Music season for 2002-2003 looks bright


Three extra events added to Shriver Hall series Music Column

August 06, 2002|By Tim Smith | Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC

The Shriver Hall Concert Series, Baltimore's premier classical music presenter, has another starry lineup in store for 2002-2003.

Opening the series Sept. 29 will be one of the leading ensembles on the current chamber music scene, the Borromeo String Quartet. Pieter Wispelwey, the extraordinary Dutch cellist, will give a recital Oct. 27. Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, founded and conducted by Misha Rachlevsky, is slated for Nov. 17. Soprano Hyunah Hu, whose silvery singing has won her a strong local following, will give a recital Dec. 8.

Getting a jump on the citywide Vivat! St. Petersburg festival (Feb. 13-March 2), Shriver Hall will offer not one, but two of today's most brilliant Russian talents in recital - violinist Vadim Repin on Jan. 19, pianist Arcadi Volodos on Jan. 26. Then, as part of the actual festival, the series helps celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of St. Petersburg by presenting a fine ensemble bearing that name - the St. Petersburg String Quartet, March 2.

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, whose elegant style has made him a worldwide favorite, will close the regular subscription season on April 6.

But that's not all. There are three extra events on the Shriver schedule.

Eminent keyboard artist Murray Perahia will give a non-subscription recital April 23. A daylong, intensive exploration of the life and times of Johannes Brahms will be offered on Nov. 16, featuring three leading musicologists as well as pianist Robert Levin, violist Kim Kashkashian and clarinetist Charles Neidich.

And, on May 4, the centennial of the birth of revered cellist Gregor Piatigorsky will be observed with performances by some of his friends and former students.

For more information on the Shriver Hall series, call 410-516-7164.

Music by candlelight

Chamber Music by Candlelight, one of the area's great bargains (as in free) and a consistently imaginative series, returns for another season at Second Presbyterian Church.

The concerts, which feature members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, begin Sept. 22 with a typically wide-ranging program - a Mozart flute quartet; a trio by Poulenc for trumpet, trombone and horn; Gyorgy Kurtag's Hommage a Schumann for clarinet, viola and piano; and Brahms' D minor Violin Sonata.

On Oct. 20, Hindemith's Double Bass Sonata and Kodaly's Duo for violin and cello will complement a much better-known item, Schubert's Death and the Maiden String Quartet. Brahms' C minor Piano Quartet, works for trumpet and organ by Handel and Dramatis Personae for clarinet and string quartet by pianist/composer and Peabody alum Stephen Prutsman are scheduled for Nov. 24.

A trio of trios will be offered on Jan. 19 - a divertimento for string trio by Mozart; a serenade for flute, violin and viola by Max Reger; and Brahms' Horn Trio.

In conjunction with the Vivat! St. Petersburg festival, the series takes a Russian turn on Feb. 23 with Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat, Shostakovich's Viola Sonata and Borodin's String Quartet No. 2.

More great music for string ensembles is in store on March 16 - Brahms' String Sextet in B-flat major and Bartok's String Quartet No. 4. Completing the bill will be a trio for oboe, horn and piano by Heinrich Herzogenberg. For the April 6 program, count on Beethoven's Septet, along with some of Max Bruch's pieces for clarinet, viola and piano and a work for the intriguing combination of four drums and viola by Michael Colgrass.

The series concludes May 11 with a cello sonata by Chopin and Schubert's String Quintet.

All performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. Admission is free. For more information, call 410-744-4034.

Columbia concerts

Columbia's leading classical music presenter, Candlelight Concerts, opens its 2002-2003 season on Oct. 26 with a visit by the Guarneri String Quartet performing works by Haydn, Beethoven and Viktor Ullman, the remarkable Czech composer who died in a Nazi concentration camp.

Cellist David Finckel of the noted Emerson String Quartet will give a recital with his wife, pianist Wu Han, Nov. 9. The series continues Nov. 23 with a recital by Swiss pianist Gilles Vonsattel, who just won the 2002 Naumburg Competition, one of the most important prizes awarded to emerging talents.

The Marian Anderson String Quartet, the first African-American chamber ensemble to win a major competition (the International Cleveland Quartet Competition), will give a concert on Jan. 11 with pianist Raymond Jackson from the Howard University faculty. The program includes Brahms' Piano Quintet.

Red Priest, a British group that shares Vivaldi's nickname, will deliver a baroque program on Feb. 1, followed by the Ying Quartet on Feb. 22 balancing Beethoven with such contemporary composers as Ned Rorem and Chen Yi. The Paris Piano Trio has chosen music by Haydn, Schubert and Chausson for a concert March 1.

The Quintet of the Americas, a wind ensemble that covers the gamut of folk and classical music from our hemisphere, will give a concert April 5. The series closes May 3 with a wide-ranging recital by guitarist Franco Platino.

Performances are at Smith Theatre on the campus of Howard Community College in Columbia. For more information on Candlelight Concerts, which also presents a separate chil- dren's series, call 410-715-0034.

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