Amernet Quartet with Rachel Calloway:
Schoenberg's String Quartet No. 2

Amernet String Quartet

Amernet String Quartet

photo credit: Justin Hearn

Concert: Saturday, October 7, 8:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.

Artist Conversation: Thursday, October 5, 5:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet is a landmark of 20th century music, encompassing the extended tonality of late Romanticism and early modern atonality. The final two movements of this transporting work include a soprano, who sings, “I feel air of another planet.” Come hear how vibrant and exciting this work is, performed by the Amernet String Quartet with soprano Rachel Calloway.

When we presented Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire last season audience members were amazed at how funny, how moving, and how current the 1912 composition was; come to Amernet's concert to see for yourself the vitality of his String Quartet.

“intelligence . . . and immensely satisfying—most notable for the quality of unjaded discovery that came through so vividly”—The New York Times, about the Amernet Quartet

Rachel Calloway

Rachel Calloway

Special Event: Tuesday, October 3, 5:30 p.m., Duo Cortona, College Hall Music Room (free)

The Tuesday before the concert Calloway (who was here as part of Ekmeles in 2015) and violinist Ari Streisfeld (a longtime friend of NMNC as a founder of the JACK Quartet) will give a free concert in the College Hall Music Room as Duo Cortona, their new project dedicated to the creation of works for mezzo-soprano and violin.

Duo Cortona

Duo Cortona

photo credit: Jose Otayza

The Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami. Their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.” Strad Magazine described the Amernet as “. . . a group of exceptional technical ability.”

Video of Amernet Quartet

Amernet—violinists Misha Vitenson and Franz Felkl, violist Michael Klotz, and cellist Jason Calloway—has always been committed to the music of our time and has commissioned works from many of today’s leading composers, working closely with artists including Anthony Brandt, Guillermo Carbo, John Corigliano, Orlando Garcia, John Harbison, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Bernard Rands, Gerhard Samuel, Morton Subotnick, Dmitri Tymoczko, and Chinary Ung.

Video of Duo Cortona

Duo Cortona is a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the creation of works for its unique instrumentation: mezzo-soprano and violin. This ensemble explores new sounds and possibilities for its intimate, expressive, and vital combination. Duo Cortona works to establish a new and thus far unexplored repertoire, pursuing the endless possibilities of this union.

The ensemble was founded at the Cortona Sessions for New Music by husband and wife team Ari Streisfeld and Rachel Calloway. Recent and upcoming performances include the Resonant Bodies Festival, The Stone, the SONiC Festival, New Music on the Point, and Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (Princeton).

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