Our 61st Season
International, World-class Chamber music
Coming This Season
Friday, October 11, 2019
Fun, Mockery and Schadenfreude: J. Strauss, Ligeti, Poulenc, Beethoven, and R. Strauss
Between them, the six musicians hold passports from Romania, Germany, Slovenia, England, the United States, and Turkey. Each nationality brings an inherently different way to approach music, and Berlin Counterpoint (wind/piano sextet) takes all these influences to develop a style all its own, representative of the modern, energetic, and creative Berlin where they met. Their sparkling sound, homogeneous virtuosity, and adventurous yet thoughtful interpretations are very much owed to this meeting of different cultural and musical backgrounds… Berlin Counterpoints carefully curated and thoughtful repertoire spans from the Baroque era to contemporary music, including traditional works for wind quintet and piano, as well as members’ own arrangements and new works commissioned from young composers. The group performs in varying configurations – from duo to sextet – and is open to collaborations with guest artists. - Ariel Artists
About Berlin Counterpoint
Friday, November 1, 2019
Featured Repertoire: Macchine - Science and Music at the Time of Leonardo da Vinci: 17 - piece Program
Per their website, Lucidarium specializes in bringing little-known repertoires from the Renaissance and Middle Ages back to life in an entertaining, engaging way designed for a 21st century public. This unique combination of cutting-edge research and high energy, spontaneous performance-style has earned them kudos from the international press: “… in Ensemble Lucidarium’s interpretation, the music did not seem at all ‘historical:’ relaxed and lustfully played, it seemed as freesias on the first day.” (BLZ Basel) … “The whole group works like a perfectly-oiled machine, where everyone knows exactly what to do, changing improvisational style from piece to piece with an expertise that left the public astounded and delighted.” (Messaggero Veneto)
About the Ensemble Lucidarium
MOBIUS GUITAR TRIO
Friday, Ferbuary 21st, 2020
Featured Repertoire: Guitaristic Genre Omnipresence: Ravel, Rodrigo, Nance, Villalata, Gutierez-Bolio, Assad
Described by the Brazilian guitar legend as "the most inventive and exciting young guitar ensemble today," Mobius Trio's mission is to use the most popular, ubiquitous instrument in the world -- the guitar -- to create a new lexicon of music... The Trio exclusively performs music that they have commissioned, and they commission some of the music world's most interesting composers. They seek to expand the guitar ensemble's repertoire to encompass all of the myriad currents passing through "contemporary art music," whatever that means. Mobious Trio has commissioned over three dozen composers in their first six years of existence, and that pace isn't slowing. - Ariel Artists
About the Mobius Guitar Trio
ARCIS SAXOPHONE QUARTET
Friday, March 20th, 2020
Featured Repertoire: American Dreams - Quartet Version: Reich, Dvorák, Bernstein, Barber, Gershwin
“The Arcis Saxophon Quartet . . . made clear very quickly, that saxophones can take over the part which one is used to hearing by a string quartet . . . The quartet was bubbling over with joy in their playing and created an immense intensity, adapted their playing perfectly to the style of the piece, while staying very homogeneous in their sound.” - Goslarsche Zeitung … “No audience should ever miss out on this young ensemble with such joy in their playing—with perfect instrumental skills: If you heard them once, you will come back . . . A wild explosion of rhythm and colors . . . Their gripping musicality is what makes them outstanding and unique.” - tz München
About the Arcis Saxophone Quartet
Friday, April 3rd, 2020
European romanticism gets a Latin twist with Cuarteto Latinoamericano in a program called Mexican Romantic Quartets. These elegant pieces, many of which have never been heard outside of Mexico, showcase all the lush sounds of the late romantics with a special passion that only comes from South of the border. - General Arts Touring. “Cuarteto Latinoamericano's members are three Bitran brothers: violinists Saul and Aron and cellist Alvaro, with violist Javier Montiel. They have recorded more than 80 CDs, including nearly the entire Latin American repertoire for string quartet… They have premiered over a hundred works written for them, and they continue to introduce new and neglected composers to the genre.” - Cuarteto Latinoamericano
About the Cuarteto Latinoamericano
DELPHI PIANO TRIO
Friday, May 8th, 2020
Featured Repertoire: Before the Storm: Cowell, Ravel, Beethoven "Archduke"
“The energy was contagious and the way in which each performer communicated with the others was a veritable lesson in ensemble playing . . . Throughout the evening these three expressive musicians, who first got together as students at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, performed with confidence, precision and a masterful ability to capture the subtle expressions in a wide variety of music.” - Peninsula Reviews … “. . . Delphi captured those evocative qualities that one would associate with the best of lyric poetry.” - San Francisco Examiner
About the Delphi Piano Trio
2019 - 2020 Concert Series
Our 60th, Diamond Anniversary Season features six North American ensembles, after a successful European series in 2017-2018. The American Chamber Players (viola, cello, clarinet, violin, flute, piano) will be making their 5th appearance in Corvallis, last here in 2004-2005. The Mirari Brass Quintet (trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba) “brings a spirit of joyful collaboration and innovation to music spanning many centuries and genres.” Two trios will follow in early 2019, the Neave Trio (piano, violin, cello) and the Boreal Trio (piano, viola, clarinet), separated in time by the Delgani Quartet from Eugene on a Sunday afternoon in February. The season will conclude in late April with the Diderot Quartet; ““We're a string quartet with a historical twist: we perform on instruments set-up as they were back in the Classical and early Romantic era (gut strings instead of metal + lighter bows ….).”
The concerts will again be held Friday evenings, this season at the First Presbyterian Church, with the exception of the Delgani Quartet concert. Not only is the Delgani concert on a Sunday afternoon, it is also a FREE, bonus concert in celebration of CMC’s Diamond Anniversary.
We hope you enjoy the season!
-Robert Verhoogen, Chair, CMC Board
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