Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
October 19, 2022
Tulane University, Dixon Hall
Pre-performance lecture at 6:30 p.m. and online
Purcell: Chacony for Strings in G minor (arr. Benjamin Britten)
Brahms: String Sextet in B-flat Major, Op. 18
Bach: Ricercar a 6, from “The Musical Offering”
Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat, Op. 20
Tomo Keller (violin)
Harvey de Souza (violin)
Jennifer Godson (violin)
Martin Burgess (violin)
Robert Smissen (viola)
Fiona Bonds (viola)
Caroline Dale (cello)
Will Schofield (cello)
The Academy Chamber Ensemble was formed in 1967, drawing its membership from the world-renowned chamber orchestra the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which was itself founded by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 and is currently led by Music Director Joshua Bell. The purpose behind the formation of the Chamber Ensemble was to perform the larger scale chamber music repertoire with players who customarily worked together, instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests. Drawn from the principal players of the orchestra and play-directed by Academy Director /Leader Tomo Keller, the Chamber Ensemble now performs in multiple configurations from wind trios to string octets.
Its touring commitments are extensive and include regular tours of Europe and North America, whilst recording contracts with Philips Classics, Hyperion, and Chandos have led to the release of over thirty CDs. The Academy Chamber Ensemble’s October 2022 tour of the United States and Canada is supported by Maria Cardamone and Paul Matthews, together with the American Friends of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. The American Friends was founded in 1998 to support the work of the Academy around the world, particularly in the USA. Find out more at www.asmf.org. This concert features an all-star lineup in a program centered on Mendelssohn's masterful Octet.
“An ensemble of first-rate musicians, technically superb, generously expressive, and obviously enjoying themselves.”
– Dallas Morning News
The Academy’s work in the US is supported by Maria Cardamone and Paul Matthews together with the American Friends of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble appears by arrangement with David Rowe Artists, www.davidroweartists.com
Chandos, Philips, Hyperion recordings