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THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESENTS ANNOUNCES 2012/2013 CONCERT SEASON
October 2012- May 2013

Artist bios, photos, music, and interviews all available upon request.

CHICAGO - The University of Chicago Presents (UCP), the University's professional music presenting organization, proudly announces its 2012/13 Season, entitled "Treasured, True and New". Drawing upon 67 years of excellence in the cultural life of Chicago, UCP's upcoming 2012/13 season invites listeners to a season packed with both celebrated and rising international artists performing repertoire spanning the genres of classical, contemporary, and jazz music.

The 2012/2013 season opens with a flourish with the Takács Quartet, of whom the Guardian writes: "Every time one is blown away by the rightness and freshness of everything they do." Takács' program features an array of groundbreaking string quartets, including Haydn's ambitious Quartet Op. 76, No. 5 and Dvořák's Quartet Op. 96 (the "American" quartet). In November, UCP welcomes a remarkable chamber group of world-class musicians: violinist Cho-Liang Lin, Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist John Bruce Yeh, harpist Deborah Hoffman, and cellist Joshua Roman.

In February, two more UCP favorites return to Mandel Hall's stage: master cellist Steven Isserlis with pianist Kirill Gerstein offer an evening of Liszt, Brahms, Busoni and Bartók on February 1, while the acclaimed Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio returns February 22. In April, the Pavel Haas Quartet fills Mandel Hall with their signature sound in a program of Brahms, Schnittke and Beethoven's Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130 with the Grosse Fuge, Op.133.

True to UCP's longstanding tradition, the 2012-2013 season also connects audiences to fresh new favorites, with UCP debuts from the hot new string quartet Brooklyn Rider, the energetic and witty "cross-over" ensemble the Turtle Island Quartet, plus an evening of smoldering jazz with SFJAZZ Collective. Early music fans should mark their calendars for the eagerly awaited UCP debut of trumpet player Alison Balsom with the Scottish Ensemble, rising star Kristian Bezuidenhout on harpsichord and Dutch vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensis, whose concert focuses on polyphony and plainchant by Flemish composer Jacob Obrecht.

The University's resident ensemble, Pacifica Quartet, will offer a trio of stellar performances throughout the season. The Contempo series features a tribute concert in honor of Ralph Shapey, composer, UChicago music professor, and founder of the Contemporary Chamber Players, the forebearer of Contempo.

Finally, many of these concerts bring Chicago Presents into a glorious new venue, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. Slated to open this spring for a preview period, the Logan Center will have a transformative impact on the arts at the University of Chicago. Boasting 180,000 square feet, public spaces include a performance auditorium with exceptional acoustics. The architects, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, conceive the building as a "mixing bowl", fusing a variety of classroom, production, creative and artistic programming. The results will unite distinguished scholars, local and international artists and the viewing public at a nexus of creativity, debate, exhibitions and performance. The grand opening celebration will take place in Fall 2012.

Subscriptions go on sale Monday, April 16 at 10am. Single tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 4 at 10am. For more information, contact the Chicago Presents concert office at 773.702.8068, M-F, 10am-5pm, or visit chicagopresents.uchicago.edu.

FULL CONCERT SCHEDULE

(Organized by series)

Classic Concert Series
The cornerstone of the University of Chicago Presents season, this six-concert series in historic Mandel Hall features the pillars of chamber music performed by today's most renowned artists.

FRIDAY / OCTOBER 5, 2012 / 7:30 PM / MANDEL HALL
SEASON OPENING!
Takács Quartet

  • Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 76, No. 5
  • Britten: String Quartet in C major, Op. 36, No. 2
  • Dvořák: String Quartet in F major, Op. 96, No. 12, "American"

Recognized as one of the world's great ensembles, the Takács Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. Last heard on the Mandel Hall stage in 2009, this year's program features an array of groundbreaking string quartets, including Haydn's ambitious Quartet Op. 76, No. 5 and Dvořák's Quartet Op. 96, "American".

"Their exquisitely blended tone is amber-rich, like a cognac cask-ripened to maturity. But buoyant rhythms, seamless ensemble and the sheer immediacy of their playing all contribute to put [Takács Quartet] in a class of their own." (Evening Standard)

FRIDAY / NOVEMBER 16, 2012 / 7:30 PM / MANDEL HALL
Cho-Liang Lin, violin
John Bruce Yeh, clarinet
Deborah Hoffman, harp
Joshua Roman, cello

  • Paul Reade: Suite from The Victorian Kitchen Garden
  • Ingolf Dahl: Concerto a Tre for clarinet, violin and cello
  • Jacques Ibert: Trio pour violon, violoncelle et harp
  • Handel arr. Halvorsen: Passacaglia for violin and cello
  • Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie for violin and harp in A major, Op. 124
  • John Williams: Quartet La Jolla for clarinet, violin, cello and harp

This performance combines the talents of world-class musicians for a highly dynamic, once-in-a-lifetime musical collaboration. Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist John Bruce Yeh co-curates and plays in this special event with premiere violinist (and music director of the La Jolla Music Society's Summerfest) Cho-Liang "Jimmy" Lin, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra principal harpist Deborah Hoffman and "classical rock star" cellist Joshua Roman.

