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2018-2019 Season

Join us! Bring a friend or make a new one. We can’t wait to see you there!

We are already looking forward to our 2018 – 2019 chamber music season. Starting in September we will return to the exquisite Hamilton Hall in Salem and  St. Paul’s Church in Brookline — two warm, intimate venues that get our audiences right into the musical action. As always we’ve filled our season with the music we ourselves most love to play — the music that excites and inspires us the most. So join us! Bring a friend or make a new one. We can’t wait to see you there..

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Our first concert, September 21 and 23, Intimate Letters, presents two works of late genius to open our season. Mozart’s Divertimento in E flat for string trio is extraordinary — even among the composer’s masterworks — with its supreme and eloquent beauty. Paired with this is Janáček’s second string quartet, “Intimate Letters.” Based on his unrequited passion for Kamila Stösslová, who also inspired him to write three operas with complex and sympathetic female leading roles, the quartet sounds like nothing written before or since, bursting through all boundaries with burning passion.

Trio of Trios, presented November 4 (Brookline) and 30 (Salem), brings you two of the most perfect and beloved piano trios of all time. Schubert’s late B-flat trio, written in the last year of his life, mirrors the composer’s shifting moods and generous spirit. The Mendelssohn D Minor trio, inspired by the Schubert, will sweep you into the composer’s romantic sound world. A new trio by Judith Weir based on the hymn O Viridissima Virga (O greenest branch) by the medieval mystic nun and composer Hildegard von Bingen, completes our program.

Last year audiences loved starting the new year with a pair of “symphonies for the living room” — works of explosive power and profound refinement. On January 4 and 6, (more) Art of the String Quintet begins 2019, with two more splendid string quintets: Mozart’s late operatic masterpiece in D and Dvorak’s tuneful quintet in E flat. Written in the US, this “American Quintet” is based partly on native and African American themes..

Pierrot, Mystery, & Romance is our theme for March 1 and 3 In 1915, Claude Debussy began work on a cycle of “six sonatas for various instruments” inspired by 18th century court music and images of Pierrot, the tragic clown, baying at the moon. We’ll perform two of the finished pieces (sonatas for cello and violin) as well as Schumann’s declamatory and poetic piano quintet. Rounding out the program will be our annual Mystery Piece competition: guess the composer and win a pair of free tickets!

April 12 and 14 are the dates for the final concerts of our season, String Theory. Mendelssohn’s passionate and romantic A minor quartet is unified by a theme taken from his song, “Is it true that you wait for me in the arbor?” Rounding out the program, joined by cellist Marcy Rosen, we have two works with two cellos: Arensky’s passionate quartet (violin, viola, two cellos) dedicated to the memory of Tchaikovsky, and a rarely-played and sparkling quintet by Boccherini.