postlude ANTHONY DE MARE, piano
Maverick Chamber Music Festival

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Reserved Hall Seats: $50.00, $29.00, $25.00 (partial obstruction)
General Admission/Outdoors/Uncovered: $20.00, Students: $10.00

Gabriel Fauré and His World II: Last Words

Fauré: String Quartet in E Minor (1924)
Tan Dun: Eight Colors (1986)
Schumann: Quartet in A Major, Op.41 No.3

Alexandra Kaxovsky, violin
Amit Even-Tov, cello
Gershon Gerchikov, violin
Jan Grüning , viola


Gabriel Fauré and His World III: Faure and Copland

Fauré: Nine Preludes, op.109
Aaron Copland:
Three Moods (1921)
Four Piano Blues (1926)
Our Town Suite: “The Story of Our Town”

Distinguished by its virtuosity, probing musical insight, and impassioned, fiery performances, the Ariel Quartet has garnered critical praise worldwide for more than twenty years. Formed when the members were just teenagers studying at the Jerusalem Academy Middle School of Music and Dance in Israel, the Ariel was named a recipient of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, granted by Chamber Music America in recognition of artistic achievement and career support. Celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2023, the Quartet serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where they direct the chamber music program and present a concert series in addition to maintaining a busy touring schedule in the United States and abroad.

Recent highlights include the Ariel Quartet’s sold-out Carnegie Hall debut, a series of performances at Lincoln Center together with pianist Inon Barnatan and the Mark Morris Dance Group, as well as the release of a Brahms and Bartók album for Avie Records. In 2020, the Ariel gave the U.S. premiere of the Quintet for Piano and Strings by Daniil Trifonov, with the composer as pianist for the Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati.

Anthony de Mare is one of the world’s foremost champions of contemporary music. His versatility over the past three decades has inspired the creation of over 75 new works by some of today’s most distinguished artists including Steve Reich, Wynton Marsalis, Nico Muhly, Annie Gosfield, Fred Hersch, Ethan Iverson, Meredith Monk, Mason Bates and Andy Akiho. The Chicago Sun Times says “de Mare’s passion and vision almost radiate from the stage … he causes all involved –composers, performer and audience members –to think about how music is made and how we listen to it.”

Known for his entrepreneurial performance projects, he continues to expand the boundaries of the repertoire, which includes the speaking-singing pianist genre that he pioneered over 25 years ago with the premiere of Rzewski’s “De Profundis”, based on the writings of Oscar Wilde. The piece remains one of his signatures — this past season, New York Classical Review described a recent performance as “gripping and moving … a living thing on stage, as if one was sitting in de Mare’s home, listening to him tell his own story. This was an ideal meeting of composer and interpreter — a unique and wonderful experience.”

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