Rescheduled Concerts from the 2019-2020 Season

  • Dorian Wind Quintet (originally scheduled for April 18, 2020)Saturday, September 12, 2020, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseDorian Wind Quintet (originally scheduled for April 18, 2020)Formed in 1961, the Dorian Wind Quintet is known worldwide as one of chamber music's preeminent and longest continuously-active ensembles. The Dorian is recognized by critics, audiences, and professional musicians alike for its uniquely polished and passionate performances. "Breathtaking." -London Times

    H. Isaac (et al) Renaissance Suite (arr. Roseman)
    Jacques Ibert Trois pièces brèves
    Billy Childs Ecosystems, 2019
    J.S. Bach Fugue in G Minor, BWV 578 (arr. Rechtman)
    Samuel Barber Summer Music
    Paul Hindemith Kleine Kammermusic, op. 24, no. 2

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  • Jupiter Quartet and Jasper Quartet (originally scheduled for May 2, 2020)Friday, September 25, 2020, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseJupiter Quartet and Jasper Quartet (originally scheduled for May 2, 2020)To complete the celebration of our 70th anniversary in style, we are presenting not one but two wonderful string quartets. The Jupiter and Jasper Quartets will each perform separately, then join forces for the much-loved Mendelssohn Octet for the season's grand finale.

    Beethoven String Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 74
    Lera Auerbach "Winter" from The Four Seasons
    Joan Tower "Wild Summer" from The Four Seasons
    Felix Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat Major, op. 20

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Concerts for the 2020-2021 Season

  • Saturday, October 3, 2020, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseThe Montrose TrioA new group of old friends opens our season. In 2013, two former members of the Tokyo String Quartet—violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith—joined forces with world-famous pianist Jon Kimura Parker to form the Montrose Trio. A recent review (Albuquerque journal): "While all are soloists in their own right, they play as a unit melding seamlessly with an impeccable sense of ensemble, giving vibrant performances that let each work reveal itself in all it has to say." This is a new ensemble in our series, but we are welcoming back all three of these world-famous artists. Expect a spectacular night of shining performances!

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  • Saturday, October 17, 2020, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseAkropolis Reed QuintetCelebrating their 10th anniversary and hailed by Fanfare Magazine for their "imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality," the Akropolis Reed Quintet has won seven national chamber music prizes. This lively fivesome features oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, and bassoon in an ensemble that has premiered more than 70 new works. They bring us their lively personalities, outstanding skills, and an adventurous repertoire spanning over 400 years of musical history.

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  • Saturday, November 14, 2020, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracusePacifica QuartetBack for their fifth appearance for SFCM, the Pacifica Quartet brings virtuosity and an exuberant performance style to the traditional and the new in the string quartet repertoire. Over the past 25 years, the Pacifica Quartet has achieved international recognition as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. A New York Times reviewer, writing about their performance of a Beethoven quartet, says, "Their alluring sound proved breathtaking in the poignant Lento assai, which unfolded with spine-tingling intensity." We welcome them back enthusiastically!

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  • Saturday, February 6, 2021, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseMid-Winter Concert: Classic SonatasJohn Oberbrunner has planned another wonderful program for us, featuring outstanding Central New York musicians. Sonatas by Sergei Prokofiev and César Franck as well as a Bach trio sonata will make for a great evening of music featuring flute, violin, and piano.

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  • Friday, March 26, 2021, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseShanghai QuartetOne of the world's foremost chamber ensembles, the Shanghai Quartet melds impressive technique and emotional breadth while moving seamlessly between masterpieces of western music, traditional Chinese folk music, and cutting-edge contemporary works. Formed in Shanghai in 1983, the group is now based in the U.S. The quartet is the subject of a full-length documentary, Behind the Strings. We welcome them to Syracuse.

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  • Saturday, April 17, 2021, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseRussian RenaissanceRussian Renaissance has established itself as one of today's most electrifying and exhilarating ensembles. Through stunning performances of everything from tango and folk to Classical and jazz, Russian Renaissance redefines the possibilities for their traditional Russian folk instruments (balalaika, domra/domra alto, button accordion, and balalaika contrabasso) while capturing the attention of audiences worldwide. What makes Russian Renaissance truly special is their ability to both dazzle with breathtaking style and touch the hearts of listeners of all ages and backgrounds. Enjoy a special night of music!

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  • Saturday, May 1, 2021, 7:30 pmH.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Rd., SyracuseDover QuartetFollowing their wonderful concert here in 2014, we have been looking for an opportunity to bring this group back. Since they catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Competition, at which they won every prize, the Dover has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The Quartet's rise from up-and-coming young quartet to occupying a spot at the top of their field has been "practically meteoric" (Strings). With its burnished warmth, incisive rhythms, and natural phrasing, the Quartet's distinctive sound has helped confirm its status as "the young American string quartet of the moment" (New Yorker). A magnificent close to our season!

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While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we may not be able to present live concerts in an auditorium. However, we are arranging to have the same artists perform the same repertoire in virtual (online) concert formats. Before the 2020–2021 season officially begins in October, we will offer the two concerts that were postponed from April and May. READ MORE.

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Our concerts are made possible by CNY Arts, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and Syracuse Sounds of Music.

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