Annandale-on-Hudson —T he Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle (HVCMC) series at Bard College presents three chamber music concerts in June. The Saturday evening concerts begin at 8 p.m. in Bard’s Olin Hall. A subscription to the three-concert series is $70. Individual tickets are $30; $5 for students. For ticket information, call the Bard Fisher Center box
The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its expressive, nuanced performances that combine unusual textural clarity with a rich, blended sound. Former BBC New Generation Artists, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall, both in London. In its hometown of New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where it has presented the complete Zemlinsky Quartet Cycle as well as being one of five quartets chosen to collaborate in a complete presentation of Beethoven’s string quartets.
Praised by The Strad as having “lyricism that stood out . . . a silky tone and beautiful, supple lines,” violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt has already established herself as one of the most sought-after violists of her generation.
Saturday, June 22
Concert 2: The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
Joseph Kalichstein, piano
Jaime Laredo, violin
Sharon Robinson, cello
Robert Schumann Six Études in Canonic Form, Op. 56
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Pas de Trois (local premiere, co-commissioned by HVCMC) Maurice Ravel Piano Trio in A Minor
After four decades of success the world over, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to dazzle audiences and critics alike with its performances. Since making their debut at the White House for President Carter’s inauguration in January 1977, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson have set the standard for performance of the piano trio literature, consistently bringing technical mastery, expressive depth, and magnetism to the concert stage.
Saturday, June 29
Concert 3: Orion String Quartet
Daniel Phillips, violin
Todd Phillips, violin
Steven Tenenbom, viola
Timothy Eddy, cello
With guest flutist Tara Helen O’Connor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Flute Quartet in C Major, K.Anh.171/285b
Fritz Kreisler String Quartet in A Minor
Franz Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor (“Death and the Maiden’)
The Orion Quartet is one of the leading chamber music ensembles on the classical music scene today. Admired for the diverse nature of programming that juxtaposes masterworks of quartet literature with key works of the 20th and 21st centuries, the Orion provides singularly rich dimension to its music making. The Orion String Quartet are artist members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and quartet-in-residence at the Mannes School of Music in New York.