American String Quartet with Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano
Winter Chamber Music Festival
Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 7:30pm
“Luxurious, beautifully sculptured performances”
—New York Times
Celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2019, the American String Quartet began its career winning both the Coleman Competition and the Naumburg Award in the same year. The group has served as resident quartet at the Aspen Music Festival since 1974 and at the Manhattan School of Music since 1984. Their 2018-19 season featured performances of a collaboration with National Book Award-winning author Phil Klay and poet Tom Sleigh, a program combining music and readings examining the effects of war on people, their hearts, and their minds. The quartet also collaborated with author Salman Rushdie in a work for narrator and quartet by film composer Paul Cantelon built around Rushdie’s novel The Enchantress of Florence. Other recent highlights include performances of an all-sextet program with Roberto and Andrés Díaz, tours of South America, and performances of the complete Beethoven cycle of string quartets at the Cervantes Festival in Mexico and the Tel Aviv Museum in Israel. Joining the quartet is renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, recipient of the 1999 Richard Tucker Award and the 2007 Opera News Award, and Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year for 2009. Blythe has performed leading roles in such celebrated venues as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the Opera National de Paris. In the 2018-19 season, she returned to the Metropolitan Opera for Il Trittico and La fille du régiment, and made her Dallas Opera debut in Falstaff.
Day and Night
Joseph Haydn, String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4 ("Sunrise")
Ottorino Respighi, Il tramonto
A selection of Franz Schubert Lieder, including "Der Tod und das Mädchen"
Franz Schubert, String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810 ("Death and the Maiden")
Winter Chamber Music Festival subscriptions are now available. Single tickets, on sale November 15, are $30 for the general public and $10 for students with valid ID.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
50 Arts Cir Dr
Evanston, IL 60208
Pick-Staiger is a 989-seat hall located in the Arts Circle on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. The main lobby entrance for concerts is on the west side of the building (revolving and regular doors). Since its inception in 1975, the hall has functioned as both a classroom and performance facility for Bienen School of Music performing ensembles, faculty recitals, festivals, and professional guest artists.