grateful to the SCFD, Colorado Creative Industries, the Denver Foundation, and the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation for their generous support of FCM and our educational efforts.

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2016–2017 SCHEDULE PIANO SERIES

JONATHAN BISS WED, SEP 28, 2016 JOYCE YANG WED, MAR 15, 2017 MURRAY PERAHIA WED, MAY 3, 2017

CHAMBER SERIES

ESCHER QUARTET WED, SEP 14, 2016 WU HAN, PHILIP SETZER, AND DAVID FINCKEL WED, OCT 5, 2016 ARIEL QUARTET AND ORION WEISS, PIANO WED, NOV 9, 2016 STEFAN JACKIW, VIOLIN, ANNA POLONSKY, PIANO WED, DEC 7, 2016 DANISH STRING QUARTET MON, FEB 13, 2017 VENICE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA AND NICOLA BENEDETTI, VIOLIN WED, FEB 22, 2017 STEVEN ISSERLIS, CELLO CONNIE SHIH, PIANO TUE, APR 25, 2017 SPECIAL EVENTS

FREE FAMILY CONCERT SUN, OCT 9, 2016, 2:00– 3:00 PM HARLEM QUARTET THUR, JAN 12, 2017

All concerts begin at 7:30 PM unless otherwise noted

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