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Familiar faces abound in Friends of Chamber Music season

Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 10:59 am

By Lawrence Budmen

The Ehnes Quartet and guests will open the Friends of Chamber Music season October 27 with music of Schubert and Schoenberg.

Friends of Chamber Music of Miami will present eight concerts during the 2014-2015 season.

Former Guarneri Quartet violist Michael Tree and cellist William De Rosa join the Ehnes Quartet at the October 27 opener for a rare South Florida performance of the original sextet version of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night). The program also includes Schubert’s “Rosamunde” Quartet in A minor.

Pianist Denis Kozhukhin, first prize winner of the 2010 Queen Elizabeth Competition, plays a recital of works by Haydn, Brahms and Prokofiev on November 18. Vienna’s Hugo Wolf Quartet plays Wolf’s Italian Serenade, Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1 (“From My Life”) and  Dvorak’s Quartet in A-flat Major on February 7.

Two chamber orchestras are featured on the series. Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Robert Spano offers a particularly interesting program on March 11. The world premiere of a Viola Concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon spotlights Curtis president Roberto Diaz and Spano’s own Holderlin Lieder features soprano Rachel Sterenberg. The program also includes symphonies by Mozart and Prokofiev.

March 22 brings Chamber Orchestra Kremlin under Misha Rachlevsky in the inevitable Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings and scores by Rossini and Prokofiev.

Other returning artists include the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio (January 11) and pianist Stephen Hough (February 24). The series concludes with the annual recital by a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, this year featuring tenor Anthony Kalil with pianist Ken Noda.

The concerts will take place at three different venues: University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall, Coral Gables Congregational Church and Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest.

miamichambermusic.org; 305-372-2975.

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