The 2013 - 2014 Season

The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem is proud to announce its 2013-2014 Season. There will be five concerts in Bethlehem, one in Allentown, and one in Center Valley. The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem has been bringing world class ensembles to the Lehigh Valley since 1951. Sign up for email announcements of upcoming events and last minute changes.

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2013 - 2014 Season

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The 2013-2014 Season

7:30 PM Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at Foy Borromeo String Quartet
  • Beethoven String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135
  • Auerbach String Quartet No. 8 - (Second Performance of the work)
  • Dvořák String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 51
3:00 PM Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at Muhlenberg Peabody Trio
  • Beethoven Piano Trio No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 1
  • Hersant Variations sur “la Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviѐve-du Mont” de Marin Marais
  • Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major, D. 929
7:30 PM Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at Foy Modigliani String Quartet
  • Haydn String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1, H. III:75
  • Dohnányi String Quartet No. 3 in A minor, Op. 33
  • Debussy String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
7:30 PM Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at Foy Cuarteto Quiroga
  • Haydn String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2, H. III:32
  • Mozart String Quartet No. 18 in A Major, K. 464
  • Brahms String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2
7:30 PM Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at Foy Daedalus Quartet
  • Purcell Three Fantasias
  • Britten String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25
  • Beethoven String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 & Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
7:30 PM Friday, Apr 25, 2014 at Faith UCC Gryphon Trio
  • Haydn Piano Trio in C Major, H. XV:27
  • Dvořák Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, “ Dumky,” Op. 90
  • Ravel Piano Trio in A minor
7:30 PM Friday, May 16, 2014 at Faith UCC Walden Chamber Players
  • Bach & Mozart Two Preludes & Fugues for String Trio, K. 404a
  • Hindemith Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello & Piano
  • Schumann Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales) Op. 132 for Clarinet, Viola & Piano
  • Brahms Trio for Horn, Violin & Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 40

Please note that for the 2013-2014 season, five of the seven concerts will be in Foy Hall, Moravian College in historic Bethlehem. One will be at the Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion, Muhlenberg College, Allentown. One will be at Faith UCC in Center Valley. One of the concerts will be at 3 PM on a Sunday and the other six will be at 7:30 PM on Fridays.

You are invited to attend a reception after every performance, where you may mingle with the artists and fellow concert-goers.

Previous Seasons

Borromeo String Quartet

The Boston-based, world-renowned Borromeo String Quartet returns to Bethlehem and its loyal Chamber Music Society audience for the fifth time in the ensemble’s nearly 25-year history, but there will be no resting on laurels for this cutting-edge quartet. “No other major chamber music group,” according to the New York Times’ Dan Wakin, has “embraced [digital innovation] in their daily musical lives” like the Borromeo, which employs Macbook Pro laptops, video projection, and iPads in many of its performances and regularly in its school presentations to young members of the wired generation. Resident at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Taos School of Music summer program, and for a season on National Public Radio, where it is still broadcast regularly, and recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award, and top prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France, the Borromeo remains fresh and deliciously unpredictable in their approach to the chamber music literature. David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer noted the “blended sheen of sound” at a November 2012 appearance. The Chicago Tribune applauded their “searching musical insights,” and The San Diego Reader described “a musical experience of luminous beauty.” The ensemble’s hometown newspaper The Boston Globe stated with pride, “We are lucky to be here to hear it.” The Lehigh Valley, happily, shares in that luck.

Peabody Trio

It should not be surprising that the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem has scheduled the Peabody Trio for a fourth series appearance in the Lehigh Valley. Musically, our audiences have thrilled to the group’s “beautifully polished, lush sound” (New York Times), “edge-of-the-seat excitement” (Washington Post), and “incandescent playing of great verve and sensitivity” (Los Angeles Times). The Trio has been the resident faculty ensemble (since 1989) of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and enjoys its summer home at the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival in Putney, Vermont, where it is Ensemble-in-Residence. Collaborations, outreach, and special projects are central to the Peabody’s modus operandi. Of particular interest to Valley theatre goers as well as chamber music lovers might be the group’s collaborative projects—with Walter van Dyck and Elizabeth Mansfield—in chamber music theater. For example, Harold Meltzer’s Sinbad (2005), for piano trio and actor, based on a short story by Donald Barthelme, was commissioned through the Commissioning Music/USA program of Meet the Composer. Winning the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1989 led to the Peabody Trio’s first commissioned work, which has been followed by nine other pieces specially composed for the ensemble. The group has championed new music without, however, failing to regale its audiences with fresh interpretations of classical works. In its third decade, the Trio is recording the complete piano trios of Beethoven. The first release in this series was hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “bold, flexible and vibrant.” Old or new, the sound of the Peabody Trio is, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, an experience of “shimmering beauty.”

