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Jerusalem String Quartet Shines in Asheville Amadeus Festival

By Ted McIrvine March 17, 2017 Classical Voice of North Carolina How appropriate that the same string instrument that enunciated the initial heroic theme should begin this movement with the enunciation of the difficulties inherent in a real life. I cannot remember a better performance of this third movement. The ensemble moved without pause (“attaca”) from the [...]

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Amazing Performance by Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet in Asheville

By Ted McIrvine February 12, 2017 Classical Voice of North Carolina “Spectral breadth yet unity.” If I were to sum up this concert and this ensemble in four words, these would be the words. Hearing the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet in live concert for the first time on Sunday caused me to recalibrate my idea of the sound of [...]

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The American String Quartet’s Stellar Performance of Three Classics Plays to a Sell-Out House

By Laura McDowell March 4, 2016 Classical Voice of North Carolina The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville was packed to the gills for one of the finest concerts of this 63rd season of the Asheville Chamber Music Series. The American String Quartet, which began in 1976 when its original members were students at The Julliard School, demonstrated their complete mastery of [...]

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Gary Hoffman and Cecile Licad – A Dynamic Duo

December 4, 2015 by Jason DeCristofaro of the Classical Voice of North Carolina The concert opened with Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 3, Op. 69. This work proved to be an excellent showcase for both musicians. Hoffman captured the expansive six measure cello solo with all the bravura one would expect of a soloist. When joined by Licad’s soft [...]

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Ariel String Quartet Plays a Spectacular Program of Haydn, Bartók, and Beethoven

By Laura McDowell September 25, 2015 Classical Voice of North Carolina The Ariel Quartet is known for their performance of this challenging work and they took to it like greeting an old friend. Central to the quartet, both in form and in spiritual depth, is the famous third movement, which Beethoven titled “Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen” (A [...]

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Chamber Music Lives in Trio Cavatina

April 10, 2015 by Jason DeCristofaro of the Classical Voice of North Carolina The music of the Romantic era often possesses a narrative element, telling a story through sound. For the last concert this season of the Asheville Chamber Music Series, Trio Cavatina displayed their mastery as musical storytellers, infusing works by Schumann and Schubert with dramatic energy. There was [...]

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An Evening of Superlatives: Asheville’s Amadeus Festival Opens with the Incomparable Brentano Quartet

3-17-2015 by Laura McDowell of the Classical Voice of North Carolina Asheville, a city teeming with its unique brand of energy and creativity, seems a fitting place to launch a new music festival. The Asheville Amadeus Festival, which pays homage to Mozart’s genius with both high-brow and whimsical events, culminates in a final concert by the Asheville [...]

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Two ACMS “Alums” Exciting News!

Two of the Chamber Music “alums” from the 2013 season have been featured in the news this month. Jason Vieaux, the classical guitarist, who performed with the Escher Quartet as the opening concert of the 2013-14 season has won the Grammy Award for the best instrumental solo album for his album PLAY. In addition to [...]

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Opal String Quartet: Small Ensemble, Big Sound

2-1-2015 by Rachel Anthony of the Classical Voice of North Carolina As the players began Corelli’s Trio Sonata, Op. 1, No. 1, in F Major, the ensemble exuded a beautiful blend of harmonies; no one part overshadowed the other. This piece featured four rather short and lively, varied movements. The ensemble breathed together, swaying into each [...]

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The St. Lawrence String Quartet Sheds New Light on Two Great Standards

11-16-2014 by Laura McDowell of the Classical Voice of North Carolina The third concert of the Asheville Chamber Music Series at the city’s Unitarian Universalist Church was unlike any chamber music program I’ve heard. Clearly on an educational mission, the St. Lawrence String Quartet programmed only two works, Haydn’s String Quartet in C, Op. 76, [...]

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