The Buffalo Chamber Music Society is almost 100 years old, but it is still vibrant and creative.
Its 2017-2018 season puts the classics front and center. But it presents the music in new contexts. The Danish String Quartet, performing in spring 2018, is giving a concert with a hunting theme -- Haydn's quartet nicknamed "La Chasse," or "The Hunt"; followed by Mozart's famous "Hunt" Quartet, and finally a "Hunt" Quartet by a contemporary composer, Jorg Widmann.
The Gryphon Trio, a piano trio from the University of Toronto, is giving two concerts, one at the University at Buffalo. Both concerts juxtapose two Beethoven quartets with a quartet by Dmitri Shostakovich. The first of the two concerts features Beethoven's sublime "Archduke" Trio, which promises to be a highlight of the season.
If you missed the Dover Quartet's performances in this season's Slee Beethoven Quartet Cycle, all is not lost. The dynamic young quartet is returning to Buffalo on the Chamber Music Society's series in December to play Tchaikovsky, Bartok and modern composer Richard Danielpour.
The season opens with a performance by the renowned Takacs Quartet. The Diaz Trio, visiting next, is playing a Mozart trio that is one of the greatest pieces for string trio ever written. The Calidore String Quartet is playing a concert beginning with Haydn's exquisite "Lark" Quartet. And the musicians of the Doric String Quartet, hailed as the leading quartet of Great Britain, are going to fly like eagles and play Beethoven's daring "Great Fugue."
Excitement carries over to three free concerts, called Gift to the Community concerts, which spotlight emerging artists.
The first up-and-comer to perform on this Sunday series is the Zora String Quartet, currently in residence at the Curtis Institute. Next up is promising pianist Remi Geniet, of whom Jed Distler of Classics Today wrote, "This kid's got it!" Xavier Foley gives the final free concert. He is only the second double-bass player in history to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, a prestigious annual contest.
Here is the season schedule. Single tickets are $25. Subscriptions are $110 ($120 after July 1) and includes the Gryphon Trio's March 14 concert at UB. All other concerts take place in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. For tickets or info, visit bflochambermusic.org or call 462-4939.
Oct. 10: The Takacs Quartet plays Haydn's String Quartet in D minor, Op 76, No. 2; Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 122; and Brahms' String Quartet in B flat, Op. 67.
Nov. 14: The Diaz Trio plays Beethoven's String Trio in E flat, Op. 3 and Mozart's Divertimento in E flat, K. 563.
Dec. 12: The Dover Quartet plays Richard Danielpour's Four Miniatures for String Quartet; Tchaikovsky's Quartet No. 1 in D, Op. 11; and Bartok's Quartet No. 21, Op. 7.
Jan. 16, 2018: The Calidore String Quartet plays Haydn's String Quartet in D, Op. 64, No. 5, "the Lark"; Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 9 in E Flat, Op. 111; and Mendelssohn's String Quartet in D, Op. 44, No. 1.
Feb. 13: The Doric String Quartet plays one of Haydn's String Quartets Op. 64; The Four Quarters of British composer Thomas Ades; and Beethoven's Quartet in B flat, Op. 130, along with the Grosse Fuge (Great Fugue), Op. 133.
March 13 and 14: The Gryphon Trio plays two concerts, presented in collaboration with UB. The first concert comprises Beethoven's Piano Trio in E Flat, Op. 1, No. 1; Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67; and Beethoven's Piano Trio in B flat, Op. 97, the "Archduke." The second concert takes place at Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on UB's North Campus. It features Beethoven's Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3; Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 8; and Beethoven's Piano Trio in E flat, Op. 70, No. 2.
April 10: 2018: The Danish String Quartet plays Haydn's String Quartet in B flat, Op. 1, No. 1, "La Chasse"; Mozart's String Quartet in B flat, K. 458, the "Hunt"; and the "Jagdquartett" by German composer Jorg Widmann.
Gift to the Community concerts
These concerts are free and tickets are not needed.
Oct. 15: The Zora String Quartet.
Feb. 18: Pianist Remi Geniet.
March 25: Double-bass virtuoso Xavier Foley.