2016-2017 CONCERT SEASON
Zora String Quartet
SINGLE TICKETS AVAILABLE AFTER SEPT. 1
Sunday, September 25, 2016
UNCW Beckwith Recital Hall
From Aspen, Banff, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals to Germany’s Beethoven-Haus, the Zorá Quartet has taken the chamber music world by storm, joining the Tokyo Quartet to become one of the few string quartets to win New York’s Young Concert Artists Auditions. Formerly in residence at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, Zorá was recently awarded a prestigious residency appointment at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia beginning this fall. Zorá opens the season with Mozart’s Quartet in D minor K. 421, Turina’s La Oración del Torero (The Bullfighter's Prayer) and Debussy’s Quartet in F minor.
The lively Kontras Quartet returns to our stage from Chicago, having established an international following for their nuanced interpretations, inventive programming and sparkling personalities. Recent performances include Lincoln Center, Chicago’s Symphony Center, Performance Today, and the Farnsworth House. Their fascinating program circles the globe and includes American composer Dan Visconti’s Black Bend, Villa Lobos’ String Quartet No. 5, Osvaldo Golijov’s Tenebrae and Dvorak’s Quartet No. 9.
Hailed by the New York Times for their “impressive musicianship,” success has come quickly to this astonishing piano trio. Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills joins Raman Ramakrishnan, frequent CMW guest cellist, and concert pianist Rieko Aizawa to form this polished ensemble. Their musical bond began at the Juilliard School and has taken them throughout the US and on several world tours, most recently to Japan and India. The Trio will perform Beethoven’s Trio Op. 70, No. 2, a trio from British-American composer Rebecca Clarke and Mendelssohn’s virtuosic Trio No. 2 in C Minor.
Master communicators, the award-winning Jasper String Quartet received Chamber Music America’s (CMA) prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award in 2012 and special funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the CMA Endowment Fund to commission and premiere a new work from American composer Aaron Jay Kernis. The Jasper’s Wilmington performance closes the season with Schubert’s monumental String Quartet No. 14 “Death and the Maiden,” Kernis’s stunningly beautiful Meditation from Quartet No. 1 “Musica Celestis,” and Mozart’s D Major Quartet K. 575.