Announcing the Avalon String Quartet Beethoven Cycle 2011-2012
The Avalon Quartet is pleased to be presenting the Beethoven String Quartet Cycle in the Chicago area this coming season. Concerts at Northern Illinois University will be broadcast live on WFMT 98.7 FM, and webcast on the NIU Music website.
The nine-concert cycle at Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago will be presented with brief commentary linking the music to art from the museum’s collection; each concert will be followed by an optional gallery walk led by an AIC presenter.
The six-concert cycle will also be presented at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center in Rockford.
Concerts with the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association in Oak Park will benefit local charities and organizations.
Art Institute of Chicago
Sundays at 2pm
I. Oct 23, 2011 Op 18 No 3 and 135
II. Nov 13, 2011 Op 95 and Op 18 No 1
III. Dec 4, 2011 Op 18 No 5 and Op 18 No 2
IV. Jan 29, 2012 Op 74 and 132
V. Feb 26, 2012 Op 18 No 4 and Op 127
VI. March 18, 2012 Op 18 No 6 and Op 133 Grosse Fugue
VII. April 15, 2012 Op 130 & 131
VIII. May 20, 2012 Cancelled due to G8 Summit, Op 131 moved to 4/15/12
IX. June 3, 2012 Op 59 Nos 1, 2 and 3
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb
Wednesdays at 8pm
I. Oct 26, 2011 Op 18 No 3, Op 95 and Op 135
II. Dec 7, 2011 Op 18 Nos 2, 5 and 1
III. Feb 1, 2012 Op 18 No 4, Op 74 and Op 132
IV. Mar 21, 2012 Op 18 No 6, Op 133 Grosse Fugue and Op 127
V. April 18, 2012 Op 130 and Op 131
VI. August TBA, Op 59 Nos 1, 2 and 3
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, Rockford
Fridays at 7pm
I. Oct 21, 2011 Op 18 No 3, Op 95 and Op 135
II. Dec 2, 2011 Op 18 Nos 2, 5 and 1
III. Jan 27, 2012 Op 18 No 4, Op 74 and Op 132
IV. Mar 16, 2012 Op 18 No 6, Op 133 Grosse Fugue and Op 127
V. April 13, 2012 Op 130 and Op 131
VI. June 1, 2012 Op 59 Nos 1, 2 and 3
The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, Oak Park
Wednesdays at 3pm
I. Oct 19, 2011 Beethoven Op 18 No 3 and Op 135
II. Nov 9, 2011 Op 95 and Op 18 No 1
III. Nov 30, 2011 Op 18 No 5 and Op 18 No 2
IV. Jan 25, 2012 Op 74 and Op 132
V. Feb 22, 2012 Op 18 No 4 and Op 127
VI. March 14, 2012 Op 18 No 6 and Op 133 Grosse Fugue
VII. April 11, 2012 Op 130
VIII. May 16, 2012 Op 131
IX. May 23, 2012 Op 59 No 1
X. May 30, 2012 Op 59 No 2 and Op 59 No 3
Art Institute of Chicago- Fullerton Hall
111 S. Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60603
Free with admission to museum*Art tour following concert
Northern Illinois University
Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Music Building
DeKalb, IL 60115
*Live Broadcast on WFMT-98.7 FM radio
*Live Webcasts http://niu.edu/Music/media/webcasts.shtml
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center
415 North Church St
Rockford, IL 61103
Tel: : 815.964.9713
The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association of Oak Park
178 Forest Ave
Oak Park, IL 60301
A new CD has been released to critical acclaim! This is a selection of contemporary works that were premiered by the Avalon Quartet. It can be purchased on Amazon.com.
Hayes Biggs, composer
O Sapientia/Steal Away
Ethan Wickman, composer
Stephen Gryc, composer
David Macbride, composer
"It would be hard to overpraise the polished, adroit, deeply musical and sheerly gorgeous playing of the Avalon String Quartet, superbly complemented by Albany's vivid, powerful, sonics. Together they make the best possible case for the music."
American Record Guide
"There are so many fine young string quartets these days that the Avalon may have not yet come to your attention. It should. They play the Biggs piece with passion and precision, sensitively varied colors, and impeccable pacing."
Secret Geometry - Blog of James Primosch
"Four worthwhile works...all deserving of a place in the repertoire. The impressive Avalon String Quartet does them a huge service."
Phillip Scott, Fanfare
"If there is any question as to whether newly composed music played by one of the premier quartets of our time can be fun, inspiring, whimsical, melodic, and user-friendly, this CD should put all qualms to rest. Yes, folks, there is music being written and performed that doesn't need a light show or sexy dancers to be fascinating."
David Wolman, Fanfare
2010-2011 Chicago Concert Series
The Avalon String Quartet's 2010-2011 three-concert Chicago series explores different intersections of the string quartet and the human voice.
The opening concert features string chamber music by characteristically operatic composers. The second focuses on the Viennese song tradition. The third features works by American composers, including a seminal quartet work based on the rhythm of the English language.
September 23, 2010 - "Opening Night at the Opera"
Puccini: Crisantemi for String Quartet
Britten: Three Divertimenti (1936)
Verdi: String Quartet in e minor
Mozart: String Quintet in C Major, K. 515
With Roger Chase, viola
February 10, 2011 - "Viennese Song"
Berg: Lyric Suite
With Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano
Schubert: String Quartet in d minor, "Death and the Maiden"
April 27, 2011 -- "American Voices"
Harold Meltzer: Aqua for String Quartet 2011
Reich: Different Trains
Amy Beach: Quintet for Piano and Strings
With William Koehler, piano
Single tickets are $25, or a three-concert subscription is $60. Student and senior discount tickets are available for $10 with a valid ID.
Performances will take place in the Gottlieb Hall of the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center at Merit School of Music, 38 South Peoria Street in Chicago.
To order tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com or call Ticket Hotline 1.800.838.3006.