Closing as it should be a historic season, Sunday May 12 at 3 p.m., the Detroit Chamber Music Society returns to Orchestra Hall, his home for over 20 of his 75 years. Four of America’s Most Exciting Young String Quartets Attack, Catalyst, Dover and Harlem The quartets are joined by the master pianist Leon Fleisher, who will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 414 as well as the music of Bach. The program also includes a world premiere by Jessie Montgomery, as well as the Mendelssohn Octet performed by members of the four quartets performing different movements in a set of musical chairs.
This concert is made possible by the generous support of Chemical Bank, PVS Chemicals, DTE Energy, the National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and Cecilia Benner.
Tickets are priced at $ 100 for lodges, $ 50 for premium seats, $ 30 for adults, $ 25 for seniors and $ 10 for students. Tickets are available on www.CMSDetroit.org or by phone at 313-335-3300.
This concert is unique in several ways. In addition to mixing and matching the staff for the performance of Mendelssohn’s Octet, the four string quartets will come together to become a string orchestra for Mozart’s concerto. A new piece for sixteen strings of Jessie montgomery (who is also a violinist in one of the participating quartets, the Catalyst) was commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Detroit especially for the occasion and will receive its world premiere. The commission is funded by small contributions from over 120 CMSDetroit donors and ticket buyers, a nod to the history of the organization: 65 years ago, to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 1954, the Chamber Music Society commissioned a distinguished American composer Samuel barbier to write a new work, and this commission, also financed by small contributions from patrons, was the very first commission financed by public subscription.
Leon Fleisher, recognized as one of the world’s most revealing and inspiring musicians, has blossomed into a sustained career as a conductor, pianist and master teacher. He made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1944, and in 1952 became the first American to win the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition of Belgium. At the height of his success, he was suddenly struck at the age of 36 by a neurological affliction later identified as focal dystonia, rendering two fingers of his right hand immobile. Rather than ending his career, Mr. Fleisher began to focus on left-hand-only repertoire, conducting and teaching. In one of classical music’s great comeback stories, he was able to resume playing with both hands in the mid-1990s after successful experimental medical treatments. To celebrate his 90th birthday this season, he has performed in recital at Carnegie Hall, in Philadelphia, Washington, DC and San Francisco; at the Ravinia, Gilmore and Tanglewood festivals; and touring Canada with the Toronto Symphony.
Hailed by The Strad magazine as “breathtaking” and for its “musical maturity well beyond the years of its members”, the Attacca Quartet is currently celebrating its 15th season. Sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall and from Radio City Music Hall to National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Concerts, the Attacca Quartet is recognized as one of America’s best young ensembles. First Prize Winner of the Osaka and Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, the Attacca Quartet was Juilliard’s Graduate Resident String Quartet and Resident Quartet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art .
Hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall Beginning as invariably energetic and finely polished with earthy vigor, Catalyst Quartet is made up of the top laureates and alumni of the famous Sphinx competition. The ensemble has toured across the United States and internationally, including sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Harris Theater in Chicago, the New World Center in Miami, and the Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall.
The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom after a breathtaking sweep of the Banff Competition in 2013. Recently named the winner of the Cleveland Quartet Award and recipient of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Fellowship, the Dover has become one of the The world’s most requested ensembles, giving over 100 concerts in North America and Europe each year.
The New York-based Harlem Quartet has been hailed in the Cincinnati Enquirer for bringing a new attitude to classical music that is fresh, invigorating and intelligent. The Quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music and it has become known for its eclectic programming that combines music from the standard string quartet canon with jazz, Latin and contemporary works. From its public debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006, the ensemble thrilled audiences and students in 47 states as well as in Europe, Latin America, Japan and South Africa. Among his recordings is a Grammy-winning collaboration with jazz masters Chick Korea and Gary Burton.
Locally, nationally and internationally, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit is recognized as Metropolitan Detroit’s flagship organization for chamber music and one of the world’s leading chamber music providers. Dr Karl Haas, who moved to Detroit after fleeing Nazi Germany in the late 1930s, founded CMSDetroit as an informal gathering of music lovers in 1944. Also a broadcaster of popular classical music, he developed the Adventures in Good Music radio program, which eventually syndicated to over 400 radio stations nationwide.
During its first fifteen seasons, CMSDetroit performed concerts at the Detroit Institute of Arts, with ensembles comprised of leading musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Under the leadership of Dr. Zalman Tiny Konikow, CMSD has played a vital role in the preservation of Orchestra Hall and has enabled CMSDetroit to gain recognition nationally by developing annual concert relationships with major ensembles of the 20th century, especially the Guarneri, Cleveland, Tokyo. and Juilliard Quartets, Beaux Arts Trio, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and many others.
Today, CMSDetroit remains at the forefront of chamber music, presenting programs featuring the world’s most renowned artists as well as rising stars. The mainstay of the organization has long been its flagship Signature Series, held at the Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly hills MI for 20 years. Over the past decade, CMSDetroit has made a strategic effort to increase its services to the Southeast Michigan area, expanding its educational outreach programs, re-establishing a presence in the city of Detroit, and adding to its series of seasonal calendars in Detroit at Wayne State University. , in Rochester Hills at the University of Oakland, and, new this year, in Grosse Pointe and Canton.