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2001-2002 Season Schedule

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Date Artist / Event Scheduled Program
September 28, 2001

with Brian Zeger, Piano and
Special Guests: Klezmer Madness!

"Bold, spirited, witty, danceable, poignant... one of the most exciting clarinetists performing today."

* Janácek: Allegro movement from Concertino
* Brahms: F Minor Sonata, op. 120, no. 1
* Messiaen: "The Abyss of the Birds," from Quartet for the End of Time
* Reich:
New York Counterpoint for clarinet and tape
* Debussy: Premiere Rhapsody
* Krakauer: Rothko on Broadway
* Traditional: Klezmer Set

October 3, 2001

with Leonard Slatkin, Conductor
and Linda Hohenfeld, Soprano

World premiere of a new work by Augusta Read Thomas, "Blizzard in Paradise", co-commissioned by the Kindler Fund in the Library of Congress.

* Bach-Shulman: Pastorale-Aria
* Richard Klemm: Concert Waltz
* Alexandr Abramovich: Lyrical Fragments
* August Read Thomas: Blizzard in Paradise
* Boulez: Messagesquisse
* Stravinsky: Suite Italienne
* Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5

October 11 and 12, 2001 JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET

* Mozart: Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 589
* Bartók: String Quartet no. 6
* Schubert: Quartet in G Major, D. 887

October 20, 2001 (RESCHEDULE TBA) PHYLLIS BRYN-JULSON, Soprano and SOUTHWEST CHAMBER MUSIC Washington premiere of An American Decameron, a song cycle by Richard Felciano based on Studs Terkel's Working and Coming of Age. Commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress.
October 26, 2001

ANDREW MANZE, Baroque Violin with Richard Egarr, Harpsichord

"...a ferocious period violinist... one of fiddledom's great improvisers..."

* Corelli: Sonata from op. 5
* Fontana: Sonata VI
* Uccellini: Toccata sopra Sonata V, op. VI
* Rossi: Toccata for solo harpsichord
* Bonporti: Invention from op. 10
* Pandolfi: Sonata op. 3, no. 2 ("La Cesta"), Sonata op. 3, no. 4 ("La Castella"), Sonata op. 3, no. 5 ("La Clemente"), Sonata op. 3, no. 6 ("La Sabbatina")
* Corelli: Follia, op. 5, no. 12

October 30, 2001

EIGHTH BLACKBIRD (Naumburg Chamber Music Award 2000)

"The audience hooted, hollered, clapped, and stamped... this crowd was moved!"

Annual Founder's Day Concert

* Minimum Security Composers Collective: Trailer
* Frederic Rzewski: Pocket Symphony
* Daniel Kellogg: Divinum Mysterium

November 9, 2001

with John Ferrari, Percussion

"...imagination to make the familiar sound new."

* Haydn: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op 76, no. 4 ("Sunrise")
* Schulhoff: Five Pieces for String Quartet
* Thomas Oboe Lee: "Morango Almost A Tango" (Washington Premiere)
* Pavel Hass: Quartet no. 2 for String Quartet and Percussion

November 15, 2001


"...a terrific sense of fun and heaps of music in their fingers and toes..."

The first and only all-women traditional Irish band, most sought-after Irish-American group in Celtic music history. World premiere of a piece for violin and piano by Donna Long, commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress.
November 16, 2001 (CANCELLED)


"...fine, carefree rapture... truly of one breath, one mind."

* Haydn: Divertimento "Chorale St. Antoni"
* Johann Sobeck: Quintet, op.9
* Carter: Quintet
* Reicha: Quintet in B-flat Major, op. 100, no. 6
* Ibert: Trois pièces brèves

November 30, and December 1, 2001 World Premiere:
JUSTICE by Roger Reynolds
(commissioned by the Julian E. Berla and Freda Hauptman Berla Fund in the Library of Congress)

The tale of Agamemnon's conflict with Clytemnestra–a collision of the public and personal worlds–enacted from Clytemnestra's perspective by Carmen Pelton, soprano; Donnah Welby, actress; Steven Schick, percussionist, and an intricate choreography of multichannel computer sound– designed by Peter Otto and engineered by Josef Kucera. The majestic space of the Great Hall of the Library's Jefferson Building comes alive with the resonances of a uniquely contemporary multimedia event, staged by Henry Fonte.

