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Chamber Music Tuesday with the Miró Quartet
One of America's most celebrated string quartets is back to perform alongside SFCM students and faculty on Chamber Music Tuesday. Powerhouse works by Beethoven and Brahms bookend this program, along with an intriguing new work by Caroline Shaw titled "Microfictions [Vol. 1]", a piece inspired in part by the surrealist art of Joan Miró and the short science fiction of T.R. Darling.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Quartet in Eb Major, Op. 16
I. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante cantabile
III. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo
William Fedkenheuer**, violin
Pei-Ling Lin*, viola
Kyle Stachnik, cello
Helen Wu, piano
Caroline Shaw: Excerpts from Microfictions [Vol. 1] (2021)
Daniel Ching** and William Fedkenheuer**, violins
John Largess**, viola
Joshua Gindele**, cello
Johannes Brahms: String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzo – Allegro non troppo – Presto giocoso
IV. Poco allegro
Daniel Ching** and Suni Norman, violins
John Largess** and Sohui Yun, violas
Constantin Janello and Joshua Gindele**, cellos
The Miró Quartet is one of America’s most celebrated string quartets, having performed throughout the world on the most prestigious concert stages. For twenty-five years the Miró has performed a wide range of repertoire that pays homage to the legacy of the string quartet while looking forward to the future of chamber music by commissioning new works and collaborating with some of today’s most important artists. Based in Austin, TX, and thriving on the area’s storied music scene, the Miró takes pride in finding new ways to communicate with audiences of all backgrounds. Committed to music education, members of the Quartet have given master classes at universities and conservatories throughout the world; and since 2003, has served as quartet-in-residence at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin.
Formed in 1995, the Miró Quartet has been awarded first prize at several competitions including the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Naumburg Chamber Music Competition; and in 2005, became the first ensemble ever to be awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. The Miró is quartet-in-residence at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR and Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival in Washington State. The Miró Quartet took its name and its inspiration from the Spanish artist Joan Miró, whose Surrealist works — with subject matter drawn from the realm of memory, dreams, and imaginative fantasy — are some of the most groundbreaking, influential, and admired of the 20th century.
Departments and Faculty Involved with This Event
String and Piano Chamber
About SFCM’s String and Piano Chamber Music Department
The String and Piano Chamber Music degree and diploma programs are a year-round focus on chamber music, providing the same atmosphere of a summer festival. Performance opportunities are wide-ranging through workshops, masterclasses, and concerts for the public—all while playing regularly with acclaimed industry professionals and faculty. SFCM created the nation’s first graduate String and Piano Chamber Music program and the musical excellence continues to this day.
The String and Piano Chamber Music program is one of SFCM’s most selective. Intentionally small, the program allows for several talented individuals each year, meaning that students in the program enjoy unrivaled access to learn from and perform with top faculty and accomplished guest artists.
Chamber Music Students will experience high profile performance opportunities through SFCM’s unique Chamber Music Residency Series, giving members of the program the opportunity to intensely and perform closely with exciting and world renowned chamber musicians. Recent artists-in-residence include Marcy Rosen, Tessa Lark, Donald and Vivian Weilerstein, and the Miro Quartet.
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