There’s a homecoming by a star guitarist.
A quartet with a burnished Old World sound.
And a wind quintet from one of the world’s most famous orchestras.
All of that is part of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s 2016-2017 season.
The eight concerts, recently announced, begin with three quartets. The Auryn Quartet, which begins the season in October, is the group with the Old World sound – a sound that will shine forth in music of Haydn, Bartok, Stravinsky and Mozart.
November brings the Miro Quartet, who have become favorites in Buffalo thanks to their stellar concerts here. Joined by violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Goldsmith, they will be performing two concerts made up completely of the music of Brahms. The Chamber Music Society partnered with UB last year for a concert, and that partnership continues with the Miro Quartet. One of their concerts will be held at Lippes Hall in Slee Hall at UB.
The Brentano Quartet, appearing in December, is a longtime favorite whose performances on the series have spanned 20 years. The group is bringing a recently commissioned piece by Stephen Hartke, balancing the new offering with music by Dvorak and Mendelssohn.
January 2017 begins with the Horszowski Trio, a youthful group the Washington Post has praised as “expert and vigorous.” They are playing Beethoven and Mendelssohn in addition to a piece by contemporary American composer Charles Wuorinen. The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, arriving in February 2017, are running the gamut from a curiosity by Mozart to a quintet by contemporary Finnish composer Kalevi Aho.
March 2017 brings the distinguished homecoming: an appearance by Jason Vieaux, the ace guitarist who grew up in the Buffalo area and is now internationally acclaimed. Vieaux has his own charm, not to mention dexterity, and his appearances here are always anticipated and memorable. His appearance on this series will be part of a varying program featuring the Escher Quartet.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center wraps up the season with a program including Mozart and Shostakovich, as well as a Bartok piece commissioned by Benny Goodman.
Subscriptions to the eight-concert series are $110 until July 1, and $120 after.
In addition to the regular series, three Sunday afternoon Gift to the Community concerts are free and feature young musicians who are making a noise in the classical music world. Israeli pianist Tomer Gewirtzman, won acclaim from the Washington Post at his debut in 2015. Baritone Samuel Hasselhorn has a degree from the prestigious Hannover Hochschule für Musik. won first prize in the 2013 International Schubert Competition. And violinist Aleksey Semenenko is said to be a fireball. The New York Times praised his “rich tone and passionate approach.”
Here is the detailed schedule. Unless otherwise noted, concerts take place on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall.
• Oct. 18: The Auryn Quartet plays Haydn’s Quartet in G major, Op.77, No.1; Bartok, Quartet No. 2; Stravinsky, Three Pieces for String Quartet; Mozart, Quartet in C, K. 465, “Dissonant.”
• Nov. 15 and 16: The Miró Quartet with Martin Beaver, violin and Clive Greensmith, cello, play all-Brahms programs, including the two string sextets. The Nov. 16 concert is at 7:30 p.m. at Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall.
• Dec. 13: The Brentano Quartet performs Dvorák, String Quartet No. 11 in C, Op.61; Mendelssohn, Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44, No. 2; and a new work composed for the Brentano Quartet by Stephen Hartke.
• Jan. 17, 2017: The Horszowski Trio plays Beethoven’s Trio in E flat, Op. 70, No. 2 and Mendelssohn’s Trio No. 2 in C, Op. 66, as well as a trio by Charles Wuorinen.
• Feb. 14, 2017: The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet plays an arrangement by Michael Hasel of Mozart’s Fantasy in F minor for clockwork organ, K. 594; Kalevi Aho’s Quintet No. 2; Darius Milhaud’s “La cheminée du roi René”; and Nielsen’s Quintet for Winds, Op. 43.
• March 21, 2017: The Escher Quartet performs Haydn’s Quartet in E flat, Op. 76, No. 6; Britten’s Quartet No. 2 in C, Op. 36. Guitarist Jason Vieaux is featured in Boccherini’s Guitar Quintet in D, “Fandango”; as well as music by Francisco Tarrega, Fernando Bustamante, and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
• April 25, 2017: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performs Bartok’s “Contrasts” for Violin, Clarinet and Piano; Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No.2 in E minor, Op. 67; and Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A, K. 581.
Gift to the Community concerts
These three concerts take place at 3 p.m. They are free and tickets are not needed. Programs are not yet determined.
• Oct. 30: Tomer Gewirtzman, piano.
• Jan. 29, 2017: Samuel Hasselhorn, baritone.
• March 12, 2017: Aleksey Semenenko, violin.
For information, visit bflochambermusic.org, or call 462-4939.