Love and Life Launch a Season at The Friends!

The Friends of Chamber Music

The 2017-18 Season of The Friends of Chamber Music roars in this fall, beginning on October 8th! We’ve made some big changes in a direct response to our audience’s feedback at the end of last season that we are thrilled to announce: all concerts are now free for children 17 and under, student and senior tickets have been lowered to $10 and are now available by calling the box office the week before the concert, and our new Young Friends program will enable more families to attend our concerts and engage children with our guest artists.

Co-artistic directors Stephen Stubbs and Paul Odette unite an all-star roster of musicians on October 8th from the Boston Early Music Festival – the largest and among the most important festivals of its kind. An ensemble of six instrumentalists and four singers performs an enchanting selection from the chamber duets of Agostino Steffani, punctuated with instrumental interludes in a program entitled “Duets of Love and Longing.” Considered his crowning achievements by his contemporaries, as well as the composer himself, Steffani’s duets became a model of contrapuntal writing for later composers, including George Frideric Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach.

On October 27th, The Pavel Haas String Quartet is the first in a season of unusually exceptional string quartets performing. No strangers to praise and accolades, the Haas gives special focus to the music of their native Czech Republic. Their performances are routinely showered with superlatives from the most conservative of critics. Gramophone described their most recent recording of the Smetana quartets — famed composer of their native Czech Republic — as “a masterclass in imagination” and in noting the poignancy and richness of the quartet’s timbre wrote “at times it’s hard to believe you are in the presence of only four players, so intense is the sound.” Audiences will hear Smetana’s “From my Life” quartet, a work inspired as the composer was transformed by the experience of World War I.

Heralded as “the most exciting piano trio in America” (The New Yorker), The Washington Post proclaimed Trio Solisti “has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber music ensemble of its kind.” Pianist Fabio Bidini makes his first of two appearances on the 2017-18 season showcasing his impressive command of both genres: as a soloist and a chamber musician. This will be the first performance of our season to be held in the intimate setting of The 1900 Building with its new and improved acoustics. Let Trio Solisti transport you across old Europe with their artistic wizardry on November 3rd.

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