Opening Night... Schubert & more
Program:Bernstein: Overture to Candide
Schubert: String Quartet
(Min-Young Kim and Matilda Kaul, violins Jessica Thompson, viola Thomas Kraines, cello)
Praised by The New Yorker as "a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets," the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. Since winning the top prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2001, the Daedalus Quartet has impressed critics and listeners alike with the security, technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances. The New York Times has praised the Daedalus Quartet's "insightful and vibrant" Haydn, the "impressive intensity" of their Beethoven, their "luminous" Berg, and the "riveting focus" of their Dutilleux. The Washington Post in turn has acclaimed their performance of Mendelssohn for its "rockets of blistering virtuosity," while the Houston Chronicle has described the "silvery beauty" of their Schubert and the "magic that hushed the audience" when they played Ravel, the Boston Globe the "finesse and fury" of their Shostakovich, the Toronto Globe and Mail the "thrilling revelation" of their Hindemith, and the Cincinnati Enquirer the "tremendous emotional power" of their Brahms.
Since its founding the Daedalus Quartet has performed in many of the world's leading musical venues; in the United States and Canada these include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (Great Performers series), the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Boston's Gardner Museum, as well as on major series in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. Abroad the ensemble has been heard in such famed locations as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and in leading venues in Japan.
The Daedalus Quartet has won plaudits for its adventurous exploration of contemporary music, most notably the compositions of Elliott Carter, George Perle, György Kurtág and György Ligeti. Among the works the ensemble has premiered is David Horne's Flight from the Labyrinth, commissioned for the Quartet by the Caramoor Festival; Fred Lerdahl's Third String Quartet, commissioned by Chamber Music America; and Lawrence Dillon's String Quartet No. 4, commissioned by the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts. In 2013, the Fromm Foundation awarded a commission to the Daedalus Quartet and composer Huck Hodge; the quartet will premiere Hodge's new work, based on the writings of Jorge Luis Borges, Carl Jung, and the contemporary Buddhist poet Ko Un, in April 2016.
The Quartet has also collaborated with some of the world's finest instrumentalists: these include pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Simone Dinnerstein, Awadagin Pratt, Joyce Yang, and Benjamin Hochman; clarinetists Paquito D'Rivera, Ricardo Morales, and Alexander Fiterstein; and violists Roger Tapping and Donald Weilerstein.
To date the Quartet has forged associations with some of America's leading classical music and educational institutions: Carnegie Hall, through its European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) Rising Stars program; and Lincoln Center, which appointed the Daedalus Quartet as the Chamber Music Society Two quartet for 2005-07. The Daedalus Quartet has served as Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006. In 2007, the Quartet was awarded Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award. The Quartet won Chamber Music America's Guarneri String Quartet Award, which funded a three-year residency in Suffolk County, Long Island from 2007-2010.
The Daedalus' recording, for Bridge Records, features the string quartets of George Perle, and has been described as "disc with some unforgettable contemporary chamber music" (Classical Lost and Found), and the Strad Magazine praised the quartet's "exemplary intonation and balance." In the spring of 2014, the Daedalus Quartet recorded Joan Tower's "White Water" (written for Daedalus) as well as her "Dumbarton Quintet" (with pianist Blair McMillen). The quartet's debut recording, music of Stravinsky, Sibelius, and Ravel, was released by Bridge Records in 2006. A Bridge recording of the Haydn's complete "Sun" Quartets, Op. 20, was released on two CDs in July 2010. An album of chamber music by Lawrence Dillon (Fall 2010) and the complete string quartets of Fred Lerdahl (Fall 2011) followed.
Among the highlights of the Daedalus Quartet's 2015-16 season were a pair of performances at Shanghai Concert Hall, a return to the Bard Music Festival performing the music of Revueltas, Copland, and Carlos Chavez, the US premiere of Wolfgang Rihm's Sextet, at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the world premieres of works by Robert Maggio and Benjamin C. S. Boyle (with baritone Randall Scarlata and pianist Marcantonio Barone) at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and a return to the Bard Music festival, playing the music of Verdi, Puccini, and Respighi. In the 2016-17 season, the quartet will premiere new works by Fred Lerdahl (in Philadelphia) and Louis Karchin (in San Francisco), present a program based around the Kreutzer Sonata for the Schubert Club in St. Paul, MN, with actress Linda Kelsey, and collaborate in performance with jazz bassist John Patitucci at World Café in Philadelphia.
