Shriver Hall Concert Series has put together a sterling season for 2016-2017 that includes the Baltimore debuts of sumptuous-voiced mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and an ensemble of winds and strings from London's famed Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
Top-flight pianists Helene Grimaud, Daniil Trifonov and Jonathan Biss are also on the list, along with lyrical cellist Sol Gabetta; the excellent trio of clarinetist Anthony McGill, cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan; the much-admired St. Lawrence and Brentano string quartets; and the sparkling Venice Baroque Orchestra.
Add in the colorful programming the artists and ensembles are bringing with them, and next season looks exceptionally enticing.
(The schedule was put together partially by former executive director Stephen Jacobsohn before he stepped down a couple years ago, and partially by his successor, Catherine Cochran. It's easily one of the strongest season lineups — maybe the strongest — of classical artists Shriver Hall has assembled since I came to town 16 years ago.)
Graham's recital with pianist Malcolm Martineau (April 23, 2017) combines Schumann's poignant "Frauenliebe und leben" ("A Woman's Live and Loves") with songs by a wide range of other composers that deal with the lives and loves of women.
Grimaud's recital (Dec. 4) offers music from her recent CD of water-related works by Debussy, Ravel, Liszt, Janacek, Albeniz, Takemitsu and others (not, alas, surrounded by actual water, as in her concert a couple years ago at the New York Park Avenue Armory).
The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble will perform music of Mozart, Schubert and Strauss on Oct. 23. Sonatas by Beethoven, Chopin and Britten will be among Gabetta's offerings with pianist Bertrand Chamayou on Nov. 6.
The trio with McGill, Weilerstein and Barnatan will balance familiar pieces by Beethoven and Brahms with the Baltimore premiere of the Clarinet Trio by dynamic young composer Joseph Hallman (Jan. 22, 2017).
Andrea Marcon leads the Venice Baroque Orchestra in music by Vivaldi (including "The Four Seasons"), Geminiani and others (Feb. 12, 2017); violinist Nicola Benedetti will make her Baltimore debut as soloist.
In a co-presentation with the Baltimore Symphony, the St. Lawrence Quartet will give a Haydn-Beethoven program Nov. 20. The Brentano Quartet will share the stage with Biss (Feb. 26, 2017); their program alternates between piano and string pieces written by Bach, Kurtag, Britten and Beethoven late in their lives.
And Trifonov will address a meaty program featuring Schumann, Shostakovich and Stravinsky in his recital (April 2, 2017).
In addition to these concerts at Shriver Hall, the organization will again present the Discovery Series, featuring up-and-coming artists at various venues: pianist Roman Rabinovich at the Carver Center (Sept. 24); the Dover Quartet at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (April 29, 2017); and the yet-to-be-announced winner of the 2016 Yale Gordon Competition at the Baltimore Museum of Art (March 11, 2017).
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