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 lectures will be held in Dixon Hall, with the exception of the April 7, 2017 Harlem Quartet  concert (pre-concert lecture TBA).

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2016-17 Concert Season

BREAKING NEWS!!!!

Friends of Music subscriptions are now FLEXIBLE!

Buy a season subscription to the 2016-17 season and redeem your tickets for ANY of the Friends' concerts in that season. Use your tickets for each concert or choose to bring friends to one or more concerts – Never have unused subscription tickets again!


GARRICK OHLSSON, PIANO
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Dixon Hall
8:00 PM

THE OPENING CONCERT OF THE 62ND SEASON WILL BE A CO-PRESENTATION BY THE NEW ORLEANS FRIENDS OF MUSIC AND THE LOUISIANA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Since winning the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. He is one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Chopin, and is noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, as well as others in the Romantic repertoire. He has recorded on well-known labels such as: Arabesque, RCA Victor, Angel, BMG, Hyperion, and Virgin Classics labels. The third volume of his complete Beethoven sonatas received a Grammy Award. (Photo: MARK MCBETH)

“… an incredible technique with razor-sharp accuracy, producing a sound so lush it almost glistens.”
THE SEATTLE TIMES

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CALDER QUARTET
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Dixon Hall, 8:00 PM

The Calder Quartet, formed at USC’s Thornton School of Music, takes its name from the innovative American artist, Alexander Calder. The Quartet performs a broad range of repertoire, from Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, to music by leading contemporary composers, as well as works commissioned by the Quartet. Recent performances include New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Metropolitan Museum, Wigmore Hall, and the Edinburgh International Festival. The Calder regularly conducts master classes at the Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Cincinnati, and the Thornton School of Music. In 2014 the group won the Avery Fisher Career Grant. (Photo: AUTUMN DE WILDE)

“The Calder’s passionate engagement with the music was notable; so was their pinpoint control and near-flawless execution.”
BOSTON GLOBE

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FINCKEL-HAN-SETZER TRIO
Monday, November 28, 2016
Dixon Hall, 8:00 PM

Violinist Philip Setzer joins cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han to create a dynamic trio. The powerhouse married couple, co-artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Music@ Menlo, and Setzer, are among the most esteemed classical musicians in the world today. Finckel and Han were named Musicians of the Year in 2012 by Musical America. Setzer is a founding and current member of the Emerson String Quartet and performed with Finckel for 34 years in that ensemble. Finckel and Han record for their own label, ArtistLed. The felicitous combination of David Finckel, Wu Han and Philip Setzer on the same stage makes for authoritative performances that are lyrical, virtuosic, and unforgettable. (Photo: TRISTAN COOK)

“The players produced a robust sound. … Everyone’s technique was razor sharp. The ensemble work was tight and communicative.”
SCHENECTADY GAZETTE

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BRYAN HYMEL, TENOR
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
8:00 PM

Jesuit and Loyola graduate, New Orleans-born Bryan Hymel is one of the opera world’s fastest-rising stars, performing leading repertoire in the music capitals of the world. On short notice, he sang the difficult role of Aeneas in Berlioz’s Les Troyens at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. His first solo album, "Héroïque", debuted at number 3 on the Billboard Classical Music chart, and earned him the coveted Georges Thill Prize by the Académie Nationale du Disque Lyrique and the Newcomer of the Year Award from ECHO Klassik. Hymel is the winner of the 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera and the Beverly Sills Artist Award. (Photo: DARIO ACOSTA)

“If Hymel did not exist, as the old adage goes, it would be necessary to invent him.”
PRESTO NEWS, 23 Feb. 2015 review of Héroïque

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ELIAS STRING QUARTET
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Dixon Hall, 8:00 PM

Elias String Quartet is internationally acclaimed as one of the leading ensembles of its generation. Known for intense and vibrant performances, the quartet has travelled the globe collaborating with some of the finest musicians and playing in the world’s great halls. In 2015 the Elias Quartet completed its Beethoven Project, performing and recording the complete string quartets of Beethoven, which were performed in eleven major venues in the UK and broadcast by BBC Radio 3. The Quartet has also recorded the cycle for the “Wigmore Hall Live” record label. (Photo: David Shapiro)

“The lyrical third movement was played so majestically that it moved this critic to tears, the human longing of Beethoven’s prayer being played with such sensitivity and vulnerability.”

THE HERALD (City Halls, Glasgow)

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AKADEMIE FÜR ALTE MUSIK BERLIN
Monday, March 20, 2017
Dixon Hall, 8:00 PM

Founded in 1982, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin now belongs to the world's top Baroque chamber orchestras and can look back on an unparalleled success story. Since 1984, the ensemble has had its own subscription series at the Konzerthaus, Berlin, and since 1994 has been a regular guest at the Berlin State Opera. Its recordings have been awarded numerous major recording prizes, including a Grammy Award, Diapason d'Or, Cannes Classical Award, Gramophone Award, and the Edison Award. (Photo)

“This is a performance of considerable beauty, thanks in no small part to the incisive and beautiful playing of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, which is arguably the best period-instrument ensemble active today.”
THE CLASSICAL REVIEW, Nov., 2011

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HARLEM QUARTET
Friday, April 7, 2017
Roussel Hall, Loyola University
6363 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118
7:30 PM

THE CLOSING CONCERT OF THE 62ND SEASON WILL BE A CO-PRESENTATION BY THE NEW ORLEANS FRIENDS OF MUSIC AND LOYOLA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Photo: (AMY SCHROEDER)

Harlem Quartet advances diversity in classical music while engaging new audiences with varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. Their mission to share their passion with a wider audience has taken them around the world: from a 2009 performance at The White House for President Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama, to a highly successful tour of South Africa in 2012, and numerous venues in between. The musically versatile ensemble has performed with such distinguished performers as Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kavafian, Carter Brey, Fred Sherry, Misha Dicter, Jeremy Denk, and Paquito D’Rivera. Their most recent recording, Hot House, with jazz master Chick Corea and percussionist Gary Burton, was a 2013 multi-Grammy Award winner.

The Harlem Quartet was chosen to receive the 2016 Guarneri String Quartet residency, which recognizes the artistic excellence of a string quartet applicant. The residency was endowed in 2005 by the Sewell Family Foundation to honor the Guarneri String Quartet on the occasion of its 40th Anniversary.

New Orleans Friends of Music will host the Harlem Quartet in a New Orleans' residency April 6-9, 2017.

“Their sunny warmth permeated the space between the notes throughout the work, bringing life to the quick movements and human breath to the slow movement.” Michael Miller, BERKSHIRE REVIEW

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