This production was made possible by a generous grant from The William and Flora Hewett Foundation.

December 5, 2001


"Innovative and invigorating works... infectious enthusiasm"

* Fontyn: Sul cuor della terra
* Mozart: Flute Quartet in A Major, K. 298
* Stravinsky: Elegy for Viola solo
* Carter: Enchanted Preludes for Flute and Cello
* Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp
* Gubaidulina: Garten von Freuden und Traurigkeiten for Flute, Viola, and Harp
* Rudhyar: Dark Passage (World Premiere)

Presented in cooperation with the Flemish Community at the Embassy of Belgium.

December 7. 2001


"Refreshing fearlessness...joyful precision and humor."

* Beethoven: String Quartet in D Major, op. 18, no. 3
* Veress: String Quartet no. 1
* Brahms: String Quartet in A Minor, op. 51, no. 2

December 8, 2001 ENSEMBLE AURORA (on period instruments) directed by Enrico Gatti with Gloria Banditelli, Mezzo-soprano

* Corelli: Sonata a tre op. II no. 12 ("Ciaccona")
* Scarlatti: Cantata "Bella madre de' fiori"
* Bononcini: Cantata "Il Lamento d'Olimpia"
* Vivaldi: Sonata a tre op.I no. 12 ("La Follia")
* Bononcini: Cantata "Care luci del mio bene"

Presented in cooperation with the Instituto Italiano di Cultura.

December 18 and 19, 2001 JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET
Stradivari Anniversary

* Bacon: Sonata for Violin and Piano (McKim Commission)
* Beethoven: String Trio in C Minor, op. 9, no. 3
* Mozart: Divertimento in E-flat Major, K. 563

January 16, 2002
(Rescheduled from October 19, 2001)

NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG, Michael Barrett and Steven Blier, Artistic Directors

"The real stuff, performed by superb musicians who love and respect it."

Harlem Renaissance, the dynamic arts movement of the 1920s and 1930s led by Black American artists and intellectuals, is celebrated in music and lyrics by Eubie Blake, Zora Neale Hurston, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, and others.

February 1 and 2, 2002

BARNUM'S BIRD by Libby Larsen
(World Premiere)

Musical direction: Philip Brunelle
Stage direction: Jon Cranney

Show business meets great art in this compelling cabaret opera about the American tour of the most beloved opera star of her time --the Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind--and the impresario who arranged it, the world-class showman P. T. Barnum. Cast includes Esther Heideman as Jenny Lind and Gary Briggle as P. T. Barnum.

Co-commissioned by the Library of Congress and the Odyssey Commissioning Program of the Plymouth Music Series.

This production was made possible in part by a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

February 8, 2002

LIWEI QIN, Cello (Winner Naumburg Cello Competition) with Jeremy Young, Piano

"....heartfelt conviction that is totally riveting... "

* Boccherini: Sonata in A Major
* Ligeti: Solo Sonata
* Barber: Cello Sonata, op. 6
* Kodaly: Solo Sonata, op. 8
* Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, op. 70

February 9, 2002 OSIRIS TRIO

* Beethoven: Trio in D Major, Op. 70, no. 1
* Copland: Vitebsk Trio
* Mendelssohn: Trio in C Minor, op. 66

Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of the Netherlands.

March 1, 2002

ELAINE FUNARO, Harpsichord

"A strikingly individual presence on the North American scene, redefining the harpsichord as an instrument of our time."

* Howells: Lambert's Clavichord, op. 41
* Strorace: Ballo della Battaglia
* Kent Holliday: Dances from Colca Canyon
* Timothy Brown: Suite Española
* Thomé: Rigodon
* Cervo: Pequeña Suite Brasileira
* Platti: Sonata in F Major
* Sally Mosher: Bossa Nova, Downtown Swagger Rag

March 5, 2002

APOLLO'S FIRE (on period instruments) directed by Jeannette Sorrell

"A miracle of refinement and character at the service of musical purpose."

