Five-time Grammy Award winner Upshaw joins with the Brentano for a program of Mozart, Schubert, Respighi and Schoenberg. Pre-concert talk at 7pm.
Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim, praised for its “seemingly infallible instincts for finding the center of gravity in every phrase and musical gesture” (Philadelphia Inquirer). The Quartet has garnered several coveted awards, including the Cleveland Quartet Award, the Naumburg Chamber Music Award as well as the Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut. Additionally, in 1996, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center invited them to be the inaugural members of Chamber Music Society Two. In recent seasons the Quartet has traveled widely, performing in the most prestigious venues in the United States and abroad. The Brentano Quartet performs a wide range or repertoire from Baroque and Classical repertoire to commissioning new works from contemporary composers. The Quartet has also worked with the celebrated poet Mark Strand, commissioning poetry from him to accompany works of Haydn and Webern, as well as collaborating with such celebrated artists as Jessye Norman, Joyce DiDonato and Richard Goode.
A five-time Grammy Award winner, Dawn Upshaw combines a rare natural warmth with a fierce commitment to the transforming communicative power of music. She has achieved worldwide celebrity as an opera singer and recitalist of concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. Her ability to reach to the heart of music and text has earned her a devoted audience, as well as awards and distinctions accorded to only the most distinguished of artists. In 2007, she was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, the first vocal artist to be awarded the five-year “genius” prize, and in 2008 she was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
MOZART: String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat major, K. 428
WEBERN: 6 Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op. 9
SCHUBERT: Minuets (alternating with Webern Bagatelles)
RESPIGHI: Il Tramonto
SCHOENBERG: String Quartet, No. 2