Miró String Quartet
Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

Miró String Quartet

Celebrating the 75th Season of Ensemble Music Society concerts and the 25th Anniversary of the Miró String Quartet

“As the Miró Quartet nears its 25th anniversary and the world celebrates Beethoven’s 250th, we decided to take a look back at our past, our roots, and our lineage, and to ask ourselves how we got to where we are today; what mentors helped us; what pieces, performers, and performances over the last twenty-five years helped to shape us as artists.” –Miró String Quartet

The Miró String Quartet explored three historic quartet programs on prominent chamber music series from 1910, 1929, and 1935 as part of their Archive Project. As it turns out, all three quartets, the Kneisel, Flonzaley, and Kolisch appeared in Indianapolis before the formation of Ensemble Music Society. We are presenting the Kolisch Quartet’s program from April 1935 at the Library of Congress.

The Kolisch Quartet’s program is unique in the large first half offering of Beethoven’s Op. 130 with the Grosse Fuge, but even more so because this was the world premiere of Bartók’s Quartet No. 5 and the North American premiere of Berg’s Lyric Suite. 

The 1935 Program:
Beethoven Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
Berg Lyric Suite (North American premiere)
Bartók Quartet No. 5 (World premiere)

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Dover String Quartet  with Inon Barnatan
Dec
11
7:30 PM19:30

Dover String Quartet with Inon Barnatan

“A quartet to reckon with…for me, this was string quartet nirvana.”
–Santa Fe New Mexican

The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Competition, at which they won every prize. Named the Cleveland Quartet Award-winner, and honored with the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Dover has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world.

“A complete artist: a wonderful pianist, a probing intellect, passionately committed, and a capable contemporary-music pianist as well.”
–Alan Gilbert, Music Director, New York Philharmonic

“One of the most admired pianists of his generation.”
–New York Times

Inon Barnatan is celebrated for his poetic sensibility, musical intelligence, and consummate artistry.

Inon Barnatan, Piano

Inon Barnatan, Piano

Program:
Beethoven Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”
Britten Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57

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Apollon Musagète Quartet with Charles Richard-Hamelin
Feb
5
7:30 PM19:30

Apollon Musagète Quartet with Charles Richard-Hamelin

Winner of first prize and several other awards at the International Music Competition of the ARD in 2008, the Apollon Musagète Quartet has rapidly become an established feature of the European musical scene, captivating public and press alike.

Silver medalist and laureate of the Krystian Zimerman Prize at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin is standing out today as one of the most important musicians of his generation.

Charles Richard-Hamelin, Piano

Charles Richard-Hamelin, Piano

Program:
Suk Meditation on an old Czech Hymn “St. Wenceslas”, Op. 35a
Schubert Quartet No. 1 in G Minor/B-flat Major, D.18
Dvořák Zwei Walzer, Op. 54 nos. 1 and 4
Dvořák Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81

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The Shanghai Quartet
Mar
18
7:30 PM19:30

The Shanghai Quartet

“Utterly sublime.”
–New York Times

Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles.  Its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres including traditional Chinese folk music, masterpieces of Western music and cutting-edge contemporary works. Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the Quartet has worked with the world’s most distinguished artists and regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America and Asia.

Program:
Beethoven String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6
Penderecki Quartet No. 3 “Leaves of an Unwritten Diary”, 2008
(commissioned by Shanghai Quartet)
Debussy Quartet in G Minor

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Chien-Kim-Watkins Trio
Apr
16
7:30 PM19:30

Chien-Kim-Watkins Trio

Co-presented by Ensemble Music Society and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

Soovin Kim, 2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Bronze Medalist, is joined by distinguished artists cellist Paul Watkins of the Emerson String Quartet and Gloria Chien an alum of CMS Two and regular guest artist with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to perform music by visionary composers of the past and the present.

Program:
Beethoven Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 1, No. 1
Jalbert Piano Trio No. 2
Beethoven Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1 “Ghost”

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