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 September 27, 2016 Garrick Ohlsson concert to be held at the Orpheum Theater (pre-concert lecture TBA).

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2016-17 Concert Season


GARRICK OHLSSON, PIANO
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Orpheum Theater
129 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans 70112
7:30 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
7:00 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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NEW YORK WOODWIND QUINTET
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Dixon Hall, 8:00 PM

Now in its seventh decade, the New York Woodwind Quintet has maintained an active performance schedule in the United States and abroad, while also teaching the next generation of woodwind performers. The Quintet has commissioned and premiered more than 20 compositions, some of which have become classics of the woodwind repertoire, and quintets by Gunther Schuller, Ezra Laderman, William Bergsma, and Alec Wilder. The Quintet’s members, all internationally recognized performers and teachers, continue the ensemble's 20-year-long residency at the Juilliard School, where they present eight seminars each year for student woodwind quintets and give regular coaching sessions. (Photo: CHRISTIAN STEINER)

“The performance was fleet and full of spirit.”
Will Crutchfield, THE NEW YORK TIMES

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