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2019-2020 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 2019 – 2020 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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The Enlightenment and Beyond

September 20 and 22, We open our season with Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F, an early masterpiece featuring BSO principal oboist John Ferrillo. Beethoven’s String Trio in D, another early masterpiece, rounds out the first half of the program. If Mozart and Beethoven give us the sounds of the Enlightenment, Janáček moves us beyond with his intense and brooding first String Quartet. Written in outrage at the misogyny in Tolstoy’s classic story, the work depicts a relationship spinning wildly into jealousy and rage. Janáček quartets are always loved by our audiences.

Kaleidoscope

We’re proud of our commitment to new music.  Our second concert, Kaleidoscope, on November 8 and 10includes the world premiere of a new work for Cello and Piano by Harold Melzer, commissioned by Artistic Director Jonathan Miller. This accompanies the beloved Beethoven variations based on a theme from The Magic Flute singing the praises of love and equality. Two additional jewels complete our program — Turina’s intoxicating romantic Piano Trio, and Granados’ fiery Piano Quintet.

Mozart x 2

String quintets have been called “symphonies for the living room” — they are works of explosive power and profound refinement. We begin 2020 on January 3 and 5 with two Mozart quintets, both late masterpieces — K. 516 and K. 614 — that will transport our audiences from darkness to light. The G minor is dark and melancholic, turbulent and wistful, before ending with a sunny allegro in a major key. The E-flat quintet, written at the same time as the Magic Flute (also based E flat), is Mozart’s last serious chamber work, and full of celebration and joy.

French Connection

On March 13 and 15 we bring you two Gallic piano trios of inspiration and refinement. Saint-Saëns’ first Piano Trio was inspired by a holiday in the Pyrenees. Ravel’s Trio, dedicated to his counterpoint and theory teacher, opens with a Basque dance zoriko rhythm and uses the extreme ranges of its instruments to create a rich texture of sound. The program is rounded off with our popular Mystery Piece competition — guess right, and win a pair of free tickets!

Director’s Cut

While every program is full of the music we love to play, we’re especially looking forward to sharing our final program, Director’s Cuton April 24 and 26. Mozart’s joyful B-flat Trio joins the Chopin Cello Sonata on the first half, one of only two chamber pieces by this master of miniatures. The program is rounded out with Brahms’ thrilling Piano Quartet in G Minor. His first major public success, the piece closes out our season with a brilliant Roma-inspired finale featuring percussive strumming effects.