“There’s a reason they call it chamber music. And music doesn’t get any more chamber than
when it’s played in the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s intimate music room.”
James Chute, San Diego Union-Tribune, February 15, 2011
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is one of the few places in San
Diego where you can enjoy chamber music as it was intended - in an intimate
venue. The Athenaeum's Chamber Concert Series began in 1990 and was renamed
the Barbara and William Karatz Chamber Concert Series in 2003. Held in
the library’s 160-seat Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room, the six-concert
annual series features internationally recognized classical musicians
and ensembles, each followed by a private reception with the artists.
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is proud to present its 25th anniversary season of the Barbara and William Karatz Chamber Concert Series. Enjoy chamber music as it was intended—in a warm, intimate setting, where you are treated as a guest in our historic home. All concerts are followed by a private reception with the artists.
These concerts are made possible in part, thanks to funding from the City
of San Diego through a program managed by the Commission for Arts and Culture
and the County of San Diego.
The series opens on October 28, 2014 with Luca Pisaroni. Fresh from appearing at Covent Garden in the title role of Le nozze di Figaro and the Metropolitan Opera to sing Caliban in the baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island and Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Italian baritone Luca Pisaroni leads our series with Lieder repertoire. Pisaroni recently performed in the Salzburg Festival for Guglielmo in Così fan tutte under Christoph Eschenbach. He reprised this role, in 2014, at the Wiener Staatsoper, where he also took on the role of Enrico VIII in Anna Bolena. His diverse repertoire also includes performances of Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, and San Francisco Opera; Leporello at Glyndebourne, the Metropolitan Opera, and Tanglewood, with the Boston Symphony under James Levine; Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at Glyndebourne; Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; and Tiridate in Radamisto at Santa Fe Opera.
The second concert will take place on November 20 with Adrian Liu. A gold medal winner of the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented (AADGT) Passion of Music Festival 2014, and a member of the first place–winning piano trio in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, Adrian has performed at Carnegie Hall and with the San Diego Symphony. In addition to piano, Adrian also studies violin and chamber music. A sophomore at Dehesa Charter School, Adrian began playing piano at the age of five.
The New Trio
The third concert in the series is on December 3 with The New Trio. A wonderful return of three amazing musicians who have played on our series before but in different ensembles, and have now fused their talent together to form the New Trio. Since its inception in 2006, the New Trio has appeared throughout the United States to popular and critical acclaim, emerging as one of the preeminent piano trios of its generation. The trio has given performances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, and chamber music series and festivals across the country. They performed for President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and late Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy, at the Cooper Union’s Great Hall in New York City, as well as collaborating with violinist Itzhak Perlman. The New Trio has been in residence at The Juilliard School and New England Conservatory.
The Calidore String Quartet
On January 16, 2015 we continue with Calidore String Quartet. One of the most exciting young ensembles to emerge on the chamber music scene in recent years, the internationally prize-winning Calidore String Quartet (violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi) is noted for its fiery brilliance, breadth of musicianship, and palpable energy that engages audiences. Formed at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles in 2010, the Calidore String Quartet has presented recitals across the United States and Europe to great acclaim. The Calidore has collaborated with many esteemed artists and ensembles, including Joshua Bell, Menahem Pressler, Quatuor Ébène and Angel Romero, among others. Using an amalgamation of “California” and doré (French for “golden”), the ensemble’s name represents a reverence for the diversity of culture and the strong support it has received from its home base in Los Angeles, California, “The Golden State.”
February 2, 2015 will feature the Alexandre Tharaud. This incredible, globally sought-after French pianist will premiere his new recital here at the Athenaeum and then goes on to Carnegie Hall and Chicago later in 2015. An artist of unique vision and originality, Alexandre Tharaud is heralded for his brilliantly conceived programs and best–selling recordings that range from Bach, Chopin, Rameau, and Ravel to music inspired by Paris cabaret of the 1920’s. Alexandre has appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. Tharaud has not only performed the gorgeous soundtrack to, but also appeared in the Academy Award–winning motion picture Amour. For Harmonia Mundi, Alexandre made a series of critically acclaimed recordings including the highly celebrated, best–selling Rameau CD. His recording of the Goldberg Variations will be released by Warner Classics in fall 2015.
Gustavo Romero and Massimo Somenzi present a rare two piano four hands concert February 10, 2015, playing the works of Franz Schubert on our Hamburg Steinway and Mason & Hamlin pianos in the Music Room in anticipation of the 17th Summer Festival 2015. Internationally known, Gustavo Romero has a stellar reputation for both the technical brilliance and interpretive depth of his playing, as well as his commitment to profound exploration of individual composers. For this concert, he teams up with Italian pianist Massimo Somenzi, who is based in Venice and performs throughout Europe and Asia.
On March 18, 2015 Violinist Jennifer Koh returns for Bach and Beyond III after performing for the Athenaeum Bach and Beyond II last year. Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. Ms. Koh regularly records for the Cedille label. Her album featuring works from her first Bach and Beyond recital was chosen as one of the best recordings of 2012 by the New York Times. She has won prizes at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Concert Artists Guild Competition, as well as an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Ms. Koh has played with leading orchestras and conductors worldwide. Born in Chicago of Korean parents, Ms. Koh made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11.
The Neave Trio
The series concludes on April 12, 2015 with the Neave Trio. Graduates of the Eastman, Manhattan and Longy Schools of Music and the Chopin Academy in Moscow, the Neave Trio (violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov and pianist Toni James) have enjoyed international success at recital and festival performances in the United States, Canada, South America, UK and Europe, performing in some of the world’s finest concert halls. Such notable appearances have included recitals in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall, the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, the 92nd Street Y, appearing as part of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center/La Jolla Music Society. In addition, the Neave Trio received the unique honor of an invitation to follow in the footsteps of the Beaux Arts Trio as the only other trio to perform at the Apollo Performing Arts Concert Series. Members of the Neave Trio have been recipients of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Prize, the Gartoff Foundation Prize and the Eastman Chamber Music Honors Prize, and, in fall 2012, the trio was named the first ever Fisch/Axelrod Trio-in-Residence at San Diego State University.
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