It's the most wonderful time of the year

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

April showers bring May flowers...and the season announcements of the city's classical music organizations. 

I covered the Pittsburgh Symphony and Pittsburgh Opera in a previous post, but here's what's coming up from a few others. 

Period instrument trio Chatham Baroque has an ambitious lineup for next season. It collaborates Sept. 16-Oct. 3 with Quantum Theatre and Attack Theatre on "The Winter's Tale," a setting of Shakespeare's text to music by Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell, Bach, Lully and others, creating "a new, fully staged opera pastiche," the organization says in a recent program book. Next come "The Italians!" (Nov. 7-8), when the trio is filled out to concerto-grosso scale for works by Castello, Corelli, Veracini, Vivaldi and more. In partnership with with organist Alan Lewis, "Joyeux Noel" (Dec. 19-20) rings in the holiday season in a concert of French baroque music and selections from Praetorius' "Terpischore." Presented by the Music in a Great Space series at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, the trio will perform Vivaldi's "Stabat Mater" with countertenor Reginald Mobley (Feb. 21, 2016), followed a week later (Feb. 28-29, 2016) with "Trio Brillante," the annual trio concert of music from various European baroque traditions. If the season begins with Shakespeare, so must it end: Purcell's "The Fairy Queen," the composer's operatic take on "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Conducted by Don O. Franklin, the production is presented with Renaissance and Baroque and Pittsburgh Camerata (April 9-10, 2016). 

Speaking of Renaissance and Baroque: Vocal quartet Anonymous 4 will make a pit stop in Pittsburgh (Oct. 3) as part of its last season performing together. Dark Horse Consort will shed light on music performed at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice (Nov. 14) with works by Gabrieli and Picchi and sonatas by Castello, followed by a holiday-themed program exploring the music of Italy, Spain and Latin America by the Grammy-nominated group El Mundo (Dec. 12). New York's Aulos Ensemble with violinist Marc Destrube (Jan. 16, 2016) explore multiculturalism in the 18th century with works by Telemann and Couperin. The Sebastians will offer the solo and trio sonatas of Corelli (Feb. 6, 2016), and then FletzMusik comes to town for some good old Klezmer (March 5, 2016). The season concludes with "The Fairy Queen." 

Finally, Chamber Music Pittsburgh announced its main Carnegie Music Hall series. The Emerson String Quartet returns Oct. 5 to perform works by Haydn, Shostakovich and Brahms. PSO concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley and pianist Orion collaborate on sonatas by Janacek, Brahms and Strauss and short pieces TBA from the stage. (This will be a great opportunity to hear Mr. Bendix-Balgley, who likely will depart from the PSO at the end of the season for his concurrent position with the Berlin Philharmonic.) The Orion Quartet comes to town (Feb. 22, 2016) armed with guest musicians — cellist Marcy Rosen and violist Catherine Cho — for a program including works by Beethoven, Kirchner and Brahms. French quartet Quatuor Ebene returns to Pittsburgh March 21, 2016, for Mozart, Dutilleux and Beethoven, and the season concludes with the Cypress String Quartet performing works by Beethoven, Kevin Puts and Schubert; the group will be joined by cellist Gary Hoffman on the latter's String Quintet. (When you get a chance, check out this group's outstanding recording of that work, which came out last year.) 

In addition to the regularly scheduled programming, CMP is presenting the Diaz Trio (former PSO concertmaster Andres Cardenes, violist Roberto Diaz, cellist Andres Diaz) in a special event March 6, 2016. It sandwiches dinner with the artists in between two concerts that, together, will tackle the complete string trios of Beethoven. Beginning in the fall, CMP is also launching a new series, called Pittsburgh Performs, that will showcase local musicians playing in unusual spaces in and around the city — details TBA. 

Stay tuned for more to come!

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