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Miró Quartet plays with Julie Landsman March 29

March 1, 2011

Quartets by Haydn and Brahms, plus Gunther Schuller’s Horn Quintet

“Explosive vigor and technical finesse.”
– New York Times

The Chamber Music Society at Yale presents the Miró String Quartet on Tuesday, March 29 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The quartet, which has earned praise for both its “understated wisdom” (New York Magazine) and its “full-blooded, freely rhapsodic approach” (Washington Post), will open its program with two string quartets: Joseph Haydn’s Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 33, No. 2, nicknamed “The Joke,” and the Quartet No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 51, No. 1 of Johannes Brahms.

French hornist Julie Landsman, who is the principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, will join the Miró Quartet for Gunther Schuller’s Quintet for horn and strings. The Quintet was written in 2009 and was premiered by Landsman and the Miró Quartet at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival that year.

Schuller taught composition at the Yale School of Music as well as many other institutions. He himself played horn, becoming principal horn of the Cincinnati Symphony at the youthful age of seventeen and joining the orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera two years later.

Tickets to this concert are $20 to $30, $10 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Performers

The Miró Quartet, one of America’s highest‐profile chamber groups, enjoys its place at the top of the international chamber music scene garnering praise from audiences and critics alike. Founded in 1995 at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Miró Quartet met with immediate success winning first prizes at the Coleman, Fischoff, and Banff competitions as well as the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award. The Miró Quartet was also a recipient of the Cleveland Quartet Award and was the first ensemble ever to be awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Regularly invited to perform at the world’s most celebrated concert halls, the Miró Quartet has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic’s Kammermusiksaal, and Amersterdam’s Concertgebouw, among many others. A favorite of summer music festivals, the Quartet has frequently appeared at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. The Miró Quartet is currently the Faculty String Quartet‐in‐Residence at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.

Julie Landsman has been principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1985. Previously, she was co-principal horn of the Houston Symphony and principal horn of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. While a freelance musician in the New York area, Ms. Landsman appeared regularly with the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus. Among her numerous recording credits are performances with the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus, as well as numerous symphonic and operatic recordings with the MET. Ms. Landsman has participated in the Marlboro Music School, Sarasota Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, and the faculty of the Aspen Music School. She has been a soloist with the Houston Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, Sarasota Festival Orchestra, and the Santa Fe Festival Chamber Ensemble. A faculty member of the Julliard School since 1989, she has also taught at the University of Houston, Rice University, Purchase College, and Brooklyn College. Julie Landsman is a graduate of Julliard, where she was a student of James Chambers. She was a recipient of a Naumburg Scholarship.