Brookings Harbor Friends of Music opens its 34th season, featuring a variety of performers from around the world.
The season starts off with a performance Sept. 16, with Judith Ingolfsson and Vladimir Stoupel, a critically acclaimed violin and piano duo from Iceland and Germany. With a special focus on music of the 20th Century, the Duo Ingolfsson-Stoupel presents dynamic programs that explore the countless fascinating connections between composers, history, and the power of musical communication.
The Duo has recorded several award-winning CDs and beginning in the 2018-19 academic year they will be in residence at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University. Ingolfsson and Stoupel will perform various violin compositions by French composers Franck, Vierne, and du Bois, and Belgian composer Ysaye.
For the second concert of the season the Friends of Music welcomes Trio con Brio, a celebrated piano trio from Denmark, who will perform on Oct. 7. The Trio was founded in Vienna in 1999 and features Korean sisters Soo-Kyung and Soo-Jin Hong on strings and Soo-Kyung’s husband Jens Elvekjaer, Denmark’s first Steinway Artist, on piano.
Trio con Brio Copenhagen is in great international demand and has an intensive worldwide touring schedule. Since its inception the Trio has won most of the international competitions for piano trio and they became the first ensemble to receive one of Denmark’s most prestigious music awards, the P2 Artists Prize.
The internationally recognized American Brass Quintet will be guests of the Friends of Music Nov. 11. Founded in 1960, the ABQ has performed on five continents and in all 50 states. They have a discography of nearly 60 recordings and have premiered more than 150 contemporary brass works.
Committed to the promotion of brass chamber music through education, the ABQ has been in residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. The New York Times recently wrote that “among North American brass ensembles none is more venerable than the American Brass Quintet,” while Newsweek has hailed the ensemble as “the high priests of brass,” and American Record Guide has called the ABQ “of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished.”
On Jan. 19, bass-baritone Dashon Burton will treat Brookings to an afternoon of vocal music. Burton has appeared in the Brahms “Requiem” and the Beethoven “9th Symphony” with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra for two seasons. He also performed the Mozart “Requiem” in the summer season at Severance Hall. Burton’s opera engagements include singing Sarastro in “Die Zauberflöte” (The Magic Flute) in Dijon and Paris, and the role of Jupiter in Rameau’s “Castor and Pollux” with Christoph Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques.
Burton is praised for his “nobility and rich tone,” (The New York Times) and his “enormous, thrilling voice seemingly capable ... (of) raising the dead” (Wall Street Journal). Burton will feature selections from Schumann’s song cycle “Dichterliebe” and Poulenc’s “Country Songs,” along with spirituals and Italian arias.
Cellist Nicholas Canellakis will be performing with pianist-composer Michael Brown on Feb. 10. The duo has been hailed as “a pair of adventurous young talents” (Time Out New York) who “play with their antennae tuned to each other” (The Washington Post).
Canellakis and Brown have been captivating audiences with performances that combine masterpieces from the standard repertoire along with original compositions and arrangements. Their concert in Brookings will feature Barber’s Cello Sonata. The duo recently toured the U.S. with a program of all American composers, culminating in a New York City recital presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. They regularly perform at leading musical festivals in the U.S. and their debut duo album, “Out of Darkness,” featuring works by Barber, Shostakovich, and Brown and Canellakis, was released on CAG Records in 2016.
The sixth concert in the series will feature the return of American pianist Thomas Pandolfi on April. Pandolfi is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique.
His international concerts have included those in China, Europe and British Columbia. As an outstanding cross-over artist, Pandolfi’s virtuoso transcriptions of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Marvin Hamlisch, George Gershwin, and Leonard Bernstein are in much demand. Pandolfi will perform several works by Chopin.
The Friends of Music concert on April 28 will feature the Minguet Quartet from Germany. Founded in 1988, the ensemble is one of the most internationally sought-after string quartets today and gives guest performances in all the great concert halls of the world.
This quartet concentrates on Classical-Romantic literature and modern music in equal measure, and has proven its commitment to compositions of the 21st century through numerous premieres. Encounters with important composers of our time inspire the four musicians to create ever new ideas in programming.
Wrapping up the 2018-19 season on May 19 is the Friends of Music Scholarship concert that is free to all attendees. Each year the Friends of Music teams up with Dr. Alexander Tutunov, professor of piano at Southern Oregon University, to feature and award the young artists selected as scholarship winners. This concert will include performances by the young artists as well as Tutunov.
Tutunov is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding virtuosos of the former Soviet Union. As a first prize winner of the Belarusian National Piano Competition and winner of the Russian National Piano Competition, Tutunov’s playing was described by Soviet Culture, Moscow, as “exhilarating and inspired, and which demonstrated a unique talent.”
All performances take place on Sundays at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 102 Park Ave., Brookings. Tickets are now available at Wright’s Custom Framing and at the door. Season tickets for the eight concerts cost $110 and tickets for individual concerts are priced at $20. Students under 18 are admitted free and are strongly encouraged to attend. Further information may be obtained by visiting the Friends of Music website at brookingsharborfriendsofmusic.org or by calling 541-469-7625.