2017 Season Overview

Sunday, June 11, 3 p.m.


Peter Serkin, Piano
Stefan Jackiw,Violin
Jay Campbell, Cello
All Tickets: $75
Haydn: Piano Trio in G Major, Hob.XV:25, Opus 73 #2 ‘Gypsy’ (1795) (2)
Schubert: Piano Trio in B Flat Major, Opus 99, D. 898 (1827) (8)
Beethoven: Piano Trio in B Flat Major, Opus 97 ‘Archduke’ (1811) (5)

Saturday, June 17, 6:30 p.m.

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP)
Acclaimed quintet of ‘Wand’ring Minstrels’ present a delightful staged concert version of The Pirates of Penzance in one act. Act two features Company’s favorite selections from the rest of the G&S repertoire, topped off with the ever popular NYGASP tour-de-force challenge: impromptu renditions of audience requests by the cast and Artistic Director Albert Bergeret.
(Underwritten by an Anonymous Donor)
*Pre-Concert Dinner

Sunday, June 18, 3 p.m.

Alexander Fiterstein, Clarinet
Michael Brown, Piano
Nicholas Canellakis, Cello
Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B Flat Major, Opus 11 (1797) (4)
Two Klezmer Works for Clarinet Trio (1)
Stutschewsky: Hasidic Fantasy (1956)
Zhurbin (Ljova): Klezmer Hora (2014)
Debussy: Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet & Piano (1910) (1)
Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Opus 114 (1891) (6)

Saturday, June 24, 6:30 p.m.

New Black Eagle Jazz Band
The very best in New Orleans style Jazz, Gospel & Blues. A world touring band. Together since 1971. Touring all parts of the United States.
*Pre-concert Dinner

Sunday, June 25, 3 p.m.

Cassatt String Quartet
Mihae Lee, Piano
Mendelssohn: 4 Pieces for String Quartet, Opus 81 ‘Capriccio’ (1843-47) (7)
Beethoven: String Quartet in A Minor, Opus 132 (1825) (22)
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G Minor, Opus 57 (1940) (26)

Saturday, July 1, 6:30 p.m.

Swingtime Big Band
Big Band Broadway
For their 10th Annual Music Mountain concert, Swingtime spotlights Broadway as the wellspring of the Great American Songbook, and also celebrates the 100th Birthdays of legendary artists Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Dizzy Gillespie and Buddy Rich!
*Pre-Concert Dinner

Sunday, July 2, 3 p.m.

Peter Serkin and Anna Polonsky
Piano 4 Hands
All Tickets: $60
Bach: Chorale prelude ‘Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein’ in G Major, BWV 641 (1713-1715)
Beethoven: 3 Marches, Op. 45 (1803)
Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52a (1868-1869)
Schubert: Allegro in A Minor (“Lebensstürme”), D. 947 (1828)
Schubert: Andantino varié in B Minor, D. 823 (1827)
Schubert: Rondo in A Major, D. 951 (1828)

Saturday, July 8, 6:30 p.m.

The Peter & Will Anderson Trio plays Gershwin
‘Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone’ (New York Times)
Peter and Will Anderson join guitarist Alex Wintz to present a program exploring the rich legacy of George Gershwin, with songs including It Ain’t Necessarily So, They Can’t Take That Away from Me, Summertime, I Got Rhythm, The Man I Love, and Embraceable You. The Andersons have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, the New Orleans Jazz Festival. The Washington Post called their music ‘imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic jazz tunes.’ ‘These dudes are the future. You made my soul smile’ (Quincy Jones).
*Pre-Concert Dinner

Sunday, July 9, 3 p.m.

Arianna String Quartet
Victoria Schwartzman, Piano
Haydn: String Quartet in A Major, Opus 20 #6 (1772) (4)
Brahms: String Quartet in A Minor, Opus 51 #2 (1873) (20)
Dohnanyi: Piano Quintet in C Minor, Opus 1 (1895) (23)

Saturday, July 15, 6:30 p.m.

Alexis Cuadrado Group
Barcelona-born bassist and bandleader Alexis Cuadrado is one of the most sought after musicians in New York. He has released five albums, including 2013’s A Lorca Soundscape, which was critically acclaimed by DownBeat and The New York Times. His distinctive jazz style is deeply influenced by flamenco, including original compositions.
*Pre-Concert Dinner

Sunday, July 16, 3 p.m.

Penderecki String Quartet
Pamela Mia Paul, Piano
Mozart: String Quartet in D Major, K. 575 (1789) (17)
Schumann: String Quartet in A Major, Opus 41 #3 (1842) (18)
Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A Major, Opus 81 (1887) (44)

Saturday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.

Anouman Gypsy Jazz Quartet
A band of like-minded stalwarts of the NYC gypsy jazz scene, Anouman takes the music of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt as its jumping off point to perform spontaneous and virtuosic versions of exciting originals. Anouman has most recently performed at the Winter JazzFest in NYC, Charm City Django Fest, Django by the Sea Jazz Festival and Cornelia St. Django Fest.
*Pre-Concert Dinner

Sunday, July 23, 3 p.m.

Ariel Quartet
Soyeon Kate Lee, Piano
Mozart: String Quartet in G Major, K.387 (1782) (17)
Dvorak: String Quartet in F Major, Opus 96 ‘American’ (1893) (21)
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E Flat Major, Opus 44 (1842) (37)

Saturday, July 29, 6:30 p.m.

Alan Ferber Nonet
Nominated for a Grammy award in the ‘Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album’ category, the Alan Ferber Nonet is ‘somehow both old school and cutting edge’ (The Wall Street Journal). Trombonist-composer Alan Ferber has been recognized as one of the leading trombonists of his generation in DownBeat’s International Critics’ Poll and Readers’ Poll.
*Pre-Concert Dinner

Sunday, July 30, 3 p.m.

