2021-22 season touring projects 


TOUR 1:  Beethoven Connections

(7 musicians: Wu Qian, piano; Wu Han, piano; Arnaud Sussmann, violin/viola; Richard Lin violin; Matthew Lipman, viola; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; Anthony Manzo,  bass)

Available: October 9-17, 2021

Program Description

Beethoven: Trio in C minor for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 9, No. 3

Hummel: Quintet for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass in E-flat, Op. 87

Schubert: Rondo for Piano, Four Hands in A major, D. 951

Mendelssohn: Sextet in D major for Piano, Violin, Two Violas, Cello, and Bass, Op. 110


TOUR 2:  Romantic Perspectives

(6 musicians: Wu Han, piano; Aaron Boyd & Danbi Um, violin; Paul Neubauer & Timothy Ridout, viola; Sihao He, cello)

Available: Jan 22-30, 2022

Program Description

Brahms: Scherzo, WoO 2, from “F-A-E” Sonata for Violin and Piano

Mahler: Quartet in A minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello

Dvorak: Quintet in A minor for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello, Op. 1

Franck: Quintet in F minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello


TOUR 3:  Stars of Vienna

(4 musicians: Wu Han, piano; James Thompson, violin; Matthew Lipman, viola; David Finckel, cello)

Available: March 1-13, 2022

Program Description

Mozart: Duo in G-Major for Violin and Viola, K. 423

Beethoven: Trio in G major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 1, No. 2

Brahms: Quartet No. 2 in A major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 26



TOUR 4: String Masterpieces

(6 musicians: Ani Kavafian & Stella Chen, violin; Paul Neubauer & Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Mihai Marica and David Requiro, cello)

Available: March 26-April 6, 2022

Program Description

Beethoven:  Trio in G major for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 9, No. 1

Mozart: Quintet for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello in C minor, K. 406

Brahms: Sextet for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Two Cellos No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 18


 Additional offering:  Brandenburg Concertos (December 8-12 & Dec 15, 2021)



March, 2020

Narrative program descriptions


Tour 1 – Beethoven Connections (Oct 9-17, 2021)

It’s safe to say that without the virtuosity and imagination of Ludwig van Beethoven changing the course of music history, many of the most exciting chamber works would simply not exist. In a program that opens with Beethoven’s youthful and daring string trio, a succession of composers follows whose music was indelibly influenced by the master. Johann Nepomuk Hummel was at once Beethoven’s admirer, friend and rival, and his striking and seldom-heard quintet echoes both Beethoven’s creativity and pianistic wizardry. The gentle Schubert lived in Beethoven’s shadow, too shy to approach the great man, yet he did just that through music of incomparable personal transparency. And Felix Mendelssohn, regarded as the greatest musical prodigy of all time, concludes this celebration of Beethoven’s legacy with a sextet of novel design and thrilling brilliance. 


Tour 2 – Romantic Perspectives (Jan 22-30, 2022)

The Romantic movement in music blossomed across Europe during the nineteenth century. Fueled by the vision of Beethoven, the poetry of Schubert, and the hyper-emotionalism of Schumann, composers tapped their inner selves, often deeply inspired by their native cultures. Johannes Brahms, declared to be the heir to the mantle of Beethoven, adhered to the discipline of the classical age, yet, who has ever composed more romantically and with such passion? Gustav Mahler, whose symphonies expanded music’s horizon by leaps and bounds, penned his only work of chamber music, this achingly beautiful movement, as an idealistic student. And César Franck, the lion of French romantic composers, brought all of his sensuousness and seriousness to this epic quintet, one of the literature’s most cherished masterpieces.  


Tour 3 – Stars of Vienna (March 1-13, 2022)

Virtually without exception, artists throughout history have flocked to the world’s cultural metropolises. Whether in search of inspiration, fame, connections, or the simple intellectual camaraderie that is a phenomenon of the legendary cafés, creative thinkers have been drawn to the Austrian capital of Vienna for centuries. However, perhaps no profession competes historically with the art of music when it comes to Vienna. The environment upon which Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms fed allowed these geniuses to produce arguably the greatest music ever composed. This program pairs two iconic works of the late 18th century, composed by Mozart at the height of his powers and by Beethoven setting out to take Vienna by storm. And to conclude, the mighty second piano quartet of Brahms synthesizes the best of both the Classical and Romantic ages, connecting with Mozart and Beethoven through design (and with Schumann in spirit).

Tour 4 – String Masterpieces (March 26 – April 6, 2022)

Ever since the great Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari perfected the design of the violin in the early 18th century, violins, violas, and cellos have become the dominant instruments of the chamber repertoire. So self-sufficient are they that in a program such as this, the ubiquitous piano is not even missed. Looking past and around the industry-standard string quartet, this unique program showcases three types of string ensemble for which composers of many ages wrote some of their most brilliant and popular works. Beethoven’s early string trios show him sharpening his compositional teeth for his coming Op. 18 string quartets, and this trio, his first, is in every way as dazzling as many of his later works. Mozart virtually invented the viola quintet – he himself liked to play second viola – and his six string quintets still sit at the heart of the chamber repertoire. And without the two mammoth string sextets of Brahms, one would never have known how three pairs of violins, violas, and cellos could pack the sonic and emotional punch of the world’s most beloved symphonies.