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Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 7 pm
Fine Arts Quartet
Fine Arts Quartet
Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 71, No. 2
Saint-Saëns: String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 153
Schumann: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1
Pre-Concert Talk at 6 pm with
Kai Christiansen

The season opens Sunday, October 20 with the Music at Kohl début of the Fine Arts Quartet, celebrated as “One of the gold-plated names in chamber music” (Washington Post.) Founded in Chicago in 1946, the quartet ranks among the most distinguished music ensembles of our time, and is one of the elite few to have recorded and toured internationally for over half a century, performing worldwide in such cities as New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Moscow, Tokyo, Beijing, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Mexico City, and Toronto. Artist Link

Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 7 pm
Alexander String Quartet with Joyce Yang
Alexander String Quartet with Joyce Yang, piano
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Britten: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 36
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
Pre-Concert Talk at 6 pm with
Kai Christiansen

Described as “the most gifted young pianist of her generation” with a “million-volt stage presence” pianist Joyce Yang has established herself as one of the leading artists of today. A 2005 Van Cliburn International Competition Silver Medalist, she is the 2010 recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, one of classical music’s most prestigious accolades. She joins the Alexander String Quartet in her Kohl debut, to offer a sneak preview of their joint CD to be released later this fall. Artist Link

Honorary Chairs of last year’s MAKM 30th Anniversary Season, the Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world’s premier ensembles. A major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, the quartet’s members serve as directors of the Morrison Chamber Music Center at San Francisco State University and Ensemble in Residence of San Francisco Performances. Artist Link

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 7 pm
A Night at the Opera - Gala Holiday Concert
A Night at the Opera
Gala Holiday Concert
Featuring: Heidi Moss, soprano; Lisa Chavez, mezzo-soprano;
Eugene Brancoveanu, baritone; Bryndon Hassman, piano


Celebrate the holidays with a joyous evening of arias, duets and trios from some of opera's great master composers.

Non-subscription concert benefits Kohl for Kids programs.

Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 7 pm
Garrick Ohlsson
Pianist Garrick Ohlsson in Recital
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 109
Schubert: Fantasy in C Major, "Der Wanderer", D. 760
Griffes: Selected Pieces
Chopin: Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 58
Pre-Concert Talk at 6 pm with
Kai Christiansen

Renowned throughout the world since winning the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson makes his long-awaited return to the Kohl stage. Regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Mr. Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire which ranges over the entire piano literature. A student of the late Claudio Arrau, he has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. To date he has at his command more than 80 concerts, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century. Artist Link

Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 7 pm
Trio Cavatina with Samuel Rhodes
Trio Cavatina
with Samuel Rhodes, viola
Beethoven: Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1
Copland: Piano Quartet
Brahms: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60
Pre-Concert Talk at 6 pm with
Kai Christiansen

Formed in 2005 at the renowned Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, Trio Cavatina has quickly emerged as one of today's outstanding chamber ensembles. Winners in 2009 of the coveted Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition, the trio made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 and its San Francisco debut later that same year with San Francisco Performances. Joining the trio for this Music at Kohl debut is eminent violist Samuel Rhodes, currently celebrating 44 years as a member of the Juilliard String Quartet and the faculty of the Juilliard School. Trio Cavatina
Samuel Rhodes

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 7 pm
Miró Quartet
Miró Quartet
Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 64, No. 5, "Lark”
Dutilleux: Ainsi la nuit
Beethoven: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2
FREE Master Class at 5 pm
with the Young Chamber Musicians

Pre-Concert Talk at 6 pm with
Kai Christiansen

Hailed by The New York Times as possessing “explosive vigor and technical finesse”, the dynamic Miró Quartet, one of America's highest-profile chamber groups, enjoys its place at the top of the international chamber music scene. Formed in 1995 at the Oberlin Conservatory, the quartet garnered first prizes at the Coleman, Fischoff, and Banff competitions as well as the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award. The quartet was also a recipient of the Cleveland Quartet Award and was the first ensemble ever to be awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant. A favorite of Kohl audiences, the Miró Quartet is deeply committed to music education and currently serves as Faculty String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Texas at Austin. Artist Link

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 7 pm
Ariel String Quartet
Ariel String Quartet
Haydn: String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
Schubert: String Quartet in G Major, D. 887
FREE Master Class at 5 pm
with the Young Chamber Musicians
Pre-Concert Talk at 6 pm with
Kai Christiansen

Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing, and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel, the quartet moved to the United States in 2004 to continue its professional studies, later winning a number of international prizes, including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Franz Schubert competition in Graz, Austria, Székely Prize, and Banff International String Quartet Competition. In January 2012 the Ariel was named quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, an astonishing accomplishment for such a young group. The Ariel Quartet makes its debut as this year’s Music at Kohl Discovery Artists. Artist Link

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 7 pm
Henschel String Quartett
Henschel Quartett
Mozart: String Quartet in A Major, K. 464
Christopher Theofanidis: Visions and Miracles
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2
FREE Master Class at 5 pm
with the Young Chamber Musicians
Pre-Concert Talk at 6 pm with
Kai Christiansen

Founded in 1994 and based in Munich, Germany, the Henschel Quartett celebrates its 20th Anniversary this season. Winner of multiple prizes at the international competitions of Evian, Banff, Salzburg, and Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, the quartet makes its Music at Kohl debut to close our 31st season. The Henschel Quartett enjoys world-wide renown, including as Cultural Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, performing at the Vatican in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI, at the Royal Palace of Madrid, the prestigious Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and this year in Amsterdam and New York City (Carnegie Hall.)
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