Chamber series views 'International Horizons'

  • Sep 7, 2011
From Berlin to Salzburg, from Paris to the American shores, artists in the ChamberMusic@Beall series journey from around the world to perform in the refined acoustics of Beall Concert Hall. While the concerts offer a wide range of instrumentation and repertoire, the excellence of these extraordinary artists never varies. A joint presentation of the Oregon Bach Festival and the UO School of Music and Dance, the six-concert series takes place October 23-March 4. Firmly rooted in one of the great classical music traditions, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (October 23) will astonish you with their range of expression and tonal colors, performed with a near-perfect unity. Reflecting its fluency with the entire spectrum of the wind quintet literature, its Eugene program includes Mozart and modern classics by Barber, Ligeti, and Carl Nielsen. Early-music spellbinders REBEL (November 13) scored a standing-ovation hit in our 2009 series. They return with star tenor Rufus Müller for a concert entitled Out of the Eclipse: Music of Transformation and Revelation. It includes dramatic arias, cantatas and instrumental works by Handel, Telemann, and Purcell. Found playing children’s songs on piano while not yet a toddler, the amazing prodigy Conrad Tao (December 4) made his concerto debut with the Utah Chamber Music Festival at age 8. Now 17, he is in demand as a composer, violinist, and pianist, and was recently honored with the prestigious Gilmore Award. He’ll perform Bach, Liszt, Stravinsky, Beethoven, and three of his own piano pieces. During its formative stages the Cypress String Quartet (January 22, 2012) created a signature sound through intense readings of J.S. Bach’s chorales. Now described as “beautifully proportioned and powerful” by The Washington Post, its sound is clear, transparent, and elegant, which you’ll hear in quartets by Haydn and Beethoven. Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu joins the Cypress for the Brahms Quintet in F. The Salzburg Chamber Soloists (February 5) form a 16-piece orchestra yet play with the emotional power of soloist. Under the leadership of dynamic violinist  Lavard Skou-Larsen, the soloists are a rare and wonderful performance treat, here offering Mozart, Dvorak, and Janacek. Soprano Karine Polverelli of France joins the group for Britten’s Les Illuminations, a setting of poems by Arthur Rimbaud. The Paris-based virtuosos of the Ebene Quartet (March 4, 5 pm start time) are just as likely to earn raves with their performances of American jazz as they are with Debussy and Ravel. These BBC New Generation artists infuse a fresh approach to familiar repertoire such as this program’s works by Mozart, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky. Each concert takes place Sunday at 3 pm (Ebene Quartet at 5 pm) in Beall Concert Hall at the UO School of Music and Dance, and is preceded by a “Musical Insights” introductory lecture. Tickets are available through the Hult Center or University of Oregon ticket offices, by phone, in person, or online. Each concert also participates in the area's $10 College Tix program.