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SEASON DEDICATED TO EVELYN BRENZEL

JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2022, 7:30 PM

The return of the Juilliard Quartet always gives us reason to rejoice. This will be their 25th performance for SFCM. And what a program they bring: the last of Beethoven's deeply personal quartets, a piece by a prolific Jamaican composer, and a work reflecting Dvořák's love of his native Bohemia! 

Beethoven:  String Quartet no. 16 in F major, op. 135

Eleanor Alberga: String Quartet no. 2

Dvořák: String Quartet no. 14 in A-flat major, op. 105

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2022-2023 SEASON CONCERTS
All performances in-person only

QUARTETTO DI CREMONA

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2022, 7:30 PM

Formed in 2000, the Cremona took its name from the town in their native Italy that was home to the golden age of violin making. Known as one of the world's finest string quartets, the Cremona is making its first appearance for SFCM, ahead of its 2023 Carnegie Hall debut. An impassioned piece from Webern's Romantic period sets the stage for two of the most exquisite quartets of the past century.

Webern: Langsamer Satz

Prokofiev: String Quartet no. 1 in B minor, op. 50

Ravel: String Quartet in F major 

Photo: Nikolaj Lund

ATLANTIC BRASS QUINTET

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2022, 7:30 PM

The stunningly virtuosic Atlantic Brass Quintet has been winning international prizes since its founding 30 years ago. Their program for us includes an ABQ-commissioned piece that composer Jeff Scott calls “a rhythmic and emotional carpet ride through jazz, blues, Gospel and funk,” as well as some Balkan brass music that might get people up and dancing.

Robert Patterson: Dash

Anthony Barfield: Gravity 

Jeff Scott: Sermon for Saints and Sinners

Luciano Berio: Call

Joan Tower: Copperwave 

Traditional: Balkan Dance Party

VOICES RAISED!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2023, 7:30 PM

 

SFCM celebrates that most expressive of instruments, the human voice, in chamber works featuring Central New York's own singers and instrumentalists. Included in the program are songs by Ravel for mezzo-soprano, cello and flute; a piece by Barber for string quartet and baritone; a duet by Bizet for tenor and baritone; a trio for Soprano, flute, and piano; and Brahms' beloved Liebeslieder Waltzer for piano four hands and vocal quartet.

Ravel: Chansons madécasses

Barber: Dover Beach, op. 3

Bizet: The Pearl Fishers (duet)

Eric Whitacre: Hebrew Love Songs

Brahms: Liebeslieder Walzer, op. 52

Edgar Degas

HUB NEW MUSIC

SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2023, 7:30 PM

Hub New Music is a Boston-based ensemble forging new paths in 21st century music. The Boston Globe called its four innovative members (on violin, cello, flute, and clarinet) “contemporary chamber trailblazers.” Their program includes a piece they commissioned from Daniel Thomas Davis—a world premiere. How cutting-edge is that!.

Nathalie Joachim: They Found Me in Pieces

Angélica Negrón: New Work for Hub New Music

Daniel Thomas Davis: New Work for Hub New Music—world premiere

Nina C. Young: To hear the things we cannot see

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Photo: Robert Torres

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This concert is dedicated to John Oberbrunner: impresario, past SFCM Board president, long term Board member, and flute royalty. We miss him very much.

PACIFICA QUARTET with ANTHONY MCGILL

SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2023, 7:30 PM

The celebrated Pacifica Quartet returns for its sixth SFCM concert, joined by New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist Anthony McGill. Their program of ”American Stories”  will include music by three African American composers. Dvořák’s “American” quartet was written while the composer was in the United States, and may well reflect the Negro Spirituals he so much appreciated.

James Lee III: Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet

Dvořák: String Quartet no. 12, op. 96, “American”

Florence Price: String Quartet in G major: Andante

Valerie Coleman: Shot Gun Houses

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Photo: Eric Rudd

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FRAUTSCHI-MANASSE-NAKAMATSU TRIO

SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2023, 7:30 PM

 

Van Cliburn gold-medal winner and CNY favorite Jon Nakamatsu will be joined by two other enormously gifted musicians: violinist and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Jennifer Frautschi, and Jon Manasse, called by the New York Times an “absolutely first rate clarinet soloist.” We will enjoy their artistry in several combinations: solo, duo, and trio.

Dvořák: Sonatina in G major for Violin and Piano

Weber: Grand Duo Concertante for Clarinet and Piano

Chopin: Fantasie in F Minor, op. 49

Bartók: Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano

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