2018/2019 Season

Our 34th concert season included a series of eight concerts featuring internationally known and regionally acclaimed artists.
Minguet Quartet
Award winning German string quartet
Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3:00 pm 

The Minguet Quartet, founded in 1988, is one of the most internationally sought-after string quartets today and gives guest performances in all the great concert halls of the world. The passionate and intelligent interpretations of the Minguet Quartet always ensure inspiring listening experiences – “for the joy in sound and expression with which the ensemble makes the works speak enlivens even the smallest detail”. (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)


 

Alexander Tutunov, Professor of Piano
Presenting awards to scholarship students 
Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm - FREE to all!
Alexander Tutunov is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding virtuosos of the former Soviet Union. First Prize winner of the Belarusian National Piano Competition and winner of the Russian National Piano Competition, Tutunov's playing was described by Soviet Culture, Moscow, as "exhilarating and inspired, and which demonstrated a unique talent". Alexander Tutunov now lives in Ashland, where he is Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at Southern Oregon University.
This concert will include performances by the young artists. After intermission, Dr. Tutunov will also perform. This concert is FREE to the public.

2018-2019 Season Completed Concerts

Judith Ingolfsson & Vladimir Stoupel
Critically acclaimed duo from Iceland and Germany
performed on Sunday, September 16, 2018

 

Judith Ingolfsson and Vladimir Stoupel are both soloists with strong profiles, who search passionately for new paths in the intimate atmosphere of the chamber music recital. Their dedication and musical curiosity leads to performances and recordings of repertoire ranging from the traditional to the unjustly forgotten or neglected. With a special focus on music of the 20th Century, the Duo Ingolfsson-Stoupel presents dynamic programs that explore the countless fascinating connections between composers, history and the power of musical communication. A recent world premiere performance of the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Paul Arma at the Konzerthaus Berlin was hailed as the “sensation of the evening” by Deutschlandfunk - “there was an intensity in the performance that no one in the audience could escape."

Trio con Brio
Celebrated piano trio from Denmark
performed on Sunday, October 7, 2018 

Founded in Vienna in 1999 the group explores the piano trio repertoire with freshness and curiosity as well as with respect and reflection.  They have been gaining a reputation for the freshness of their approach to the core repertoire: “works by Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms are transformed in their hands into the alive-and-kicking music of today” – Esben Tange, editor at DR P2. 

 

Since its inception the Trio has won most of the international competitions for piano trio, including the ARD (Munich), Vittorio Gui (Florence) and Norway’s Trondheim Competition. 

American Brass Quintet
performed on 
Sunday, November 11, 2018 
 

The American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time, celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world. As 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field, ABQ's rich history includes performances in Asia, Australia, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and all fifty of the United States; a discography of nearly sixty recordings; and the premieres of over one hundred fifty contemporary brass works.

Dashon Burton, baritone
A "voice seemingly capable of raising the dead"
performed on Sunday, January 13, 2019

Praised for his "nobility and rich tone," (The New York Times) and his "enormous, thrilling voice seemingly capable ... [of] raising the dead;" (Wall Street Journal), bass-baritone Dashon Burton has appeared in the Brahms Requiem and Beethoven 9 with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra in the last two seasons; also the Mozart Requiem in the summer season at Severance Hall.  He joins forces with Cleveland and Welser-Möst again in 2017/18 for reprise performances of their groundbreaking production of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen and for performances of Beethoven 9 in their Prometheus Project, at home and abroad in Vienna and Japan.

Burton’s opera engagements include singing Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte in Dijon and Paris, and the role of Jupiter in Rameau’s Castor and Pollux with Christoph Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques.   He has toured Europe in the St. John Passion with Christoph Prégardien’s Le Concert Lorraine, and in Italy with Maaski Suzuki and the Yale Schola Cantorum in the St. Matthew Passion, a work he also sang on tour in the Netherlands with the NNSO.

Nicholas Canellakis & Michael Brown
Sought-after cellist and Lincoln Center Emerging Artist of 2018
Performed Sunday, February 10, 2019 

 

Hailed as “a pair of adventurous young talents” (Time Out New York) who “play with their antennae tuned to each other” (The Washington Post), cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist-composer Michael Brown have been captivating audiences with performances that combine masterpieces from the standard repertoire with original compositions and arrangements.

 

The Duo recently toured the United States with a program of all American composers, culminating in a New York City recital presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Canellakis and Mr. Brown regularly perform at the leading music festivals, including Music@Menlo, Bard, Ravinia, Bridgehampton, Santa Fe, La Jolla, Moab, Saratoga Springs, and Music in the Vineyards. Their debut duo album, Out of Darkness, featuring works by Barber, Shostakovich, Brown and Canellakis, was released on CAG Records.

Thomas Pandolfi
Exciting artist returns to Brookings
Performed Sunday, April 7, 2019 

American pianist Thomas Pandolfi is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique.Thomas' international concerts have included those in China, Europe and British Columbia.

An outstanding cross-over artist, Thomas' virtuoso transcriptions of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Marvin Hamlisch, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein are in much demand. Pandolfi earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the legendary Juilliard School as a scholarship student. He is the proud father of a wonderful son and daughter, and resides in Washington, DC.