Auryn Quartet at Trianon Theatre

A gorgeous and unified sound was the hallmark of the Auryn Quartet appearance at the Trianon Theater, presented by the San Jose Chamber Music Society on October 22. Formed in 1981, the Quartet has had no change of personnel in its 35 years. They perform in major concert halls and music festivals around the world and produce award-winning recordings, including complete quartets of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and others. They are familiar to San Jose audiences by their performances of Beethoven quartet cycles presented in 2014 and 2015 by the SJCMS. On this visit they played quartets by Debussy, Mozart and Grieg. Read full story

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Miró Quartet – Ensemble playing at its best

Last night at Sunset Center in Carmel, Chamber Music Monterey Bay initiated its 2017-2018 season with a return engagement by the Miró Quartet (this concert represented its fifth appearance for CMMB). The Miró Quartet consists of Daniel Ching, violin, William Fedkenheuer, violin, John Largess, viola, and Joshua Gindele, cello. Based in Austin, TX, the Miró Quartet takes its name from the Spanish artist, Joan Miró, whose surrealist works — with subject matter drawn from the realm of memory and imaginative fantasy — are some of the most original of the 20th century. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 21st Century, Chamber music, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, String quartet


Santa Cruz Symphony — Pianist Yuja Wang Returns

  

Faithful supporters of the Santa Cruz Symphony under the direction of Music Director Daniel Stewart were treated to rare, innovative programming, in a special sixth concert of its 2016-2017 season featuring Yuja Wang — certainly one of the most sought after pianists in the world. In her first performance with the Santa Cruz Symphony in February at Civic Center and Mello Center Wang created a sensation performing the Concerto No. 5 by Prokofiev and Concerto No. 2 by Johannes Brahms. Subsequently. it was Yuja Wang who having enjoyed her first Santa Cruz appearances who suggested this special return engagement.  Read full story

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One Hundred Years of Chamber Music from Vienna

Vienna was the center for chamber music in the 19th century, where many of the great composers lived and worked. In was in this European capital that notable works were created for solo, orchestral, and chamber music works that helped define the Romantic movement of the 19th century. One hundred years of chamber music from Vienna was the underlying theme presented in concert by the Gould Piano Trio with clarinetist Robert Plane in San Jose on April 2, presented by the San Jose Chamber Music Society at the Trianon Theater. Read full story

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San Jose Chamber Music Society – Pražák Quartet from Prague

San Jose Chamber Music Society scored a big win with the appearance of The Pražák Quartet from Prague at the Trianon Theater in San Jose on March 12. Playing two quartets by Antonin Dvořák and one by Alexander von Zemlinsky, at first glance the program appeared to be very limited, considering the three works were composed over a span of only 17 years. One might wonder if the program lacked diversity. Would there be any variety in these apparently similar works? Read full story

Archived in these categories: Romantic Era, String quartet