The 2015/2016 Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival commences on October 16, with a three-part concert series and weeklong chamber music workshop.
”Our chamber music series has become the fastest growing program at Centrum in the past two years,” said Artistic Director Lucinda Carter, Vice Dean of Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, from which she received her doctorate in musical arts. “We’ve been honored to attract the finest chamber musicians in the nation to be in residence with us as we bring chamber music to Port Townsend each fall and winter. We are especially pleased to be able to host Anonymous 4 on our stage in the final year of their performing. And to have the Calder String Quartet as our resident faculty for our summer workshop is equally as thrilling.”
”The Wheeler Theater is a terrific venue for intimate performances,” said Centrum Executive Director Robert Birman. “Centrum’s chamber music program is as good as anything one can see and hear in New York. We are delighted to continue Centrum’s educational mission with our chamber music workshop in 2016 as well. It’s our way of helping nurture the talent of tomorrow and the leaders in chamber music for the next generation.”
Featured ensembles this season include:
- Anonymous 4 (Oct. 16), twice voted one of Billboard’s top classical artists, Anonymous 4 tours the world sharing the most exquisite collections of historical song, from the works of the 12th-century abbess and mystic, Hildegard of Bingen, to polyphony from England, France, America and Spain. Their visit to Centrum is coordinated with their final year on tour. A4 has sold over 2 million copies of their recordings.
- Formed in 1999, the Amelia Piano Trio (Jan. 31) came to the fore after participating in Isaac Stern’s Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall in 2000. They will present a program of Dvořák, Beethoven and Shostakovich.
- Winners of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Calder Quartet (June 4) is known for the discovery, commissioning, recording and mentoring of some of today’s best emerging composers. The Calder’s program will include Beethoven and Thomas Adès (subject to change).
*Reception with the artists follows each performance.
Purchase season and individual concert tickets by calling (800) 746-1982 or online at centrum.org.