GALA – 5PM, May 26, 2018: Brentano Quartet & Todd Palmer, Clarinet

A three-time Grammy nominated artist, clarinetist Todd Palmer has appeared as soloist, recitalist, chamber music collaborator, educator, arranger, and presenter in a variety of musical endeavors around the world. He’s collaborated with many of the world’s best string ensembles; he has held principle clarinet positions in the Minnesota Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Gotham Chamber Opera and the Grand Teton Festival; and he’s participated in numerous music festivals in the US and abroad. Recently he appeared as soloist in Robert Lepage’s staging of Stravinsky’s The Nightingale and Other Fables at BAM — dressed as a Cossack – and performed the Mozart clarinet concerto as a part of Great Performers at Lincoln Center’s What Makes It Great series.

The Brentano Quartet was formed in 1992, and within a few years garnered the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, as well as the Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut in the U.K. “Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” raves The London Independent. The New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism.” The Philadelphia Inquirer praises its “seemingly infallible in- stincts for nding the center of gravity in every phrase and musical gesture.” And The Times (London) opines, “the Brentanos are a magni cent string quartet...This was wonderful, selfless music-making.”

The Quartet is the Resident String Quartet at the Yale School of Music, succeeding the Tokyo Quartet in that position. The Quartet is named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” the intended recipient of his famous love confession.

Violinist Serena Canin was born into a family of professional musicians in New York City. She has degrees from Swarthmore College and the Juilliard School, and holds teaching positions at Princeton University and New York University, and has taught chamber music to young musicians at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, pianist Thomas Sauer.

Violist Misha Amory has been active as a soloist, winning the Naumburg Viola Award, and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. He holds degrees from Yale University and the Juilliard School, and he serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School in New York City and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.

Cellist Nina Lee, has collaborated with many international artists such as Felix Galimir, Jaime Laredo, David Soyer, Nobuko Imai, Isidore Cohen and Mitsuko Uchida. She is the recipient of a Music Certificate from the Curtis Institute of Music, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music from the Juilliard School. teaches at Princeton University and Columbia University.

Violinist Mark Steinberg has been heard in chamber music festivals in the United States, Holland, Germany, Austria, and France as well as the Marlboro Music Festival, with which he has toured extensively. He holds degrees from Indiana University and The Juilliard School. He is currently on the violin faculty of the Mannes College of Music.

PROGRAM

Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613):   Three Madrigals

Matthew Aucoin (1990-  ):    "Soft Power"

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791):   K.428

INTERMISSION

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897):   Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115                                                      

Hors d'oeuvres and champagne will be served after the concert.

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