Only the Good Die Young: Mozart, Mendelssohn & Schubert

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Sunday, August 10, 7:30 pm at The Otesaga Resort Hotel

American String Quartet, photo by Peter Schaaf.

The maturity, depth and talent demonstrated by these timeless geniuses are the more remarkable given that none of them lived to see his fortieth birthday.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Flute Quartet No. 1 in D Major, K285
Felix Mendelssohn String Quartet in E flat , Op.12
Franz Schubert String Quintet in C major, D. 956, Op. posth. 163

Performers: The American String Quartet, Alan Stepansky, cello and Linda Chesis, flute

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“From this combination of individual brilliance and ensemble perfection emerges one of the best quartets of our time.” — Darmstädter Echo on the American String Quartet

The AMERICAN STRING QUARTET (Peter Winograd, violin; Laurie Carney, violin; Daniel Avshalomov, viola; and Wolfram Koessel, cello) is internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost quartets. Many of today’s leading artists and composers seek out the Quartet for col­lab­o­ra­tions. The Quartet is also known for its performances of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartók, and Mozart. The Quartet’s recordings of the complete Mozart string quartets on a matched set of Stradivarius instruments are widely held to set the standard for this repertoire.

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, the Quartet recorded an ambitious CD, Schubert’s Echo, released by NSS Music. The program invites the listener to appreciate the influence of Schubert on two masterworks of early 20th-century Vienna. In addition to quartets by European masters, the American naturally per­forms quartets by American com­pos­ers.

The American also champions contemporary music. The Quartet has commissioned and premiered works by distinguished American composers Claus Adam, Richard Danielpour, Kenneth Fuchs, Tobias Picker, and George Tsontakis. The Quartet has recorded on the Albany, CRI, MusicMasters, Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch, and RCA labels. The Quartet’s discography includes works by Adam, Corigliano, Danielpour, Dvořák, Fuchs, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, and Tsontakis.

The Quartet’s innovative programming and creative approach to education has resulted in notable residencies throughout the country. The Quartet continues as quartet in residence at the Manhattan School of Music (1984–present) and the Aspen Music Festival (1974–present). The ASQ also teaches in Beijing, China, and travels widely abroad. Formed in 1974 when its original members were students at The Juilliard School, the American String Quartet was launched by winning both the Coleman Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in the same year. For more information, go to the American String Quartet website.

ALAN STEPANSKY, served as Principal Cellist of the Boston Pops and associate Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic. He is Professor of Cello at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and at the Manhattan School of Music. He has performed as a guest artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and has appeared in concert with Isaac Stern, Emanuel Ax, Renee Fleming, and the Takacs String Quartet. He records on the EMI label. He has also appeared on the albums of David Byrne, Natalie Merchant, Audra McDonald, Joss Stone, and Sting; and has been engaged as the solo cellist for major motion picture soundtracks.

Linda ChesisFlutist LINDA CHESIS is founder and artistic director of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival. She is a member of the flute faculty and chair of the Woodwind Department at the Manhattan School of Music. She has been hailed by critics on three continents as one of the most exciting and dynamic flutists of her generation. The top prize winner at the Paris and Barcelona International competitions, and at the National Flute Association Competition, Ms. Chesis has performed with orchestras and in solo recitals throughout the US, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Korea. Her recordings can be heard on the EMI, Nonesuch and Music Masters labels. More about Linda Chesis…

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