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Our new Cedille Records recording "Illuminations" will be releasing on August 11, 2015!

The recording will include the Debussy Quartet, Stacy Garrop's Quartet No. 4 Illuminations (2011), Britten's Three Divertimenti and Alla marcia as well as Golijov's Tenebrae (2000). Stay tuned for details about the release party on Thursday August 13th!

Avalon String Quartet 2015-2016 Season in Chicago

The Avalon String Quartet returns for a fifth straight season to the Art Institute of Chicago with a four concert series in 2015-16. These concerts will feature the music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg, the 20th-Century Soviet composer whose music is now coming to the fore throughout the United States, including through the recent production of his opera The Passenger at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Weinberg’s music will be placed alongside repertoire of Beethoven, Shostakovich, Janacek and Britten to illuminate connections – biographical, historical, artistic and philosophical – with his contemporaries and predecessors. All concerts are Sundays at 2:00pm in historic Fullerton Hall, and open with ten-minute talks linking the afternoon’s program to artwork in the museum’s collection. These events are FREE with museum admission.

Polish-born and of Jewish descent, Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996) lived most of his adult life in the Soviet Union. His substantial compositional output was mostly ignored by Soviet authorities, but was championed by many preeminent Soviet musicians, including his close friend Dmitri Shostakovich. Weinberg’s music is now undergoing a revival in the West, in particular through productions of his opera The Passenger, a tale of life on a World War II submarine. Weinberg contributed significantly to the string quartet repertoire, with seventeen works spanning the range of his career.

On September 27, Weinberg’s Quartet #6 in E Minor will be presented alongside Shostakovich’s Quartet #4 in D Major, in a program exploring the Soviet Jewish experience. The November 22 program is a pairing of two inward-looking compositions: Weinberg’s Quartet # 14 and Beethoven’s Op. 130, including the monumental Grosse Fuge. The February 7 concert showcases works of great narrative intensity, with Janacek’s Quartet #2 “Intimate Letters” and Weinberg’s Quartet #7. The final program features two World War II compositions: Britten’s Quartet #2 and the Weinberg Piano Quintet, with pianist Winston Choi.

Other performances can be heard at Northern Illinois University and the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center in Rockford.


Art Institute of Chicago

Sundays at 2pm

I. Sept 27, 2015 Shostakovich Quartet No. 4 in D Major and Weinberg Quartet No. 6 in E Minor

II. Nov 22, 2015 Weinberg Quartet No. 14 and Beethoven Quartet Op. 130 in Bb

III. Feb 7, 2016 Weinberg Quartet No. 7 and Janacek Quartet No. 2 Intimate Letters

IV. April 24, 2016 Britten Quartet No. 2 in C Major and Weinberg Piano Quintet with Winston Choi, piano

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb

I. September 29, 2015

II. November 19, 2015

III. February 9, 2016

IV. April 21, 2015

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, Rockford

I. October 4, 2015

II. November 15, 2015

III. February 28, 2016

IV. April 10, 2016


Art Institute of Chicago- Fullerton Hall

111 S. Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60603

Tel: 312.443.3600

Free with admission to museum*Art tour following concert

Northern Illinois University

Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Music Building

DeKalb, IL 60115

Tel: 815.753.1551

*Live Webcasts

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center

415 North Church St

Rockford, IL 61103

Tel: : 815.964.9713

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