World renowned guitarist Lily Afshar joins the Blair String Quartet in Boccherini’s D Major Quintet and the Usher Waltz Fantasia for Guitar and String Quartet by Nikita Koshkin. The Blair Quartet, in residence at Vanderbilt University, will perform the gorgeous A minor Quartet by Johannes Brahms.
Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” has been called “the most ethereally beautiful music of the twentieth century.” Performed by Andre Dyachenko, Marcin Arendt, Kimberly Patterson, and Adrienne Park, this masterpiece will inspire and enlighten. As will Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata. A concert not to be missed!
Back by popular demand, soprano Kallen Esperian, tenor Philip Himebook, and pianist Gary Beard present a concert filled with Christmas cheer and glorious music – carols, arias, art songs – The Works! What a wonderful gift to a loved one, a dear friend, or to yourself!
Italian born violinist Roberto Cani, and Russian born pianist Inna Faliks, based in Los Angeles, will present a concert of virtuosic duos, including Beethoven’s glorious Kreutzer Sonata, and Ravel’s sparkling violin sonata. Let’s celebrate Inna’s return to Memphis, and the inspiration of genius composers.
What could be more romantic than Schumann’s Piano Quintet! Dedicated to his wife Clara, a virtuoso pianist, our virtuoso pianist Michael Gurt and the Ceruti String Quartet will bring this pillar of romantic chamber music to life. Also the Ceruti will perform a Beethoven quartet in celebration of his 250th birthday year.
Please welcome violinist Anna Berntson, cellist Victor Minke Huls, and pianist Natasha Moran in a performance of masterworks by Haydn, Croation composer Dora Pejacevic, and Brahms – all in C Major. And yes, Victor is the gifted son of former Memphis Symphony members, violinist Max Huls and cellist Linda Minke.
Maestro Robert Moody presents eight artists from our Memphis Symphony in a sumptuous musical feast by Handel, Beethoven, Poulenc, Mahler, and Brahms. A perfect opportunity to hear, up close and personal – Barrie Cooper, Ruth Valente Burgess, Adrienne Park, Andre Dyachenko, Joey Salvalaggio, Susanna Whitney, Aaron Tubergen, and Caroline Kinsey!
We are delighted to welcome back two favorite artists, cellist Leonardo Altino and pianist Victor Asunçion. They have planned a concert of Russian masterworks: Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, Prokofiev’s great C Major Sonata, and the famous, well-beloved Rachmaninoff Sonata. A spectacular close to a spectacular season!
Pianist William Ransom and members of the Vega Quartet, in residence at Emory University, perform a beautiful and varied program of piano quartets by Mozart, Turina, and Brahms. We’ll hear emotional depth, sweeping melodies, and plenty of fireworks. Join us for a grand beginning of our 31st season!
Joy Brown Wiener and Barrie Cooper, solo violins, Joey Salvalaggio, oboe, and Alexandra Snyder Dunbar, harpsichord are joined by Memphis Symphony strings in this Baroque Extravaganza, with a little Mozart thrown in. The great Bach Double violin concerto, Vivaldi’s “Winter,” Bach’s Oboe and Violin concerto, and Mozart’s Oboe Quartet. AND – the opportunity to experience Ballet Memphis!
Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings, composed when he was only 16, has been called “one of the miracles of 19th century music.” The Ceruti and Blair String Quartets join forces to bring this brilliant work to life. In addition, the Blair will perform Haydn’s Quartet, Op. 20, No. 6, and the Ceruti Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue, Op.133.
What could be better than an afternoon of musical gems performed by Memphis musical stars! Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, Debussy’s Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp, and Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro – Andre Dyachenko, clarinet, Elise Blatchford, fl ute, Frances Cobb, harp, Marisa Polesky and Yennifer Correia, violins, Jennifer Puckett, viola, and Jonathan Kirckscey, cello. Enjoy! Series
Chopin, Wieniawski, Szymanowski – famous composers all, will be heard in our concert dedicated to the music of Poland. Violinist Marcin Arendt, a Polish native, cellist Kimberly Patterson and pianist Adrienne Park perform. A special feature will be songs by Anatol Arendt, Marcin’s grandfather, sung by Rebecca Arendt. A rare opportunity not to be missed!
Russian born pianist Inna Faliks tells her story in music and narrative of her journey from Odessa to America, how she became a concert pianist, and found the love of her life – Again! The tale evolves through the music of Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Shchedrin, and Gershwin. You might need a hankie!
Beloved Memphis diva, Kallen Esperian, gifted pianist Gary Beard, and exciting young tenor Philip Himebook have planned a concert of Christmas and operatic favorites. We are privileged to celebrate the season in the home of the late Blanche and John Millard, courtesy of their family. Join us!
The Ceruti String Quartet, in residence at the Rudi Scheidt School of Music, continues its Beethoven cycle, an exploration of the great composer’s 16 string quartets. Our concert features Op. 18, No. 4 in C minor and Op. 131 in C sharp minor. Come hear the beauty and majesty of these powerful works!
With great joy we welcome back three favorite artists – Victor Asunçion, piano, Giora Schmidt, violin, and Leonardo Altino, cello. They will perform Beethoven’s Archduke Trio, regarded by many as the greatest of all piano trios, and Mendelssohn’s D minor Trio, one of his most popular works. A WOW concert!
We are thrilled to open our 30th Season with the eagerly anticipated reunion of pianist Michael Gurt, violinist Susanna Perry Gilmore, and cellist Astrid Schween. Our dream team will perform two Russian masterpieces – the Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky piano trios. A great beginning!
Join us for a tribute to all mothers, and women in music. Violinist Soh-Hyun Park Altimo and pianist Jeannie Yu will perform compositions by Amy Beach, Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, Lili Boulanger, and Chen Yi. A concert filled with beauty, wit, and powerfdul emotional content. Bring your mom for a treat, or bring as friend, or just come to enjoy glorious music!
Memphis' own string quartet, The Ceruti, in residence at the Rudi Scheidt School of Music, continues its exploration of Beethoven, performing Beethoven’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No.2; and Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No.1 (Razumovsky). What a grand opportunity, and what a gift to music lovers in our city!
We are thrilled to welcome home two of Memphis' most gifted, sought after artists, sisters Maeve Brophy, piano and Linnaea Brophy, violin. They will perform Shubert's challenging Fantasy for Violin and Piano, and the powerful Franck Sonata. As a solo, Maeve will share Rachmaninoff's beautiful Moments Musicaux. High art at its best!
Memphis Symphony principals Marisa Polesky, violin, and Andre Dyachenko, clarinet, and Adrienne Park, piano, perform trios by Darius Milhaud and Aram Khachaturian - such great pieces! They are joined by New Ballet Ensemble dancers in a specially choreographed chamber version of Stravinsky's "L'Historie du Soldat." Celebrate music, dance, and the visual arts!
Alexandra Snyder Dunbar, harpsichord, Timothy Shiu, violin, and Joshua Keller, viola da gamba, transport us to the world of Bach and his colleagues, and those whom he influenced. Their performance, on period instruments, features the best of the Baroque and beyond in a perfect setting.
Pianist Michael Gurt has thrilled our audiences as a consummate chamber musician time and again. Now we get to hear him as the extraordinary soloist he is. Our concert features Haydn's famous E flat Sonata, Chopin's powerful B flat minor Sonata, and the magnificent Liszt Sonata. Fasten your seat belts!
Kimberly Patterson, cello and Patrick Sutton, guitar, awaken our senses to the enigmatic sound world of a seldom heard, but perfectly paired, instrumental combination. Compositions by Hector Villa-Lobos and Ricardo Iznaola will leave you with a nostalgia for "La Belle Epoque" of Paris. Join us for an exciting, exotic afternoon of chamber music. Explore your wild side!
In collaboration with Concerts International, we are proud to present the Julliard String Quartet. This world class ensemble will enlighten and inspire us with their insights into three gems from the quartet repertoire: Beethoven's Op. 18, No. 5, Haydn's Op. 76, No. 5, and Beethoven's Op. 127. Masters of Music performing Music of Masters!
We joyfully open our season with two favorite piano trios performed by three favorite musicians: pianist Victor Asuncion, violinist Giora Schmidt, and cellist John-Henry Crawford. Their program includes Dvorak's exhilarating Dumkey Trio and Smetana's haunting Trio in E minor, with perhaps a surprise or two. A great beginning to a great season!