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Oneppo Chamber Music Series announces 2013–14 season

Season includes the Artis, Brentano, Emerson, Hagen, Miró, and Takács String Quartets
June 12, 2013

Brentano String Quartet

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the 2013–2014 season of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, which will bring several of the world’s foremost ensembles to the Yale stage. Virtually every important chamber music ensemble has graced Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall over the years, and the upcoming lineup is no exception. David Shifrin is the series’ artistic director.

First to take the stage on October 15, 2013, will be the Takács String Quartet performing music by Beethoven, Janácek, and Smetana.The Guardian lauded the Hungarian ensemble as, “matchless, their supreme artistry manifest at every level…The most familiar music takes on a new purity and significance.”

Next, on November 5, 2013, will be David Finckel, Wu Han, and Philip Setzer. According to Mercury News, “Pianist Wu Han, violinist Philip Setzer and cellist David Finckel gave their sold-out audience an exuberant, eddying account…grabbing listeners, as it were, by the throats.” The three will perform piano trios by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Dvorák.

Also in November will follow the Hagen String Quartet, fresh off the heels of a highly successful and internationally celebrated 30th season that brought the group to the most prominent musical epicenters of the world, including New York, Tokyo, Paris, London, Vienna, and Salzburg. Fonoforum praised Hagen as a “world-class ensemble…The richness of colours and emotions is spellbinding.” The performance will be on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

Standing unparalleled in the history of string quartets for their contributions to classical music over three decades, the Emerson String Quartet has released over thirty acclaimed recording since 1987 and received nine Grammy® Awards (including two for Best Classical Album, an unprecedented honor for a chamber music ensemble). On December 10, 2013, the “superb ensemble: technically resourceful, musically insightful, cohesive, full of character and always interesting” (New York Times) will grace the Yale stage.

The 2014 year will begin with the Artis String Quartet on February 18, 2014. The Asahi Evening News claims “these four are the real thing,” and Kurier says, “Performances proved the Artis to be top class.” The Vienna based quartet is one of the only worldwide that performs standing.

On March 25, 2014, the Miró String Quartet, America’s highest-profile chamber group, will present an exciting evening of chamber music. The Calgary Herald remarked, “The quartet delved deep into the beauty and mystery of this great music, showing not only technical refinement in execution but a maturity of interpretation born of serious purpose and striking imagination.”

April 8, 2014 will bring a “passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding group” (London Independent) presenting “wonderful, selfness music-making” (The Times of London): the Brentano String Quartet.

Finally, the season will culminate on May 6, 2014, with a performance featuring the winning performances by Yale School of Music students selected in the annual chamber music competition. The show is a preview of best and brightest Yale musicians that are sure to permanently change the chamber music scene.

Single tickets and sampler packages for the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, directed by David Shifrin, go on sale August 1. Performances are Tuesdays at 8:00 pm. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.