The Boise Chamber Music Series launches its 2017-2018 season with returning favorites the Aulos Ensemble and the Horszowski Trio, and debut performances by the Russian-based Borodin Quartet and Jasper String Quartet.
The series currently is taking new season subscribers for its four-show series. Season subscriptions to the Boise Chamber Music Series are $120 and include reserved seating. All four concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Morrison Center Recital Hall on Friday evenings. For more information or to subscribe, please contact Jeanne Belfy at email@example.com. Special thanks to group season sponsors Hotel 43 and The Grove Hotel.
Sept. 8: The Aulos Ensemble
What does an ensemble do when its repertoire stopped expanding 250 years ago? The Aulos Ensemble, like other early music groups, faces this dilemma, and has faced it longer than most. Aulos’s answer has been to constantly re-invent itself — not by changing artists, as its elite membership has remained intact for the last 15 years — but by constantly exploring new projects, embracing an ever-widening group of guest artists and forging new recording alliances.
Formed in 1973 by five Juilliard graduates, the Aulos Ensemble was at the forefront of a movement that captured the imagination of the American listening public. In 1978 with the release of their recording, “Masterpieces of the High Baroque,” Aulos’s reputation for exhilarating performances informed with scholarly insight was firmly established. Aulos brought an uncompromising standard of excellence in performance that resulted in invitations from virtually all of America’s major chamber music presenters. This exposure helped create a new audience awareness for the rich rewards of this repertoire performed on “period instruments,” and comments such as “scintillating,” “virtuosic,” and “authentic baroque performance at its best” from America’s most respected music critics. Back for a third appearance in Boise, Aulos members include Christopher Krueger, transverse flute; Marc Schachman, baroque oboe; Linda Quan, baroque violin; Myron Lutzke, baroque cello; and harpsichordist Arthur Haas.
Oct. 20: The Borodin Quartet
For more than 70 years, the Borodin Quartet has been celebrated for its insight and authority in the chamber music repertoire. The ensemble’s cohesion and vision have survived successive changes in personnel, thanks to the common legacy shared by its members from their training at the Moscow Conservatory. The current members of the Quartet are Ruben Aharonian, Sergei Lomovsky, Igor Naidin and Vladimir Balshin.
Described by the Daily Telegraph Australia as “the Russian grand masters,” the Borodin Quartet’s particular affinity with Russian repertoire is based on constant promotion, performances and recording of the pillars of Russian string quartet music. Their Boise debut program will include Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 6, Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 1, and the great unknown Nikolai Myaskovsky’s String Quartet No. 13, a lushly neo-Romantic Russian work championed by the Borodins. The Quartet is universally recognized for its genuine interpretation of Russian music, generating critical acclaim all over the world; the Frankfurter publication Allgemeine Zeitung writes “here we have not four individual players, but a single sixteen-stringed instrument of great virtuosity.”
March 16: The Jasper String Quartet
Winner of the prestigious Chamber Music America Cleveland Quartet Award, Philadelphia’s Jasper String Quartet is the professional quartet in residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. The quartet also is the 2017-18 guest artist in residence at Swarthmore College. The Jaspers have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and “powerful” (New York Times).
April 27: The Horszowski Trio
Hailed by The New Yorker as “destined for great things,” when the members of the Horszowski Trio — Jesse Mills, Raman Ramakrishnan, and Rieko Aizawa — played together for the first time, they immediately felt the spark of a unique connection. Many years of close friendship had created a deep trust between the players, which in turn led to exhilarating expressive freedom.
Two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills first performed with Raman Ramakrishnan, founding cellist of the prize-winning Daedalus Quartet, at the Kinhaven Music School when they were children. In New York City, they met pianist Rieko Aizawa, who, had been discovered by the late violinist and conductor Alexander Schneider, and had made her U.S. debuts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Their musical bonds were strengthened at various schools and festivals around the world, including the Juilliard School and the Marlboro Festival. Aizawa was the last pupil of the legendary pianist Mieczysław Horszowski (1892-1993) at the Curtis Institute.
The trio will conclude the Boise Chamber Music Series season with American Arthur Foote’s 1909 Trio No. 2, Elliott Carter’s final composition Epigrams (2012), and Brahms’ great C major Trio, op. 87.