ICYMI: The artist formerly known as the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society has changed its name to Chamber Music Pittsburgh. Get the scoop here about the new brand and the decline of the word "society" at classical music organizations. I had a lot of fun reporting for the piece and learning about the quirky reasons that organizations have taken on or or dropped the word "society" from their names, from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (which was the "Pittsburgh Symphony Society" in an effort to skirt Pennsylvania's blue laws) to the New York Philharmonic (whose re-branding coincided with having a Mad Man on the orchestra's board).
In addition to the new name, Chamber Music Pittsburgh has announced its upcoming season. Check out the schedule and additional information from the press release below. Subscriptions are $165-$200, $60 for students, at 412-624-4129 or www.chambermusicpittsburgh.org.
The season will open Monday, September 29, 2014 with one of the world's great string quartets, the Takács Quartet. They will perform Haydn's Quartet in Bb major, Op. 64, No. 3, Debussy's Quartet in G minor, Op. 10, and Beethoven's Quartet in Bb major, Op. 130, with Finale: Grosse Fuge, Op. 133.
On Monday, November 10, 2014, the Pacifica Quartet, a favorite of Pittsburgh audiences, will perform a program of Ligeti's Quartet No. 1 "Metamorphoses nocturnes" and Ravel's Quartet in F major. The Quartet will be joined by violist David Harding for Mozart's Viola Quintet in G minor, K. 516. David Harding is associate professor of viola at Carnegie Mellon University, and has an extensive career in solo and chamber music performance.
On Monday, February 16, 2015, the young and dynamic Jerusalem Quartet will perform a program of Haydn's Quartet in G minor, Op. 74, No. 3 "Rider", Schulhoff's Five Pieces, and Schumann's Quartet in A major, Op. 41, No. 3. "Passion, precision, warmth, a gold blend: these are the trademarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet." –The Times
On Monday, March 16, 2015, cellist Zuill Bailey will perform a recital, accompanied by pianist Awadagin Pratt. Bailey will play Stravinsky's Suite Italienne, Brahms' Sonata in D major, Op. 78, Franck's Sonata in A major, as well as a series of short pieces to be announced from the stage. This will be Zuill Bailey and Awadagin Pratt's premiere performance on CMP's series. Awadagin Pratt, born in Pittsburgh, is highly acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances.
The season will close on Monday, April 27, 2015 with the Brentano Quartet performing Charpentier's Suite in D minor and James MacMillan's String Quartet No. 3. The Quartet will be joined by clarinetist Todd Palmer to end the concert with Brahms' Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115. The Brentano Quartet has been called "passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding," by the London Independent, and the New York Times extols its "luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism." Todd Palmer is a three time Grammy-nominated artist, he has worked with the many of the world's finest string ensembles and artists.