Special Offer: Attend Three Concerts And SAVE With Our Winter Solstice Trio Packs

December 2, 2016

The Friends of Chamber Music are proud to present this special offer in time for the holidays: Winter Solstice Trio packs. In the spirit of giving, we invite you to enjoy THREE classical concerts at a discount.

Not only that, we even have two themed options available for you to choose from:

Single concert tickets are $50 each, but with either Winter Solstice Trio pack, you can see all three shows for only $130. You’ll save $20, or enough for two glasses of wine at the concert hall!

Now you have even more incentive to join us at these upcoming fabulous musical events. Purchase one or both Winter Solstice Trio packs for you and your friends. And if you are already one of our valued subscribers, these packages make great gifts for music lovers on your list. Share the gift of live music and give people an experience to remember!

This is a limited time offer. Purchase your favourite Winter Solstice Trio pack by December 31st and save!

Winter Solstice Trio Pack 1:

Paris & Vienna – 2 European Musical Hubs in 3 Concerts

1. Fauré & Brahms – Paris & Vienna – CMS Piano Quartet

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – 8:00 pm

Fauré was at the centre of late C19th musical life in Paris, while at the same time Brahms was at the centre of musical life in Vienna. American composer Aaron Copland called Fauré the ““French Brahms” –an apt analogy when considering the dense textures, rhapsodic stringing together of ideas, fastidious craftsmanship and emotional, yet restrained, musical expression of both composers. But, while Brahms sweeps us away with earthy passion in works like his second Piano Quartet, Fauré’s magic resides in the luminous, sensuous and elusive beauty of his music.

Pianist Alessio Bax, praised by Gramophone for his “hypnotic intensity”, is joined in this not-to-be-missed programme by superb returning artists, violinist Ani Kafavian, violist Yura Lee, and a favourite cellist of ours, Paul Watkins, also cellist with the Emerson String Quartet.

Johannes Brahms
Scherzo, WoO 2, from “F-A-E”

Gabriel Fauré
Piano quartet in G minor, Opus 45

Johannes Brahms
Piano quartet in A major, Opus 26

2. Parisian Elegance – CMS Piano & Strings

Sunday March 19, 2017 – 3:00 pm

The music of France has for centuries been vibrant, colourful and elegant. And different in tone and approach from music in other parts of Europe. In this thrilling program of better and lesser known Gallic classics from three centuries, CMS co-artistic director, pianist Wu Han, heads up a cast of six CMS artists that are sure to dazzle and delight with gems from the City of Light set off by their incomparable virtuosity: violinists Kristin Lee, Yura Lee and Arnaud Sussman; violist, Richard O’Neill, and cellist Nicholas Canellakis.

Jean-Marie Leclair
Concerto for violin, string quartet & continuo in E minor, Opus 10 No.5

Jean Françaix
Trio for strings

Maurice Ravel
Tzigane for violin & piano

Amédée-Ernest Chausson
Concerto for violin, piano & string quartet, Opus 21

3. Classic Vienna – Han Finckel Setzer Trio

Tuesday April 11, 2017 – 8:00 pm

Cellist David Finckel, violinist Philip Setzer, and pianist Wu Han make as fine a piano trio as the world knows right now. Given their résumés, this is no surprise: Finckel spent more than thirty years with the famed Emerson String Quartet; Setzer is a founding and continuing member of the Emerson Quartet; and Han has an outstanding career as an orchestral soloist and chamber player, as well as a close artistic (and personal) relationship with Finckel. It is no surprise that we are bringing this trio back for a fifth performance, featuring music by C19th Viennese contemporaries Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert.

Ludwig Van Beethoven
Trio in B flat major, Opus 97 “Archduke”

Franz Schubert
Trio in E flat major, Opus 100

Purchase this Concert Pack here.

Winter Solstice Trio Pack 2:

The genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 3 Concerts

1. Mozart, Beethoven, Janáček – Pražák Quartet

Tuesday February 21, 2017 – 8:00 pm

The Pražák Quartet has been an audience favourite for 30 years; they provided the core of the concert series celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Friends of Chamber Music in 1998. And now this group, that brings us the best of the burnished string sound of the Bohemian tradition, play a farewell concert of Mozart, Janáček and Beethoven, music that allows us to revel in their special sound and feeling.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quartet in D major, K.499 “Hoffmeister”

Leoš Janáček
Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters”

Ludwig van Beethoven
Quartet in C sharp minor, Opus 131

2. Mozart, Shostakovich, Grieg – Emerson String Quartet

Sunday March 26, 2017 – 3:00 pm

The Emerson String Quartet has been our top returning ensemble for many years – years in which to integrate their playing so perfectly that eight hands seem to be directed by a single superb musical intelligence. Remarkably, each return concert exhibits a new vitality and freshness, most recently exciting our entire audience into a standing ovation in 2016. Accolades include nine Grammy Awards and three Gramophone Awards – unprecedented honours for a chamber music group. This concert will bring out new treasures in the music of Mozart, Shostakovich and Grieg.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet in D minor, K.421

Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 4 in D major, Opus 83

Edvard Grieg
String Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Opus 27

3. Redemption: Mozart + CMS Clarinet, Piano & Strings

Tuesday May 2, 2017 – 8:00 pm

A final Mozartian treat! For centuries, listeners have found refuge in the music of Mozart during times of transition, social upheaval and personal anguish. Looking to his music as a bridge between the earthly and divine, this program celebrates the redemptive qualities of Mozart’s music and its legacy in music by Shostakovich and Bartók. Esteemed clarinetist David Shifrin leads extraordinary young artists: violinists Kristin Lee and Danbi Um, violist Mark Holloway, cellist Dmitri Atapine, and pianist Gloria Chien.

Béla Bartók
Contrasts for violin, clarinet & piano, Sz.111, BB116

Dmitri Shostakovich
Trio for piano & strings in E minor, Opus 67

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quintet for clarinet & strings in A major, K.58

Purchase This Concert Pack here.

Enjoy all of this incredible music played live by great musicians, while amongst friends! We look forward to seeing you there.

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