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Shriver Hall Concert Series to present Grimaud, de Niese, Kremer, more in 2014-15

By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun

9:09 AM EST, March 3, 2014

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For its 49th season, the Shriver Hall Concert Series has assembled a particularly starry lineup of classical artists.

The 2014-2015 series gets started in September with the exceptional French pianist (and notable advocate for endangered wolves) Helene Grimaud, who will play a recital of works by Liszt, Ravel, Debussy and others. An October concert will feature the Belcea Quartet, a resident ensemble at London's Guildhall School and Vienna's Konzerthaus, performing Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.

November brings the Shriver Hall debut of glamorous Australian-born soprano Danielle de Niese, a favorite at the Metropolitan Opera and Glyndebourne. The brilliant British cellist Steven Isserlis will give a recital of works by Bach, Beethoven and Saint-Saens with pianist Connie Shih in December.

First up in the 2015 half of next season will be Gidon Kremer, the richly gifted Latvian violinist, who will be accompanied by the highly touted young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, gold medalist at the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition. The program will include music by Mozart, Schubert and Mieczyslaw Weinberg.

The series will continue with the Jerusalem Quartet performing Haydn, Schubert and Erwin Schulhoff (February 2015).  The fine French-Canadian chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy will give an all-Haydn program featuring inquisitive and insightful Canadian pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin (March 2015).

One more top-notch pianist, Richard Goode, will complete the season in a program of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy and Schumann (April 2015).

The 2014-15 Shriver Hall Concert Series will also present another of its free "Discovery Series" concerts, devoted to up-and-comers, held at various locations in 2014-15.