FRIDAY / JANUARY 25, 2013 / 7:30 PM / MANDEL HALL
Brooklyn Rider

Program to include:

  • Mendelssohn: String Quartet no. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 12
  • Brooklyn Rider's group composition, "Seven Steps"
  • and an exploration of works from the Brooklyn Rider Almanac

The adventurous, genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that is attracting legions of fans and drawing critical acclaim from classical, world and rock critics. Their program for Mandel Hall reflects the group's extraordinary range and inventive style, spanning from Mendelssohn to an original composition by the group, plus a recap of "cross-over" and reimagined works from the Brooklyn Rider Almanac.

"Musical imagination may be ineffable, but you recognize it when you hear it, and Brooklyn Rider, a
string quartet that has been associated with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, has it in spades." (The Washington Post)

FRIDAY / FEBRUARY 1, 2013 / 7:30 PM / MANDEL HALL
Steven Isserlis, cello
Kirill Gerstein, piano

  • Liszt: Romance Oubliée
  • Liszt: Die Zelle im Nonnenwerth (IV)
  • Busoni: Kultaselle, variations on a Finnish folksong
  • Brahms: Sonata for cello and piano in E minor, Op. 38, No. 1
  • Bartók: Rhapsody No. 1 for cello and piano
  • Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F major, Op. 99, No. 2

Acclaimed worldwide for his technique and musicianship, British cellist Steven Isserlis joins forces with Kirill Gerstein, a rising-star pianist of growing international renown. The duo's Mandel Hall performance will take audience members on a lushly Romantic musical tour, interspersed with reimagined folk tunes from Finland and Hungary.

"Isserlis can turn a single note into a smile or a lament. His bow becomes an extension of his arm and...he listens with full attention to every sound he makes. It's the only way to explain the unrivalled intensity of his playing." (The Guardian)

"Russian-born pianist Kirill Gerstein is emerging as one of the most respected pianists of his generation." (The New York Times)

FRIDAY / FEBRUARY 22, 2013 / 7:30 PM / MANDEL HALL
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

  • Mozart: Trio in B-flat Major, K. 502
  • André Previn: Piano Trio (first Chicago performance - commissioned for the Trio's 35th Anniversary)
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50

Since making their debut at the White House for President Carter's Inauguration in January 1977, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson have set the standard for performance of piano trio literature. Since their last performance at the University in 2005, Mandel Hall has featured numerous winners of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award (KLRITA) for promising young trios, including the Morgenstern Trio in 2011 and the ATOS Trio in 2009. Now the dazzling original returns for an unforgettable evening of music.

"This is one of the finest chamber music groups in the business....playing of a wonderful, unexaggerated expressiveness and warmth." (London Daily Telegraph)

FRIDAY / APRIL 12, 2013 / 7:30 PM / MANDEL HALL
Pavel Haas Quartet

  • Brahms: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2
  • Schnittke: String Quartet No. 3
  • Beethoven: Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130 with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133

The Prague-based Pavel Haas Quartet fits their powerhouse talents to an equally ambitious program at Mandel Hall. Their musical exploration begins with the delicate lines of Brahms' Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2, proceeds to Schnittke's extraordinary third quartet, and then climbs to a finish with the monumental Beethoven Quartet Op. 130 including the Grosse Fuge, a work Igor Stravinsky summed up as "an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever."

"The world's most exciting string quartet? Well, they suit the tagline better than most. Their tone is large, quasi-orchestral. They take risks. Above all, they play with passion."
(The Times - London)

Howard Mayer Brown International Early Music Series
Founded in 1981, the three-concert series features artists devoted to historical performance practice.

FRIDAY / NOVEMBER 9, 2012 / 7:30 PM / ROCKEFELLER MEMORIAL CHAPEL
Cappella Pratensis

  • Sounds of Salvation: Music for a 15th-Century Bruges Merchant
  • Program focused on the Missa de Sancto Donatiano by the Flemish composer Jacob Obrecht, also featuring Obrecht's polyphony and plainchant from the city of Bruges

Netherlands-based vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensis - literally 'Cappella des prés' - champions the music of Josquin des Prez and the polyphonists of the 15th and 16th centuries. As in Josquin's time, Cappella Pratensis performs from a central music stand, singing from the original mensural notation scored in a large choirbook. This approach, together with careful attention to the compositions' linguistic origin and the modal system on which they are based, offers unique and fresh insights into the repertoire.

