2012-13 Accordo Season Begins with AN EVENING IN AUSTRIA-HUNGARY Tonight, 10/15


The Schubert Club, Northrop Concerts and Lectures, and Kate Nordstrum Projects present Accordo's fourth season at the architecturally significant Christ Church Lutheran in Minneapolis. Accordo's new season will open tonight, October 15 with works by Haydn, Bartók, Dohnányi and Mozart, selected by members of the ensemble.

"Following the success of last season's performances in the stunning setting of Christ Church Lutheran, we are looking forward to four new programs featuring the wonderfully talented members of Accordo," said The Schubert Club President Barry Kempton on behalf of the presenting partners. "First up, music by some of Austria and Hungary's best-loved composers played with the kind of energy and commitment we have come to expect in all Accordo concerts. New staging this season should ensure that everyone can see as well as hear the ensemble clearly."

To Accordo violinist Ruggero Allifranchini, Mozart's Viola Quintet in C Major will be the highlight of the season opener. "It is among the very greatest of Mozart's chamber music masterpieces. The first movement celebrates instantly the 'five-ness' of the quintet with an idea that progresses in five-bar periods, keeping to this pattern for quite a while. This not only creates a wonderful, persistent asymmetry, but commits the entire work to surprising and irregular phrase lengths," he explained. "Incredibly, in the year 1787 Mozart also wrote the G Minor Quintet and the opera Don Giovanni. I like the quote from Andre' Gide: 'Of all musicians Mozart is the one from whom our epoch has taken us farthest away; he speaks only in a whisper, and the public has ceased to hear anything but shouts'."

Accordo, established in 2009, is a Minnesota-based chamber group made up of some of the very best instrumentalists in the country, eager to share their love of classical and contemporary chamber music in intimate and unique performance spaces. Its fourth season (2012-13) will be presented by The Schubert Club, Northrop Concerts and Lectures, and Kate Nordstrum Projects at the National Historic Landmark Christ Church Lutheran, one of the Twin Cities' great architectural treasures designed by the esteemed architect Eliel Saarinen and his son Eero Saarinen.