Midigliani Quartet

“Youth” is the keyword for the Modigliani Quartet, formed by four friends studying in Paris in 2003. Don’t look for the plot of La Bohème in their story, however, because the group’s success during the last decade has been phenomenal, including appearances at many of the great venues in Europe, the United States, and Asia. Their latest award-winning CD (2012) re-emphasized the ensemble’s continuing youthful perspective by recording quartets composed by Mozart, Schubert, and Arriaga in their very early years. This youthful fervor is channeled through four very old and beautiful stringed instruments lovingly crafted in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italy: violins made in 1780 by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini and in 1734 by Allesandro Gagliano, Luigi Mariani’s 1660 viola, and a 1706 cello made by Matteo Goffriller. With these instruments, the Modigliani Quartet has enchanted audiences throughout the world with playing variously characterized by critics as “awesome individual and communal brilliance” (The Strad), “animated zest and an underlying tension” (The New York Times), and “unforgettable flame” (Le Monde de la Musique). Winners of several international competitions, including the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York in 2006, the ensemble was nominated in 2011-12 as ECHO Rising Stars, reinforcing an earlier 2007 prediction by the Washington Post that “With its immense musical gifts, this foursome has the potential to someday reach the top echelon.” Chamber music aficionados of the Lehigh Valley will have an opportunity to judge how far these young men have progressed towards realizing this promise.

Cuarteto Quiroga

The Cuarteto Quiroga has established itself as one of the most dynamic and unique quartets of its generation. The quartet has won international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for its distinctive personality as well as its bold and original approach to the string quartet repertoire. The group takes its name from the Galician violinist Manuel Quiroga, one of the most outstanding string players in Spanish music history. Prizewinners of several major international string quartet competitions (Bordeaux, Paolo Borciani, Genѐve, Beijng, Fnapec-Paris, and Palau Barcelona), the ensemble regularly appears at prestigious halls, including Wigmore Hall (London), Philarmonie Berlin, Les Invalides Paris, Auditori Nacional Madrid, and Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as well as participating in festivals throughout Europe and South America. In 2007, the Cuarteto Quiroga was awarded the Spanish National Radio Culture Prize (Premio Ojo Critico). During the 2011-2012 Season the quartet was the Ensemble–in-Residence at the Miguel Delibes Auditorium in Valladolid, Spain, taking over for the Jerusalem String Quartet. Their 2012 highlights included their successful U.S. debut with concerts in New York and Washington, D.C., their return to Wigmore Hall as well as a residency at the Orlando Festival in Holland. A January 17th, 2012 review by The New York Times described their performance as “Exquisite: precise, perfectly balanced, interpretively fresh, couched in consistently warm hues.”

Daedalus Quartet

Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American String Quartet,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. In the eleven years of its existence, the Daedalus has received plaudits from critics and listeners alike for the security, technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances. The New York Times has praised the Daedalus Quartet’s “insightful and vibrant” Haydn, the “impressive intensity” of their Beethoven, the “luminous” Berg, and the “riveting focus” of their Dutilleux. The Washington Post, in turn, has acclaimed their performance of Mendelssohn for its “rockets of blistering virtuosity” while the Houston Chronicle has described the “magic that hushed the audience” when they played Ravel. Among the highlights of the Daedalus Quartet’s recent seasons were performances at the Bravo! Vail Festival, the Bard Music Festival, the Mt. Desert Chamber Music Festival, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. In 2007 the Quartet was awarded Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award; that same year, they won Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Award. They have been Quartet-in-Residence at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania since 2005 and 2006, respectively.

Gryphon Trio

Having impressed international audiences and the press with their highly refined, dynamic performances, the Gryphon Trio has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. “The Gryphon Trio is one of the best ensembles in the world, consistently making music of rare excellence!” (The Globe and Mail, Toronto) Pushing the boundaries of chamber music, the Trio has commissioned and premiered over seventy-five new works from established and emerging composers around the world and has collaborated on special projects with jazz luminaries at Lula Lounge, Toronto’s leading venue for jazz and world music. The Ensemble-in-Residence at Music Toronto for ten years, the Gryphon Trio tours extensively throughout North America and Europe. The Trio’s fifteen celebrated recording are an encyclopedia of works by Haydn, Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Lalo, Shostakovich and Piazzolla. Their most recent recording of piano trios by Beethoven was acknowledged with a 2011 Juno Award from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the Best Classical Album – Solo and Chamber Music category. Deeply committed to the education of the next generations of audiences and performers alike, the Gryphons generously conduct master classes and workshops at universities and conservatories across North America, and are Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music and Trinity College.

Walden Chamber Players

Boston-based Walden Chamber Players, founded in 1997, is comprised of twelve dynamic artists in various combinations of string, piano, and wind ensembles, making possible great versatility in programming, which is their hallmark. Critics have hailed its performances from Bach to Schoenberg and the success of its performances, recordings, and educational curricula has earned it a place as one of the most sought-after chamber music ensembles in the United States. Members of the Walden Chamber Players also have distinguished careers as solo performers at leading festivals throughout the country and abroad. Additionally, they are lecturers and serve on the faculty at some of the premier music teaching institutions, such as the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston University, the Longy School of Music, and the Boston Conservatory. They believe strongly in presenting unique educational curricula in a format that highlights the idea that music is the human experience translated into sound. Walden presents a new concept of a classical concert both in content and presentation. Drawing from a rich palette of sources and styles, it mixes and matches the works of both classical and contemporary composers with an eye to new understandings and discoveries. The ensemble is recognized for its strong advocacy of new music and its ongoing commitment to commissioning, performing and recording music by such composers as Augusta Reed Thomas, Alvin Singleton, Pierre Jalbert, Stephen Paulus, among others.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency administering an annual state appropriation for grants to the arts and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem
P. O. Box 4336 Bethlehem, PA 18018-0336
phone: 610-435-7611