Wednesday, May 22, 2013

2013-2014 Garmany Chamber Music Series

A message from Steve Metcalf (B. Mus.'69), curator of the Garmany Chamber Music Series

The Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series (named for a local businessman and philanthropist whose estate has provided for a number of worthy cultural initiatives) has just concluded its fourth season at The Hartt School. This series was inaugurated after the Miami String Quartet concluded its residency at the school in 2009. The series, which has made a point of engaging a wide range of artists -- many of them known for pushing the boundaries of small ensemble music-making -- has been a great success. Most of the concerts have been sold out the past several seasons, and we expect that trend to continue next season.

It would be great to see more alumni at these concerts. 

For more information, or to learn how to buy tickets or subscriptions, please visit the Hartt website:

Or simply call the UH box office at 860-768-4228.
All of next year's concerts will be given in Millard Auditorium
Here is the roster of artists for the upcoming 2013-'14 season:

OCT. 3
Jaime Laredo, violin, and Joseph Kalichstein, piano.
         Two of the pre-eminent chamber music artists of our time, Laredo and Kalichstein have performed -- both as soloists and chamber artists -- in the leading music venues of the world. They frequently are joined by internationally acclaimed cellist Sharon Robinson as the Kalichstein Laredo Robinson Trio In addition to his instrumental career, Jaime Laredo is a sought-after conductor, currently in his 13th year as music director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. 
        As a bonus, the finale of this concert will be the monumental sextet of Chausson, which will feature the newly-formed Hartt String Quartet.

NOV. 21
Andy Narell and his ensemble
         The Paris-based Narell is acknowledged as the world's leading exponent of the steel drum, or "pans." His extraordinary career has been celebrated in numerous NPR appearances and in several film documentaries. In addition, several of his best-selling recordings of jazz-inflected Caribbean music have earned Grammy nominations. For this rare East Coast appearance, Andy Narell will be joined by an all-star ensemble of sidemen all of whom who are distinguished artists in their own right.

FEB. 6
Possibly the fastest-rising chamber music ensemble in the United States, the string quintet Sybarite 5 has been earning rave reviews and cheering audiences from coast to coast. Since winning the prestigious Concert Artists Guild Competition last year (the same competition previously won by Imani Winds, eighthblackbird and many other now-famous artists) the group has gone from one triumphant appearance to the next, including a raucous, sold-out debut performance at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Auditorium last fall. Its latest album is a collection of Radiohead songs arranged expressly for them.  

[Full disclosure: the cellist for this group is a proud alumna of the Hartt Community Division, one Laura Metcalf. Laura will be donating her fee for this concert to the Community Division Fund for Access, which provides scholarships for city kids.]

         Known to music lovers throughout the United States from its appearances on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," Cantus is a 9-member male vocal ensemble of astonishing range and versatility. Both in its recordings (more than a dozen and counting) and in its concert appearances, Cantus performs everything from Renaissance music to post-bop jazz arrangements. One its members, Paul Rudoi, is a recent alumnus of Hartt. 

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