The award-winning members of the Daedalus Quartet hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Cleveland Institute, and Harvard University.
Learn more at www.daedalusquartet.com/.
Thursday, August 10
(Garrett Hudson, Flute Emily Tsai, Oboe Julian Hernadez, Clarinet Anni Hochhalter, Horn Kara LaMoure, Bassoon )
Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as "revolutionary chamber musicians," WindSync is internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music. The young, adventurous group plays exclusively from memory, including elements of staging and choreography, and focuses on building a connection with audiences through dynamic concert programming and charismatic stage presence.
WindSync is the Gold Medalist in the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and winner of the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh International Competition. The group received the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize and numerous performance prizes from the CAG competition, including the ensemble's New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Chautauqua Institution, Washington Performing Arts Society's Music in the Country series, and the Music in the Park Series of The Schubert Club (St. Paul, MN). Recent performance engagements include the Library of Congress in Washington DC, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center in China, and the Met Museum's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, as well as radio broadcasts by New York Public Radio's McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase and Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media's Performance Today.
Dedicated to showcasing contemporary music and expanding wind quintet repertoire, in 2015 WindSync performed the premiere of a new wind quintet The long and the short of it by American composer, Paul Lansky commissioned by the Library of Congress' Carolyn Royall Just Fund and the Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2016, the group commissioned young American composer, Michael Gilbertson to write a concerto for wind quintet and orchestra, The Cosmos, which premiered in May 2016 with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra with two repeat performances by the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, TX in November 2016. The group also relies heavily on a large body of original arrangements of classical masterworks in order to build innovative and thematic programs.
WindSync is strongly committed to educational enrichment and promoting arts engagement through concerts dedicated to inspiring children, members of the community, and audiences with disabilities. Set in diverse spaces including concert halls, museums, outdoor venues, libraries, hospitals, and schools WindSync has been featured in educational performances presented by The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, The Midland Symphony Orchestra, and the Rockport Chamber Music Festival. As the 2013 Music for Autism "Spotlight Artist", WindSync traveled to five cities across the United States performing concerts specifically developed to provide a safe environment for children or individuals on the autistic spectrum and their families. Previous community presenters include the Canucks Autism Network, PALS Autism School in Vancouver, BC, and Azure Family Concerts presented by the Schubert Club (St. Paul, MN). The group has also performed recitals and residencies presented by Stanford University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, CSU Northridge, CSU Sacramento, University of Nevada, Reno, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Victoria, B.C., Drexel University, and the University of Minnesota. Past residencies include, Ensemble in Residence for the Da Camera of Houston Young Artist Program, the Grand Teton Music Festival during the summers of 2012 and 2013, and the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington from 2012-2016.
Learn more at www.windsync.org/.
Thursday, August 10
Julia Bruskin, Cello
Since her concerto debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 17, Julia Bruskin has established herself as one of the premiere cellists of her generation. She has soloed with conductor Jahja Ling at Avery Fisher Hall as well as with the Nashville, Utah, Virginia, and Pacific Symphonies, among others. Her CD of music by Beethoven, Brahms, and Dohnanyi was praised by Fanfare magazine for its "exquisite beauty of sound and expression." She is a frequent guest at summer music festivals, now especially as co-director of the Skaneateles Festival with her husband, Aaron Wunsch. They often plays solo recitals together. She is also a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City.
A founding member of the critically acclaimed Claremont Trio, Bruskin has recorded and toured extensively with the group. Their recording for Bridge Records of the Beethoven "Triple" Concerto with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra has received rave reviews.
Bruskin teaches at the Juilliard Pre-College. She completed the five-year double degree program at Juilliard and Columbia University. Her major teachers have included Timothy Eddy, Joel Krosnick, Andres Diaz, Norman Fischer, and Nancy Hair.
Learn more at www.metorchestramusicians.org/julia-bruskin/.
Thursday, August 10
Guest Artist Sponsors:Julia Bruskin sponsored by The Skaneateles Consortium: George Bain, Sam & Debby Bruskin, Dana & Susan Hall, and Ron Sampson