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Announcing the Avalon String Quartet

Brahms "Traditionalist and Innovator"

The Avalon Quartet is pleased to be presenting a focus on the Brahms String Quartets in the Chicago area this coming season. The four-concert cycle at Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago will be presented with brief commentary linking the music to art from the museum’s collection; each concert will be followed by an optional gallery walk led by an AIC presenter. Other Brahms Quartet performances can be heard at Northern Illinois University, the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center in Rockford and the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association in Oak Park.

Schedule:


Art Institute of Chicago

Sundays at 2pm

I. Sept 28, 2014 Schumann Quartet No. 3 in A Major Op. 41 and Brahms Quartet No. 2 in A Minor Op. 51

II. Nov 9, 2014 Brahms Quartet No. 3 in Bb Major Op. 67 and Debussy Quartet in G Minor Op.10

III. Feb 22, 2015 Berg Quartet Op. 3 and Brahms Quartet No. 1 in C Minor Op. 51

IV. April 12, 2015 Lachenmann Quartet No. 3 "Grido" and Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor Op. 34


Northern Illinois University, DeKalb

I. Sept 29, 2014 Schumann Quartet No. 3 in A Major Op. 41 and Brahms Quartet No. 2 in A Minor Op. 51

II. Nov 21, 2014 Brahms Quartet No. 3 in Bb Major Op. 67 and Debussy Quartet in G Minor Op. 10

III. Feb 17, 2015 Berg Quartet Op. 3 and Brahms Quartet No. 1 in C Minor Op. 51

IV. April 2, 2015 Lachenmann Quartet No. 3 "Grido" and Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor Op. 34


Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, Rockford

I. Sept 14, 2014 Schumann Quartet No. 3 in A Major Op. 41 and Brahms Quartet No. 2 in A Minor Op. 51

II. Nov 2, 2014 Brahms Chamber Music

III. Feb 15, 2015 Berg Quartet Op. 3 and Brahms Quartet No. 1 in C Minor Op. 51

IV. April 26, 2015 Lachenmann Quartet No. 3 and Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor Op. 34 Minor


The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, Oak Park

I. Sept 24, 2014 Schumann Quartet No. 3 in A Major Op. 41 and Brahms Quartet No. 2 in A Minor Op. 51

II. Nov 19, 2014 Brahms Quartet No. 3 in Bb Major Op. 67 and Debussy Quartet in G Minor Op.10

III. Feb 18, 2015 Berg Quartet Op. 3 and Brahms Quartet No. 1 in C Minor Op 51

IV. April 15, 2015 Lachenmann Quartet No. 3 "Grido" and Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor Op. 34


Venues:

Art Institute of Chicago- Fullerton Hall

111 S. Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60603

Tel: 312.443.3600

http://www.artic.edu/aic/calendar/events?EventType=22

Free with admission to museum*Art tour following concert


Northern Illinois University

Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Music Building

DeKalb, IL 60115

Tel: 815.753.1551

www.niu.edu/music

*Live Webcasts http://niu.edu/Music/media/webcasts.shtml


Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center

415 North Church St

Rockford, IL 61103

Tel: : 815.964.9713

https://www.mendelssohnpac.org/


The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association of Oak Park

178 Forest Ave

Oak Park, IL 60301

Tel: 708.386.2729

http://www.19thcenturyclub.com/index.php?pr=club-programs



A new CD has been released to critical acclaim! This is a selection of contemporary works that were premiered by the Avalon Quartet. It can be purchased on Amazon.com

Contents:
Hayes Biggs, composer

O Sapientia/Steal Away


Ethan Wickman, composer
Namasté

Stephen Gryc, composer
String Quartet

David Macbride, composer
A Muse

Reviews:

"It would be hard to overpraise the polished, adroit, deeply musical and sheerly gorgeous playing of the Avalon String Quartet, superbly complemented by Albany's vivid, powerful, sonics. Together they make the best possible case for the music."

American Record Guide

"There are so many fine young string quartets these days that the Avalon may have not yet come to your attention. It should. They play the Biggs piece with passion and precision, sensitively varied colors, and impeccable pacing." 

Secret Geometry - Blog of James Primosch

"Four worthwhile works...all deserving of a place in the repertoire. The impressive Avalon String Quartet does them a huge service." 

Phillip Scott, Fanfare


"If there is any question as to whether newly composed music played by one of the premier quartets of our time can be fun, inspiring, whimsical, melodic, and user-friendly, this CD should put all qualms to rest. Yes, folks, there is music being written and performed that doesn't need a light show or sexy dancers to be fascinating." 

David Wolman, Fanfare




 
 
 
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