Fort Worth — Below is the 30th season for the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, which features a lot of returning and some new artists. All shows are at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, with the exception of the April 7, 2018 concert, which is at the Kimbell Art Museum.
The group has also commissioned a new work from American composer Pierre Jalbert; and will perform Stravinsky's L’histoire du soldat in its entirety, accompanied by marionettes created and performed by Dan Butterworth.
You can read more about the season, with dates and descriptions, below.
The Chamber Music of Society of Fort Worth is thrilled to announce their 30th Anniversary Season—and what a season this promises to be. The season title, “The Power of Intimacy,” represents the many facets of chamber music from the passionate collaboration between world-class artists, their interpretations of exhilarating repertoire, and most important, their connection with the audience.
Favorite artists returning to the series include Frank Cohen, clarinet, Richard Young and Michael Klotz, viola, Andrés Díaz, cello and the Atrium Quartet. New to the series but not new to Fort Worth audiences is pianist and Cliburn Gold Medalist, Haochen Zhang. Russian-born Pavel Nersessian and Georgian-born Elisso Bolkvadze, pianists will also make their first-time appearances with CMSFW.
For the first time in their 30 year history, the Chamber Music Society has commissioned a work from award-winning American-born composer, Pierre Jalbert. Jalbert is currently Professor of Composition and Theory at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, a post he has held since 1996. His Piano Quintet is a jointly commissioned work with the La Jolla Music Society and the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music. CMSFW is honored to present the world premiere on the April 7, 2018 concert. Artists featured on this concert include Cho-Liang Lin, violin and Music Director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest; CMSFW Artistic Director, Gary Levinson, violin; Clive Greensmith, cello, currently a member of the Montrose Trio and until 2013 a member of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet; CMSFW Honored Ensemble Musician, Michael Klotz, viola; and the aforementioned Haochen Zhang, piano.
Another significant highlight for the 2017-18 season is Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat which will be presented in its entirety. Scheduled for October 14, 2017, this will be the first time in its thirty year history CMSFW has presented this work. The story will be told by marionettes created and performed by Dan Butterworth. The ensemble for this performance includes CMSFW Artistic Director, Gary Levinson, violin; Eugene Levinson, recently retired Principal Double Bass for the New York Philharmonic (and father of Gary Levinson); Frank Cohen, former Principal Clarinet for the Cleveland Orchestra. The rest of the ensemble includes three members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Scott Walzel, Associate Principal Bassoon, Ryan Anthony, Principal Trumpet, and Doug Howard, Principal Percussion. The conductor is Ruth Rinehardt, Assistant Conductor for the Dallas Symphony.
Two established ensembles will be presented-the first on November 11, 2017 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the second on May 12, 2018 in the same location. November 11 will see the return of the Atrium Quartet-a young group who organized as students in St. Petersburg under the inspiration of Josef Levinson (the uncle of AD Gary Levinson), then moved on to Berlin where they have grown to establish themselves as performers of deep emotion, intellect, virtuosity and technical brilliance. This will be their second appearance on the CMSFW concert series. Of their first performance in Fort Worth, it was written “The Quartet…gave a stupendous performance of Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 3. The Atrium quartet played as if the piece were in their blood. At the end many in the audience must have felt a sense of emotional exhaustion.” Star-Telegram.
New to the series is Tempest Trio which has been recently compared by critics to the legendary "Million Dollar Trio" of Arthur Rubinstein, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Jascha Heifetz. This formidable ensemble will close the season on May 12, 2018 at the Modern.
DATES, PROGRAMS, AND ARTISTS FOR 2017-18
September 16, 2017 Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
“No Translation Necessary”
Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56
Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80
Schubert String Trio in B flat Major, D. 471
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57
Gary Levinson, violin; Francesca dePasquale, violin; Richard Young, viola; Bion Tsang, cello; Pavel Nersessian, piano
October 14, 2017 Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
“In the Theater of Life”
Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time
Stravinsky L’histoire du soldat
Gary Levinson, violin; Andrés Díaz, cello; Eugene Levinson, double bass; Frank Cohen, clarinet; Scott Walzel, bassoon; Ryan Anthony, trumpet; Massimo La Rosa, Trombone; Doug Howard, percussion; Jihye Chang, piano; Dan Butterworth, marionettes; Ruth Rinhardt, conductor
November 11, 2017 Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
“Outside the Shadow of Beethoven” Atrium Quartet
Brahms String Quartet No. 1, Op. 51 in C Minor
Beethoven String Quartet No. 13, Op. 30 in B flat Major
Shostakovich String Quartet No. 12, Op. 133 in D flat Major
The Atrium Quartet is Sergey Malov and Anton Ilynin, violins; Dmitry Pitulko, viola; and Anna Gorelova, cello
January 6, 2018 Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
“From Vienna to Brotherhood”
Martinu Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola
Schumann Three Fantasiestücke for Cello and Piano
Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3, Op. 60 in C Minor
Gary Levinson, violin; Roberto Díaz, viola; Andrés Díaz, cello, Baya Kakouberi, piano
February 17, 2018 Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
“The Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove” or “Love and Fury”
Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano, No.9, Op. 47 (Kreutzer)
Beethoven Serenade for Violin, Viola, Cello, Op. 8 in D Major
Franck Piano Quintet in F Minor
Gary Levinson, violin; Felix Olschofka,violin; Michael Klotz, viola; Santiago Cañón-Valencia, cello; Elisso Bolkvadze, piano.
April 7, 2018 Piano Pavilion in the Kimbell Art Museum
“Passing the Torch”
Shostakovich Three Pieces for 2 Violins and Piano
Jalbert Piano Quintet (Premiere)
Dvořák Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74 (B.148)
Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34
Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Gary Levinson, violin; Michael Klotz, viola; Clive Greensmith, cello; Haochen Zhang, piano.
May 12, 2018 Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
“No Walk on the Beach” The Tempest Trio
Brahms Piano Trio, Op. 101, No. 3 in C Major
Beach Piano Trio, Op. 150
Beethoven Piano Trio, Op. 97, No. 7 in B flat Major (Archduke)
The Tempest Trip is Alon Goldstein, piano; Ilya Kaler, viollin; and Amit Peled, cello.
The popular Pre-Concert Conversations with Laurie Shulman and Gary Levinson will be at 1:15 pm prior to each concert. These highly informative and well attended talks bring the listener to a greater understanding and appreciation for the works to be performed.
Tickets remain the same price as in the previous season with season tickets $30 for Students, $180 for Senior and $210 for General Admission. Single tickets are $5 for Students, $30 for Seniors and $35 for General Admission. For more information about the concerts and to purchase tickets please visit us at www.chambermusicFW.org or call the office at 817-877-3003.