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April Concert Review by Boston Musical Intelligencer

HomeFEATURE_April16Headlined “Unbeatable Choices from BAE” and referring to the “Sumptuous blend” that “could be another way of praising BAE’s Mozart. So, too, could sustainability, in their ability to maintain an elevated vision yet always with the spirit of human endeavor, which places BAE’s performance of the quintet at the top of my list.” Read the full review here.

January 2016 Performance Review by ArtsFuse

arts-fuse-header-for-web-site-01The January 10  BAE concert of string quartets by Bartók and Ravel drew praise from David Janssen from Boston’s ArtsFuse. Noting that the BAE “is serving up world class performances of chamber music” and delivered a performance “full of bravado, virtuosity, subtlety, and charm”, the review went on to express appreciation for the musician’s virtuosity and presentation of the pieces. “As gorgeous as the work may be, it is no less technically demanding than the Bartók. The virtuosity of the performers turned sounding beautiful into an easy task…The performers provided seamless intonation throughout the work; their detailing was particularly impressive during very bare spots in the third movement.” The full review can be read here on the ArtsFuse website.

Boston Musical Intelligencer reviews “South of the Rio Grande”

SouthRioGrande_ReviewThe November BAE concert of the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos and Alberto Ginastera drew kudos from the Boston Musical Intelligencer. Citing the possibility that “more downtowners will be eager to seek it (the BAE)  out in the leafy corner of Brookline, the publication lauded the programming and the performances.  Saying “the string quartet drawn from BAE’s roster offered up a sampler of some of the best quartet music ever produced south of the Rio Grande.” The full review can be read here on the Intelligencer website.

BAE Brookline Move Featured in “Wicked Local”

Jonathan_Tab_9-15” The Boston Artists Ensemble (BAE), a chamber music group known for providing deeply moving concerts, is moving itself.” The BAE’s move from Newton Centre to St. Paul’s Church in Brookline was the subject of a feature article in “Wicked Local Brookline” this week. Read the full article here.

(photo DailyNews/Ken McGagh)

Boston Artists Ensemble Presents Revolutionary Piano Trios in E-Flat

Boston Artists Ensemble will present our first chamber music program of the 2015/2016 season at historic Hamilton Hall in Salem, and St. Paul’s Church in Brookline on September 18 and September 20, respectively.  For our first program, Artistic Director Jonathan Miller has selected two revolutionary works for piano trio, both in the key of E-flat:  Beethoven’s Op. 70, No. 2 and Schubert’s Op. 100 (D. 929).  Mr. Miller will be joined by violinist Sharan Leventhal and pianist Randall Hodgkinson.

Hamilton Hall is located at 9 Chestnut Street, Salem.  The performance is on Friday evening, September 18, 2015 at 8 PM.  Please Note:  Hamilton Hall is a Registered National Historic Landmark and is not handicap accessible to the performance hall on the second floor.

St. Paul’s Church is located at 15 St. Paul Street, Brookline.  The performance is on Sunday afternoon, September 20, 2015 at 3 PM.

Tickets are available on-line at BostonArtistsEnsemble.org and may be purchased at the door before each performance (cash, credit card and checks are accepted at the door).  Season subscriptions and advance tickets can also be purchased on our website.

Edwin Barker, Bass

Barker_EdwinEdwin Barker graduated with honors from the New England Conservatory and was appointed at age twenty-two to the position of principal bassist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Barker continues to tour and perform internationally with the BSO and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. His other performances include the world premiere of James Yannatos’ Bass Concerto (which was written especially for him), the New England premiere of Gunther Schuller’s Bass Concerto, appearances at Tanglewood, Carnegie Recital Hall’s “Sweet and Low” series, and recitals at major universities and conferences throughout the world. Edwin Barker’s solo CD recordings include Three Sonatas for Double Bass, on Boston Records, and James Yannatos’ Variations for Solo Contrabass on Albany Records.

