By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory
May 3, 2017: Concordia Conservatory will present the Emerson String Quartet as part of the Hoch Chamber Music Series' 15th season finale concert on May 12 at 8:00 pm. The program consists of Mozart's String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465 ("Dissonance"); Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 4 in D major, Op. 83; and Dvorak's String Quartet No. 11 in C Major, Op. 61. The concert is part of the Concordia College–New York commencement events.
The Emerson String Quartet has amassed an unparalleled list of achievements over four decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America's "Ensemble of the Year," and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. The quartet members are Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violins; Lawrence Dutton, viola; and Paul Watkins, cello.
The 2016-17 season marks the Emerson Quartet's 40th anniversary, and highlights of this milestone year reflect all aspects of the quartet's venerable artistry, with high-profile projects and collaborations, as well as commissions and recordings.
Universal Music Group has reissued its entire Deutsche Grammophon discography in a 52-CD boxed set.
After recent engagements together at the Kennedy Center and Tanglewood, illustrious soprano Renée Fleming joined the Emerson at Walt Disney Concert Hall in October, performing works by Alban Berg and Egon Wellesz from their first collaborative recording, released by Decca in fall of 2015.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center programmed celebratory concerts at Alice Tully Hall, as well as in Chicago and Purchase, NY, in October: the Calidore Quartet teamed up with the Emerson for the Mendelssohn Octet; the Emerson gave the New York premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Shroud (co-commissioned by CMS); and former Emerson cellist David Finckel appeared as a special guest for Schubert's Quintet in C Major.
In May of 2017, legendary pianist Maurizio Pollini will join the quartet for a performance of the Brahms Quintet at Carnegie Hall. Additional highlights of the season include a concert with clarinetist David Shifrin as part of the quartet's season-long residency at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon, this summer, as well as a collaboration with cellist Clive Greensmith this past October for the Schubert Quintet at the Soka Performing Arts Center in California.
The Emerson continues its series at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., for its 38th season, and the quartet members have been selected as artistic advisors for Wolf Trap's Chamber Music at The Barns in Virginia, curating the series in celebration of its 20th season.
The 2016-17 season also includes multiple tours of Europe, including performances in Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Mexico for the Festival Internacional Cervantino.
Lawrence Dutton has served as the artistic director of the Hoch Chamber Music Series for 15 years, transforming the series into a world-class chamber music series with an eclectic mix of repertoire and artists.
Conservatory faculty will give a pre-concert lecture titled "More than Music," which will be a detailed study of the chamber music featured in the concert, at 7:00 pm in Stein Hall.
Tickets for the concert are $36 for adults and $18 for seniors and children. Tickets for the pre-concert lecture are $12.
For more information, call the Concordia Conservatory office at 914-395-4507 or order tickets online at www.concordiaconservatory.org.
Pictured here: The Emerson String Quartet.
Photo courtesy Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory