Chamber Music Monterey Bay's 47th Season Features World Premiere by George Tsontakis, Beg. Tonight
The Juilliard String Quartet concert tonight, October 26th will offer up a few "firsts" for concert-goers to Chamber Music Monterey Bay's (CMMB) 47th season opener. The season marks the inaugural one for the Quartet's new violist Roger Tapping who replaces longtime violist Samuel Rhodes. Rhodes performed his farewell concert with the Quartet at July's Ravinia Festival in Illinois. Another "first" will be the West Coast premiere of Jesse Jones' commissioned work for the Juilliard: String Quartet No. 3, "Whereof man cannot speak..." Rounding out the program will be Haydn and Beethoven.
In a bit of creative programming, Rhodes will join Trio Cavatina in their inaugural appearance on CMMB's season on February 1, 2014. Rhodes' daughter, Harumi Rhodes, is the Trio's violinist. On the program will be a Beethoven piano trio, and piano quartets by Copland and Brahms.
Returning to the series by audience request are the Morgenstern Trio performing on November 15, 2013. The German trio won the 2009 Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio International Award and delighted audiences, performing with rousing passion and heartbreakingly beautiful musicality. In their return visit, the Trio will perform Ravel, Haydn, Boulanger, and Mendelssohn works.
The Catalyst Quartet takes the stage on March 14 with an eclectic program of new works by Quartet violinist Jessie Montgomery ("Strum"), plus works by Golijov, Barber, George Walker and Brahms. The members of the Quartet are alumni of the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization whose mission is to "transform lives through the power of diversity in the arts". The organization mentors talented young Black and Latino musicians to the highest levels of classical music performance.