A solo piano recital by Peter Serkin, the debut of the Parker Quartet and returns by the Emerson and Orion String Quartets highlight the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society's 2013-14 season. The Emerson String Quartet will appear with its new cellist, Paul Watkins.
The presenting organization also has several additional concerts/events planned, including partnering with several local groups for concerts and three TBA summer events "held in more casual venues with food and drink." The main series concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Subscriptions range from $60 for students to $200 for the six concerts; www.pittsburghchambermuisc.org or 412-624-4129.
Here's the line-up:
Oct. 1: Emerson String Quartet. Mozart’s Quartet in E-flat major, Bartok’s Quartet No. 2 and Mendelssohn’s Quartet in F minor.
Oct. 28: Orion String Quartet. Haydn’s Quartet in G minor, No. 3, Bartok’s Quartet No. 6, and Schubert’s Quartet in D minor, “Death and the Maiden.”
Nov. 18: Parker Quartet. Beethoven’s Quartet in A major, Op. 18, No. 5, Prokofiev’s Quartet No. 1, and Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 9.
Feb. 3, 2014: Pianist Peter Serkin. Sweelinck’s "Capriccio," Neilsen’s Theme and Variations, Op. 40, Wuorinen’s Scherzo, Reger’s Three Pieces from "Aus Meinem Tagebuch," Crawford’s "Study in Mixed Accents," Stravinsky’s 4 Etudes, Op. 7, and Beethoven’s Sonata, Op. 81a “Les Adieux.”
Feb. 24, 2014: OPUS ONE. Beethoven’s Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 16b, Stucky’s Rain Shadow, and Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor.
March 24, 2014: Artemis Quartet. Brahms’ Quartet in C minor, No. 1, Kurtag’s "O icium breve, In Memoriam Andreae Szervansky" for String Quartet, and Beethoven’s Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131.
PCMS will co-presenting three non-subscription concerts with:
Dec. 2: Chatham Baroque in a concert featuring four of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos (Nos. 3-6) at the 20th Century Club in Oakland.
April 29, 2014: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a concert of Mozart’s chamber music as part of its Mozart Festival at Carnegie Music Hall.
May 10, 2014: Pittsburgh Music Alliance for a 12-hour all-Bach marathon at Calvary Episcopal Church.