Concert Season

Pre-Concert Lecture Series
The New Orleans Friends of Music offers its free pre-concert lecture series again this season. Each lecture, in which Tulane music professor John Joyce, discusses the works to be performed, will begin at 7 p.m. and will conclude by 7:40 p.m. in order that those attending may be comfortably seated by concert time. There is no admission charge for any lecture. All concerts and the pre-concert lecture will be held in Dixon Hall.

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2015-16 Concert Season


PACIFICA STRING QUARTET
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Dixon Hall, 8:00 PM

Over the past two decades, the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. Formed in 1994, the Pacifica Quartet quickly won chamber music's top competitions, including the 1998 Naumburg Chamber Music Award. Other prestigious awards include the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in 2009 the quartet was named "Ensemble of the Year" by Musical America. Tonight marks the Pacifica's seventh appearance with New Orleans Friends of Music.

"Suffice to say that I have never heard the string quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich performed with such appeal and subtlety. ... These performances grab and hold your attention as much as music does."

Jacob Stockinger, THE WELL-TEMPERED EAR

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IL POMO D’ORO BAROQUE ENSEMBLE WITH MAX CENČIĆ COUNTERTENOR
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Dixon Hall, 8:00 PM

"Founded in 2012, Il Pomo d'Oro has already achieved an award-winning first recording (Vivaldi, Per l'Imperatore) with violinist and conductor Riccardo Minasi. Il Pomo d'Oro was founded to focus on Baroque opera, but is equally committed to instrumental performance in various formations. Countertenor Max Cencˇic´'s performances throughout Europe have received rave reviews and standing ovations. He has also received wide acclaim for his work as producer and artistic director of important Baroque operas. He is one of the leading lights in the vigorous Baroque revival in Europe.

"Mr. Cenčić is blessed with the finest countertenor voice of our day."

OPERNWELT

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PARKER QUARTET
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Dixon Hall, 8:00 PM

The Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the pre-eminent ensembles of its generation. The string quartet, formed in 2002, began touring on the international circuit after winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition, as well as the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. Chamber Music America awarded the quartet the prestigious biennial Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2009-2011 season. The Parker Quartet recently joined the faculty of Harvard University as Blodgett Artists-in-Residence.

"[T]he ensemble's interpretations focused on a vibrant, perpetually-renewed present, fully invested in every passing dramatic idea. ..."

Matthew Guerrieri, THE BOSTON GLOBE

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BROOKLYN RIDER
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Dixon Hall, 8:00 PM

Hailed as "the future of chamber music" (STRINGS), the string quartet Brooklyn Rider presents eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with "recreating the 300-year-old form of the string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble." The Los Angeles Times dubs the group "one of the wonders of contemporary music," and Vice likens its members to "motocross daredevils who never screw up a stunt."

"They are four classical musicians performing with the energy of young rock stars jamming on their guitars, a Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making classical music accessible but also celebrating why it was good in the first place."

Anthony Tommasini, THE NEW YORK TIMES

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GOLDSTEIN-PELED-FITERSTEIN TRIO
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Dixon Hall, 8:00 PM

Pianist Alon Goldstein, cellist Amit Peled, and clarinetist Alex Fiterstein, bound by their Israeli roots, formed the Goldstein- Peled-Fiterstein Trio in 2005. While equally active as soloists, as a trio they combine their special gifts and originality with their marvelous sense of ensemble and love of chamber music. The Trio has appeared in concerts in New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and at numerous chamber music festivals. The Seattle Chamber Music Society commissioned a trio for them from composer Ronn Yedidia, which they premiered in 2007.

"There was a strong bonding between the artists, and the emotional core of the piece was laid bare by the intense performance."

Janos Gereben, SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE

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ANGELA HEWITT, PIANO
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Dixon Hall, 8:00 PM

Angela Hewitt, born in Canada into a musical family, began her piano studies at age three. She studied at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music. Acclaimed for her radiant interpretations of Bach's piano works, she has played concerts throughout Europe, North and South America, and Asia. In addition to her recordings of Bach's keyboard works, her discography includes works of Beethoven, Chabrier, Messiaen, the complete solo works of Ravel, the complete Chopin Nocturnes, and three disks devoted to Couperin's solo works. In 2005, she founded the annual Trasimeno Music Festival in Umbria, near Perugia, of which she is Artistic Director. She has won numerous honors, including being named Gramophone Artist of the Year in 2006.

"The Canadian pianist is one of the reliably mesmerizing musicians of the day. You sit entranced. ..."

Paul Driver, THE SUNDAY TIMES

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IMANI WINDS
Monday, April 18, 2016
Dixon Hall, 8:00 PM

The Imani Winds quintet is renowned for adventurous programming that includes European, American, African, and Latin American music. Through its Legacy Commissioning Project, the ensemble has premiered works by composers such as Wayne Shorter, Paquito D'Rivera, Danilo Pérez, and Mohammed Fairouz. Imani Winds has played concerts and participated in music festivals worldwide. The group has recorded extensively as an ensemble and in collaboration with other musicians. On radio, they appeared on Public Radio's Saint Paul Sunday and Performance Today. The Imani has a deep commitment to education, holding residencies and master classes for thousands of students each year. Friends of Music is honored to have them participate in a 3-day residency in collaboration with Tipitina's Foundation, Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, NOLA ChamberFest, and a local high school.

"[T]he group echoes the fresh plein-air sound of cool breezes and incisive energy that has marked outdoor wind ensembles since Mozart's day."

Cecelia H. Porter, WASHINGTON POST

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