Oct 22, 2019 The Queen's Six
Based at Windsor Castle, the singers of The Queen’s Six are also members of St George's Chapel Choir that performs weekly and sings at private and state occasions, often before the Royal Family. The Queen’s Six repertoire extends from austere early chant, florid Renaissance polyphony, lewd madrigals and haunting folk songs to upbeat Jazz and Pop arrangements. For the first time ever, this outstanding a capella group brings their unique style of entertainment to Texas in the Friends of Chamber Music series.
“Refreshingly different . . . An intimacy born of long acquaintance with one another’s voices, and countless man-hours spent singing together...” BBC Music Magazine
Nov 19, 2019 Daniel Hsu
One of the finest pianists of his generation, Daniel Hsu is internationally recognized for his easy virtuosity and bold musicianship. He captured the bronze medal and prizes for best performance of both the commissioned work and chamber music at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Now 22 years old, Daniel graduated from Curtis in spring 2019. Recent and upcoming highlights include his debuts with the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, and Jacksonville Symphony; chamber tours with Curtis-on-Tour (Europe) and the Verona Quartet (United States); and recitals across the United States and Japan.
A “poet…[with] an expressive edge to his playing that charms, questions, and coaxes.” Philadelphia Inquirer
Jan 23, 2020 The Italian Saxophone Quartet
Now nearing the thirty-year mark as a group, the Italian Saxophone Quartet has played in more than 500 concerts in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Japan, USA, Sweden, Lebanon, Bermuda, and Russia. The quartet's performances have been recorded and broadcast in Europe, Japan, and the United States. Their programs span the globe and musical styles, demonstrating the ensemble’s unique showmanship, exquisite taste, and impeccable timing.
“As close to a religious experience as you could get without being in church.” L. A. Observed
Feb 25, 2020 The Calidore String Quartet
A recipient of many prestigious awards, grants, and fellowships, the Calidore String Quartet made international headlines in 2016 as winner of the $100,000 Grand-Prize of the M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition. In the 2019-2020 season, the quartet celebrates its 10th birthday and the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth by presenting cycles of the Beethoven’s String Quartets in major concert halls throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
“Four more individual musicians are unimaginable, yet these speak, breathe, think and feel as one.” The Washington Post
Apr 21, 2020 Sérgio Assad and Clarice Assad
Clarice Assad, a GRAMMY-nominated vocalist, composer, and pianist, and her father, one of the most important classical guitarists, Sérgio Assad of the legendary Assad Brothers, present Brazilian jazz vocals, samba, jazz piano and guitar.
"Magical . . . spellbinding, an exquisite blend of jazz, choro, bossa nova and classical . . . an ‘homage’ to the musical legacy of their family.” www.ukvibe.org