Music of the Masters Preview - Schubert’s Trout quintet, Brahms, and Mozart in Rembrandt Chamber Musicians’ April program

Schubert’s beloved Trout piano quintet will be the highlight of Rembrandt Chamber Musicians’ April program as the ensemble continues its 27th season. Music of the Masters will also offer masterworks by Brahms and Mozart, and a special performance by the winners of Rembrandt’s 2017 High School Chamber Music Competition. April 2 (Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston) and April 3 (St. James Cathedral, 65 E Huron St., Chicago).

 

Master's Postcard

Music of the Masters features works by some of classical music’s most popular composers. Virtuoso oboe will hold court in Mozart’s delightful Oboe Quartet in F major, K. 370. Brahms’ somber, introspective Trio in A minor, Op. 114, originally composed for clarinet, will give the spotlight to the viola in an arrangement for viola, cello, and piano. The program will end with Schubert’s beloved Trout Quintet, with its unique instrumentation, dazzling solos, and jovial melodies.

 

Guest violist Lawrence Neuman will perform with ensemble members Robert Morgan, oboe; John Macfarlane, violin; Carol Cook, viola; Calum Cook, cello; Collins Trier, double bass; and Jeannie Yu, piano.

  

Rembrandt Chamber Musicians Left to right: Calum Cook, cello; Robert Morgan, oboe; Sandra Morgan, flute; Collins Trier, bass; Jeannie Yu, piano; John Macfarlane, violin; Carol Cook, viola Photo by Michael Brosilow

Making a special appearance will be the winners of Rembrandt’s 22nd Annual High School Chamber Music Competition, providing a thrilling encore performance of their winning pieces.   

 

First-place winner, the Vieira String Quartet (video), comprising violinists Maya Anjali Buchanan and Karisa Chiu, violist Steven Song, and cellist Nathan Mo, will perform the fifth movement of Béla Bartók’s String Quartet No. 4 at Nichols Hall in Evanston. All ensemble members hold Fellow scholarships at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy and, as solo musicians, have won local, regional, national, and international awards and performed on NPR’s From the Top.

 

Viera Quartet

 

 

Second-place winner, the Cerulean Quartet (video), comprising violinists Cristina Ciubancan and Vincent Wong, violist Margaret Mary O’Malley, and cellist Alex Levinson, will perform a high-intensity rendition of the final movement of Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major at St. James Cathedral in Chicago. All are members of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and both Ciubancan and O’Malley have won numerous concerto competitions in the Midwest and beyond.

  

Cerulean Quartet

 

Founded in 1995, the Rembrandt Chamber Musicians Annual High School Chamber Music Competition is widely regarded as one of the premier competitions of its kind in the Midwest, drawing participants from the Music Institute of Chicago, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Midwest Young Artists, Merit School of Music, and a variety of public and private schools. Competition winners have gone on to prestigious careers in music, including positions in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and San Diego symphony orchestras, as well as the New York Philharmonic.

 

Coming up May 19/21 - Sebastian Huydts world premiere

In the season’s final program on May 19/21, 2017, Rembrandt will present Darius Milhaud’s The Dreams of Jacob, an imaginative setting of the Biblical Jacob and his fantastic dreams. This will be followed by Beethoven’s classic String Trio in C minor, op. 9, no. 3; a witty sonata by Poulenc; and the world premiere of a new work by Chicago-based composer Sebastian Huydts that is inspired by Symbolist poetry.

The May 21 performance will mark Rembrandt’s first in Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall in downtown Chicago.

 

Tickets are $38/general and $10/students, available at the Rembrandtchambermusicians website or by phone at  (872) 395-1754. For more information, contact [email protected]

Rembrandt Chamber Musicians (formerly Rembrandt Chamber Players)

Classic. Engaging. Adventurous. Founded in 1990, Rembrandt Chamber Musicians is a Chicago-based ensemble featuring principal members of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and Chicago Philharmonic. Rembrandt perpetuates classical chamber music as an accessible, engaging, and deeply personal living art form by presenting world-class performances of well-known masterworks and hidden gems from the Baroque period to the present; collaborating with renowned guest artists; commissioning living composers to create new musical works; and supporting young musicians through an annual high school chamber music competition and educational outreach initiatives. For more information, visit the

Rembrandtchambermusicians website

 

Photos: Courtesy of the Rembrandt Chamber Players unless otherwise noted.

 

 

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