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2016-2017 Season

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We are delighted to announce our 2016 – 2017 chamber music season. Starting in September we will return to the exquisite Hamilton Hall in Salem and to our new home in Brookline at St. Paul’s Church — a stunning combination of acoustics and intimacy that has brought our audiences even closer to the performance.

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We begin our season on September 23 and 25 with the aptly titled Beginnings — Opus 1 trios from Beethoven and Schumann as well as a World Premiere of “Three Chorales”, a cello sonata by Judith Weir. Ms. Weir has recently succeeded Sir Peter Maxwell Davies with a prestigious appointment as Master of the Queen’s Music. Her music is profound and yet immediately charming, often embodying folk elements from distant sources.

On November 11 and 13, we present Darkness and Light — two outstanding string quartets of Szymanowski and Beethoven. The Szymanowski is a fascinating and dark work, infused with rhapsodic and utterly unique harmonies channeling his lifelong interest in the Goral folk music from the Tatra mountains of Poland. The celebrated Beethoven Opus 59 quartets mark the composer’s breakthrough into the breathtaking and brilliant originality of his middle period.

We’ll start the new year with concerts on January 6 and 8 with Court to Countryside. The court is that of Friedrich Wilhelm II with a performance of Mozart’s “King of Prussia” Quartet No. 23. Also commissioned by the aristocracy is Opus 59, No. 3 of Beethoven. We will delight in the genius of this creation, and the thrilling great fugue that is the last movement. Bartók’s love of Hungarian folk melodies are expressed in his String Quartet No. 3 to take us to the countryside with this intense and concise masterpiece.

Czech Masters are the theme on  March 10 and 12. Janáček’s “Pohádka” is combined with  Dvořák’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in D and a wonderful, rarely-heard piano quintet by Martinů for an inspiring and folkloric concert that also includes our annual “Mystery Piece”.

We will end our season with a meditation on time and life on April 21 and 23. We have named this concert Time Regained as we explore Messiaen’s ethereally beautiful meditation on war and paradise, “Quartet for the End of Time”. Schubert’s “Trout” quintet — an eternal favorite — brings us to the joyful present: a veritable fountain of wonderful tunes, dancing rhythms, and amazing surprises.