Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center:
Enescu Octet in C major for Strings, Op. 7, Mvt. 1
8 April 2013
The Elias String Quartet is in the home stretch of their first large-scale North American tour, and "large" doesn't even begin to describe the geographic and musical scope of this tour! Many of the concerts are collaborations with Jonathan Biss, in which they are performing works by Schumann, Mozart, and a new work by composer Timothy Andres. With Mr. Biss, they have performed in Costa Mesa, San Francisco, New York, and Kansas City. They return to New York for a second Carnegie Hall performance on Wednesday, followed by concerts in Portland, Maine and Boston. In between these dates, they've made quartet-only visits to Salt Lake City, St. Paul, Napa, Princeton, and Atlanta, playing additional works by Haydn, Janacek, Purcell, and Schumann.
The New York Times called last week's peformance in Carnegie's Zankel Hall “Excellent….particularly memorable” and “Superb…[first violinist Sara Bitlloch’s] playing was remarkable throughout, her bold, rich tone and expressive nuances contributing to an intense and deeply felt interpretation.”
19 March 2013
St. Lawrence String Quartet announces pending personnel change
The St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ) will undergo a personnel change when violinist Scott St. John departs at the end of 2013. St. John is relocating to Canada with his family. The SLSQ will commence a search immediately, with the goal of identifying St. John’s successor by early fall 2013, and completing the transition by January, 2014.
Continuing SLSQ members Geoff Nuttall, Lesley Robertson, and Christopher Costanza have issued the following statement: “we are all sorry to see Scott leave the quartet -- he has been a substantial contributor to the most musically and personally rewarding of SLSQ's 24 years -- but we respect his decision and bid farewell with warm wishes. While his shoes will be hard to fill, we remain passionately committed to the great adventure that is quartet life. We eagerly look forward to continuing and building upon our commitments at Stanford, our worldwide touring, and projects with diverse composers and collaborators.”
In commenting on his decision St. John said: “working with the SLSQ for the past seven years has been a fantastic experience. Every member of SLSQ is an inspired colleague and also a friend, and one could not ask for a more supportive environment at Stanford, or a more thrilling concert dynamic within the ensemble. While the decision to leave has been difficult, recently my own family obligations have become more important, and I look forward to being a full-time father when my family is settled in Canada.”
Jonathan Berger, Stanford University’s Denning Family Provostial Professor added: “the St. Lawrence String Quartet have had a transformative effect on the University community at-large, and have been integral to the critical role the arts play at Stanford. The crown jewels of the music program, the quartet's artistry, collegiality, and passion for chamber music is felt in concert, teaching, and diverse outreach activities. We look forward to many more years of their greatness!”
December 11 2012
David Rowe Artists is honored to add the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to our portfolio, beginning with the 2014/15 season! We will have specific tour dates, repertoire, and musician configurations for 14/15 to pass along shortly.