"Cappella Pratensis is a highly potent ensemble....The nine men of the ensemble make music in a simply outstanding way - clearly marked voices develop harmoniously built lines in all registers, and work out technical details without compromising the structural coherence." (Klassik.com)

FRIDAY / FEBRUARY 8, 2013 / 7:30 PM /
PERFORMANCE HALL, REVA AND DAVID LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Kristian Bezuidenhout, harpsichord

  • Johann Kasper Kerll:
    • Toccata No. 3 in G minor
    • Passacaglia in D minor
  • Louis Couperin:
    • Allemande - Courante - Sarabande
  • Johann Jakob Froberger:
    • Toccata in C major, No. 16
    • Partita in C major, No.12, FbWV 612/612a ("Lamento sopra la dolorosa")
  • G. F. Handel:
    • Allemande, from Suite for keyboard, Vol. 1, No. 3 in D minor, HWV 428
    • Courante, from Suite for keyboard, Vol. 2, No. 11 in D minor, HWV 437
    • Aria and Variations, from HWV 428
  • J.S. Bach:
    • Toccata in D minor, BWV 913
    • Partita in A minor (after BWV 1002 for solo violin in D minor), transcribed for solo harpsichord by L. U. Mortensen

Bezuidenhout first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize as well as the audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition. Now he performs with the world's most prestigious chamber ensembles, playing with an intelligence, wit and subtlety seldom heard from even the most seasoned performers. Bezuidenhout's Logan Center performance explores the extraordinary range of musical works for harpsichord, including an inventive transcription of Bach's Partita in A minor for violin.

"Bezuidenhout...achieves great expressiveness through subtle fluctuations in tempi and articulation. There have been a few recordings on historical instruments made in recent decades, but Bezuidenhout rivals them all for the breadth of understanding he brings to the music, and his astonishing inflections of colour." (BBC Music Review)

FRIDAY / APRIL 19, 2013 / 7:30 PM /
PERFORMANCE HALL, REVA AND DAVID LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Scottish Ensemble
Alison Balsom, trumpet

  • Handel:
    • Concerto Grosso in B-flat major, Op. 6/7, HWV 325
  • Albinoni (arr. Balsom):
    • Oboe Concerto in B flat major, Op. 7, No. 3
  • Bach:
    • Concerto for violin, strings and continuo in E major, No. 2, BWV 1042
  • Vivaldi (arr. Balsom):
    • Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 3/9, No. 9, RV 230 ("L'estro armonico")
  • Purcell:
    • "Dance of the Furies" from Dido and Aeneas
    • Chacony in G
    • Fantasia upon One Note
  • Biber:
    • Battalia in D major, C. 61
  • Handel:
    • Suite for Trumpet and Strings in D major

Trumpet player Alison Balsom ranks among classical music's great ambassadors, one of the most distinctive and ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today. In what's sure to be an electrifying performance, Balsom plays with the versatile, always surprising Scottish Ensemble, a tight-knit group of outstanding string players who perform regularly together under Artistic Director Jonathan Morton. Don't miss this astounding UCP debut.

"[Balsom] makes the trumpet sing with an irresistible exuberance and eloquence." (The Times)

"The Scottish Ensemble is an ideal fit for Balsom, accompanying her with equal drive and vitality" (The Guardian)

Special Events

SUNDAY / OCTOBER 14, 2012 / 3 PM /
PERFORMANCE HALL, REVA AND DAVID LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Turtle Island Quartet

Deriving its name from Native American creation mythology, the Turtle Island Quartet is a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings. A two-time GRAMMY®-Award-winner in the Best Classical Crossover category, Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet aesthetic with contemporary American musical styles, devising a performance practice that honors both. Their Logan Center debut draws from their 2010 album Have You Ever Been...?, a mashup of original compositions and homages to Jimi Hendrix.

"It must have been like this when Beethoven was taking Vienna by storm - the exhilaration of seeing the future of classical music unfold before your eyes and ears." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

FRIDAY / OCTOBER 19, 2012 / 7:30 PM / MANDEL HALL
SFJAZZ Collective

Don't miss this all-star jazz ensemble comprised of eight of the finest performers/composers working in jazz today. Each year, SFJAZZ Collective performs a new list of compositions by a modern jazz master and new pieces by the Collective members. Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring jazz's recent history while championing the music's up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ's commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form.