Saul Bitran, Violin

Bitran_SaulSaul Bitran is first violinist with the award-winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano, which was established in 1982 and is known worldwide as the main exponent of the string quartet literature by Latin American composers. Winner of the Latin Grammy in 2012, and nominated for two Grammys in 2002, the ensemble was Quartet in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pit
tsburgh between 1987 and 2008, where he was Associate Professor and Artist in Residence at CMU’s School of Music. In addition to the quartet, Bitran is the violinist with the Boston based Trio Tremonti, as well as Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. A graduate of the Rubin Academy of Tel Aviv, he played in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra during his stay, and was concertmaster and frequent soloist of several orchestras in that country. As first violinist of the Rubin Academy String Quartet, he performed throughout Israel and Europe.

 

Ginastera String Quartet No. 1 | Allegramente rusticano

Alberto Ginastera (1916 – 1983) was an Argentine composer considered to be one of the most important 20th century composers in the Americas. As part of our “South of the Border” concert/lecture at the Boston Public Library BAE musicians Bayla Keyes, Lucia Lin, Lila Brown, and Jonathan Miller perform the first movement of this exciting piece.

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Boston Artists Ensemble Ginastara String Quartet

Boston Artists Ensemble featured in Salem News

Today’s Salem News features BAE Artistic Director Jonathan Miller discussing Beethoven’s Opus 131 String Quartet, what’s “great” in music, and the wonderful acoustics in Hamilton Hall.

Link to the article here

Boston Artists Ensemble musicians Jonathan Miller, Kathryn Lockwood, Bayla Keyes, and Peter Zazofsky rehearse Beethoven's Opus 131.

Boston Artists Ensemble musicians Jonathan Miller, Kathryn Lockwood, Bayla Keyes, and Peter Zazofsky rehearse Beethoven’s Opus 131.

Boston Artists Ensemble to Present Music of Beethoven and Debussy

On Friday, December 5, at 8:00 PM in historic Hamilton Hall in Salem and again on Sunday, December 7 at 2:30 PM in beautiful Trinity Church in Newton Centre, the Boston Artists Ensemble will perform Beethoven’s String Trio in C minor, Opus 9, No. 3 and Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor, Opus 10. In addition our annual “Mystery Piece” invites our audience to guess the composer of an unannounced piece. The winner(s) receive free tickets to one of our upcoming performances.

Artists for these concerts are Bayla Keyes and Tatiana Dimitriades on violins, Kazuko Matsusaka on viola, and Jonathan Miller on cello.

There is ample parking is available at both locations. Tickets for all concerts are available at the door, or may be reserved by telephone.
Ticket prices are $27 for the general public, $24 for senior citizens and $12 for students.

Jonathan Miller to Perform Elgar Cello Concerto on November 9

Jonathan Miller CelloBoston Artists Ensemble Artistic Director Jonathan Miller will perform the Elgar Cello Concerto, Opus 85 in E minor with the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra on November 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm. The concert will take place at Swampscott High school. This program also includes Rossini’s Overture to La Gazza Ladra and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, Opus 68, in C minor. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and free for children under 13. To purchase tickets, click here.

Music from the Time of Louis Comfort Tiffany

Boston's Tiffany Mansion

Boston’s Tiffany Mansion

On Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 pm, BAE Artistic Director Jonathan Miller and Pianist Marc Ryser will perform cello sonatas of Janacek, Debussy, and Henry Cowell at Boston’s Ayer Mansion — the country’s only surviving residence created by famed American artist and designer, Louis Comfort Tiffany. Tickets may be purchased online at AyerMansion.org

 

BAE Season Opens in Hamilton Hall to a Full House

BAE at Hamilton Hall

The Boston Artists Ensemble kicked off its 2014-15 season in its new Salem venue — historic Hamilton Hall on Chestnut Street. BAE musicians Sharan Leventhal, Jonathan Miller, and Randall Hodgkinson performed piano trios of Haydn, Dvorak, and Shostakovich to a full and enthusiastic house.

BAE Artistic Director Jonathan Miller said, ” We are delighted to perform in this elegant space — and the acoustic are superb.” The group will repeat this performance on Sunday, September 21 at Trinity Church in Newton Centre