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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 delighted to present our 2019 – 2020 chamber music season. Starting in September we will return to the exquisite and historic Hamilton Hall in Salem and acoustically brilliant  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 never fails to excite and inspire us. 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 Kreutzer Sonata, the work depicts a relationship spinning wildly into jealousy and rage. Janáček quartets are always loved by our audiences.

Kaleidoscope

Due to an unexpected illness, we have not received our cello sonata commission and will be changing our November program. We wish the composer a speedy recovery and look forward to presenting this new work in our 2020-21 season. We are instead programing the incredible Bach Sonata for Solo Violin in C major.  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 romantic and intoxicating 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 string 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 zorziko 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 Cut on April 24 and 26. Mozart’s joyful B-flat Trio joins the Chopin Cello Sonata on the first half of the program, one of only three 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.