* Telemann: Concerto Polonaise in G, Don Quixote Suite, Grillen-Symphonie (Cricket Symphony)
* James Hewitt: The Battle of Trenton (reconstructed by Jeannette Sorrell)
* Vivaldi-Sorrell: Summer from Four Seasons transcribed for solo harpsichord
* Handel and Telemann: Water Music
* Telemann: Flute and Recorder Concerto

March 8, 2002


"...amongst the elite of today's young quartets."

* Haydn: String Quartet in C Major, op. 33, no. 3 ("The Bird")
* Stephen Paulus: Quartessence
* Beth Anderson: March Swale
* Shostakovich: String Quartet no. 4 in D Major, op. 83

Presented in cooperation with the Flemish Community at the Embassy of Belgium.

March 14 and 15, 2002


"Virtuosity in abundance... a singing spontaneity in the three soloists."

* Schumann: Trio no. 1 in D Minor, op. 63
* Don Byron: Spin (McKim commission)
* Beethoven: Piano Trio in B Major, op. 97 ("Archduke")

March 16, 2002


"...a special sheen that comes only from prolonged and perceptive performance together."

* Haydn: Quartet in G major, op. 77, no. 1
* Hindemith: Quartet No. 3, op. 22
* Dvorák: Quartet in G Major, op. 106

March 22, 2002


"...brims with galloping vitality and cheeky wit..."

An evening of classics from the Great American Songbook by the "First Family of Cool" (NY Times). Jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli appears with his father, guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli; his wife, Broadway star Jessica Molaskey; younger brother Martin on bass; and pianist Ray Kennedy.
April 5, 2002

(on period instruments)

"...amongst the most exquisite experiences of recent years."

* Marc Mellits: Eleven Miniatures
* Marin Marais: La Sonnerie de St. Genevieve du Monde
* Roy Whelden: She's So Heavy
* Belinda Reynolds: Solace
* Louis-Antoine Dornel: Quartet in B Minor
* New work by Carolyn Yarnell

April 9, 2002


"...a faultless web of sound, by turns spine-tingling, diaphanous, and sensual..."

* Handel: Concerti Grosso, op. 6, no. 1
* CPE Bach: Symphony in D Major, W. 183.1
* Rameau: Suite from Les Boreades

April 16, 2002

with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano

"Musical spunk" joined by Thibaudet's "effortlessly elegant" playing.

* Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Romance for Violin and Piano (McKim Commission)
* Ravel: Quartet in F Major
* Franck: Piano Quintet in F Minor

April 18 and 19, 2002

with Gilbert Kalish, Piano

"...extraordinary unanimity of purpose..."

* Beethoven: Quartet for Piano and Strings in E-flat Major, op. 16)
* Ralph Shapey: Millennium Designs for Violin and Piano (McKim Commission World Premiere)
* Sibelius: Quartet in D Minor, op. 56 ("Voces intimae")

May 10, 2002


"...exhuberant... entrancing... fetching..."

At the forefront of the current jazz scene, vibraphonist and composer Stefon Harris leads drummer Terreon Gully, bassist Reid Anderson, and pianist Orrin Evans in an evening of post-bop, "booty-shaking soul-funk."
May 18, 2002 at 2:00pm

with Philip Setzer, Viola

"...shared sensuousness of tone... finesse, warmth, and conviction."


* Schubert: Quartet no. 12 in C Minor, D. 703 ("Quartettsatz")
* Wynton Marsalis: At the Octoroon Balls (Washington Premiere)
* Brahms: Quintet in G Major for Strings, op. 111

May 31, 2002 PAQUITO D'RIVERA and his quintet ; with Regina Carter, Violin Cuban-American clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer Paquito D'Rivera has created a multinational style that moves from Bebop to Bach and Mozart, from Afro-Cuban ritual melodies to the music of the dance halls, giving a new meaning to what is known today as Latin Jazz. Program includes the world premiere of a new Mr. D'Rivera work for violin and piano commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress.
June 5, 2002 at 12:00 noon


"...remarkable pilgrims of the gospel highway... still a mighty force to be reckoned with."

These legendary singers perform a special program of spirituals and gospel music that includes foot-stomping, hand-clapping versions of old favorites, and rare gems that are sure to move the spirit.

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