Harlem String Quartet
Fei-Fei Dong, Piano
Webern: Langsamer Satz (1905) (3)
Mozart: String Quartet in B Flat Major, K. 458 ‘Hunt’ (1784) (14)
Duke Ellington: Sophisticated Lady (1932) arr. Alan Broadbent (2016) (1)
William Bolcom: Three Rags for String Quartet (comp. 1970; arr. 1989) (1)
Graceful Ghost
Guido López-Gavilán: Guaguancó (comp. 1998, arr. 2015) (1)
Brahms: Piano Quartet in C Minor, Opus 60 (1875) (19)

Saturday, August 5, 6:30 p.m.

Ben Kono Group
‘Cosmopolitan and unflappable…’ – The New York Times
The Ben Kono Group has garnered high praise for its thoughtful compositions, lush orchestrations, and edgy improvising. ‘Kono places an emphasis on melody, and is a real craftsman, shifting his lovely lines through different textures and harmonies, combining sections that seem like bits of songs into larger forms.’ (The Big City Blog)
*Pre-Concert Dinner

Sunday, August 6, 3 p.m.

Aeolus String Quartet
Geoffrey Burleson, Piano
Haydn: String Quartet in F Major, Opus 74 #2 (1793) (4)
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A Minor, Opus 13 (1827) (12)
Franck: Piano Quintet in F Minor (1878-79) (37)

Saturday, August 12, 6:30 p.m.

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
Ryan Keberle and his group Catharsis blend the word-less vocals of Camila Meza with trombone, trumpet, bass and drums in ‘a potent blend of cinematic sweep and lush, ear-grabbing melodies’ (Los Angeles Times). Ryan Keberle’s diverse talents have earned him a place alongside superstars such as David Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Alicia Keys.
*Pre-Concert Dinner

Sunday, August 13, 3 p.m.

St. Petersburg Piano Quartet
All Beethoven Program
Violin & Piano Sonata #5 in F Major, Opus 24 ‘Spring’ (1800-01) (3)
Piano Trio in D Major, Opus 70 #1 ‘Ghost’ (1808) (2)
Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Opus 16 (1796) (11)

Saturday, August 19, 6:30 p.m.

Todd Marcus Quintet
Todd Marcus has carved out a unique voice for the bass clarinet in modern jazz. His music swings hard with both a fiery and introspective intensity. Todd Marcus’s ‘compelling gifts for composing and arranging’ ….Washington Post … capture elements of his west Baltimore neighborhood, portraying the challenges and strengths of his community and finding beauty in each.
*Pre-Concert Dinner

Sunday, August 20, 3 p.m.

St. Petersburg Piano Quartet
Brahms: Viola Sonata in E Flat Major, Opus 120 #2 (1894) (2)
Shostakovich: Piano Trio #2 in E Minor, Opus 67 (1944) (3)
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Opus 47 (1842) (17)

Saturday, August 26, 6:30 p.m.

Michael Berkeley
Celebrate the dazzle of Broadway show tunes with Michael Berkeley and Diva favorites Wanda L. Houston, Amy LeBlanc and Maria B. Hickey!
(Underwritten by an Anonymous Donor)
*Pre-Concert Dinner

Sunday, August 27, 3 p.m.

Daedalus String Quartet
Tanya Bannister, Piano
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Opus 18 #1 (1798-1800) (31)
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Minor, Opus 95 “Serioso” (1810) (35)
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Opus 34 (1864) (46)

Saturday, September 2, 6:30 p.m.

Shanghai String Quartet
Mendelssohn: String Quartet
in E Flat Major, Opus 12 (1829) (4)
Yi-Wen Jiang: Selections from China Song (arr. 1989) (4)
Brahms: String Quartet in C Minor, Opus 51 #1 (1873) (24)

Sunday, September 3, 3 p.m.


Shanghai String Quartet
Qing Jiang, Piano
All Tickets: $75
Beethoven: String Quartet in B Flat Major, Opus 18 #6 (1798-1800) (31)
Beethoven: String Quartet in E Minor, Opus 59 #2 (1806) (23)
Brahms: Piano Quartet in G Minor, Opus 25 (1861) (29)

Saturday, September 9, 6:30 p.m.

The Galvanized Jazz Band
A dynamic group of Connecticut musicians devoted to the energetic performance of Hot Dixieland, New Orleans Jazz, Blues, Rags, Stomps, Struts, Spirituals, Swing and Classic Popular songs from the past century.
*Pre-Concert Dinner

Sunday, September 10, 3 p.m.

Concert cancelled due to Hurricane Irma
Amernet String Quartet
Vivek Kamath, Viola
All Beethoven Program
Piano Sonata #8 in C Minor, Opus 13 ‘Pathétique’ (1798) (1)
Arranged for String Quartet (2016) by Jeffery Briggs (1957- )
String Quartet in F Major, Opus 135 (1826) (26)
Viola Quintet in C Major, Opus 29 ‘Storm’ (1801) (5)

Saturday, September 16, 6:30 p.m.

Jive By Five
Concert Dedicated to the Memory of Louise W. King
(Well-behaved dogs are welcome)
A Connecticut favorite returns. The sizzling dance music of the jazz age. From the Charleston, to the Two-Step, to the Fox Trot.
*Pre-Concert Dinner

Sunday, September 17, 3 p.m.

Juilliard String Quartet
All Tickets: $60
Beethoven: String Quartet in A Major, Opus 18 #5 (1798-1800) (19)
Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Opus 76 #5 (1796-7) (10)
Dvorak: String Quartet in C Major, Opus 61 (1881) (7)

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