"You can propose various definitions for what [SFJAZZ Collective] represents, but it's a superbrain for what serious jazz sounds like now." (The New York Times)

Artist-in-Residence: The Pacifica Quartet

The University of Chicago is pleased to sponsor this critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY®-winning artist-in-residence who, in addition to performing throughout the concert season, also work intensively with UChicago students via workshops and master classes during the academic year.

"...technical assurance and keen musicianship...astounding performances..." (The New York Times)

SUNDAY / NOVEMBER 4, 2012 / 3 PM /
PERFORMANCE HALL, REVA AND DAVID LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Pacifica Quartet

  • Boccherini: String Quartet Op. 51
  • Bartók: String Quartet No. 6
  • Beethoven: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

SUNDAY / FEBRUARY 17, 2013 / 3 PM /
PERFORMANCE HALL, REVA AND DAVID LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Pacifica Quartet

  • Haydn: Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 76, No. 4, "Sunrise"
  • Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68
  • Ravel: String Quartet in F Major

SUNDAY / MAY 12, 2013 / 3 PM /
PERFORMANCE HALL, REVA AND DAVID LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Pacifica Quartet

  • Smetana: String Quartet No. 1,"From My Life"
  • Janáček: String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters"
  • Beethoven: String Quartet in F major, Op. 135

Contempo

Now in its 48th year, Contempo salutes the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts as it continues as the vanguard of adventurous new works and cutting-edge programs. Under the direction of Artistic Director Shulamit Ran, Contempo introduces audiences to the bold visions of today's most innovative composers.

Shulamit Ran, artistic director
Cliff Colnot, conductor

SATURDAY / JANUARY 12, 2013 / 7:30 PM /
PERFORMANCE HALL, REVA AND DAVID LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Cliff Colnot, conductor
eighth blackbird
Pacifica Quartet

In its inaugural concert at the Logan Center, Contempo presents the first of several programs dedicated to music by University of Chicago composers, present and past.

FRIDAY / MARCH 1, 2013 / 7:30 PM /
PERFORMANCE HALL, REVA AND DAVID LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Ralph Shapey Tribute

  • Miranda Cuckson, violin
  • Cyrus Beroukhim, violin
  • David Fulmer, viola
  • Chris Gross, cello
  • Blair McMillen, piano
  • Charles Neidich, clarinet
  • Ralph Shapey:
    • Clarinet Quintet
    • Five
    • Piano Quintet
    • Tenth String Quartet (Quartet D'Amore)

This special concert offers a tribute to Ralph Shapey, one of the giants of American music, whose leadership as founder and Music Director of the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago catapulted Chicago to prominence on the international new music scene. nunc, the all-star ensemble of extraordinary performers headed by Miranda Cuckson, brilliant violinist and major champion of Shapey's work, will offer a thought-provoking, riveting musical experience from the man who left an indelible mark on musical life both inside and out of the University's borders.

SUNDAY / APRIL 14, 2013 / 3:00 PM /
PERFORMANCE HALL, REVA AND DAVID LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Contempo Double Bill

  • Cliff Colnot, conductor
  • Pablo Aslan & Trio
  • Jorge Liderman: Antigona Furiosa

This year's Contempo Double Bill highlights award-winning composer Jorge Liderman's operatic rendering of Antigona Furiosa, a 1986 dramatic work by Griselda Gambaro. Argentinian-born Liderman (PhD '88, UC) uses the classic Antigone tale by Sophocles to interact with and comment on life in modern-day Argentina. Don't miss this powerful staged operatic production featuring 3 singers, 3 pianists, and 3 percussionists. Argentinian bassist Pablo Aslan's trio follows in the Double Bill's second half in an invigorating jazz-tango program.

"Liderman was an exceptionally sensitive and careful musician, and his compositions were marked, like his personality, with a generosity of spirit and humility." (San Francisco Classical Voice)

"We're in a golden age of jazz-tango fusion, and bassist Pablo Aslan is one of the main reasons. (...) His pulsing lines are the heartbeat of a new music."(JAZZIZ)

FRIDAY / MAY 10, 2013 / 7:30 PM / FULTON RECITAL HALL
Tomorrow's Music Today I
eighth blackbird
Pacifica Quartet

FRIDAY / MAY 17, 2013 / 7:30 PM / PERFORMANCE HALL, REVA AND DAVID LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Tomorrow's Music Today II
Cliff Colnot, conductor
eighth blackbird
Pacifica Quartet

Hear music by University of Chicago's doctoral candidates in composition in this annual pair of concerts. Some of today's finest young composers realize their vision through creative interactions with Contempo's GRAMMY®-winning artists-in-residence.