Thursday Dec 20, 2018 4:00 pm
*PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE AT A PRIVATE RESIDENCE IN BEAVER CREEK (NOT THE VPAC)*
In its inaugural year, the VPAC Classical Salon series is designed to provide an elevated, up-close experience for avid classical music lovers. This collection of five very special performances will take place in private homes and intimate
spaces throughout the valley, featuring internationally acclaimed soloists and ensembles. Salon performances are fun, social experiences that allow for focused listening as well as personal interaction with the artists. Each event will begin with a reception of wine and hors d’ouevres, followed by a 60-minute performance.
The Classical Salon Series Line-Up Includes:
DEC 20 / Spanish Brass @ VPAC Main Stage
JAN 6 / Anna Christy, soprano & Joe Illick, piano @ The Browning/Illick Private Residence in Vail, Co.
FEB 11 / Trio Con Brio Copenhagen @ Chateau at Beaver Creek Library; Reception provided by Splendido at the Chateau
MAR 5 / Rising Stars Of the Opera @ VPAC May Gallery
MAR 28 / Minetti Quartet @ The Balk Private Residence in Beaver Creek, Co.
SINGLE ADMISSION TICKETS: $150 per person
A small number of single admission tickets to individual Classical Salon events are available for purchase.
JOIN THE SOCIETY: $500 per person
This exclusive society for classical enthusiasts is only available to the first 30 participants, providing access to all five Salon performances at a $250 savings! Passes are fully transferable.
More about the series at: vilarpac.org/classical-salon-series
Maria Ehmer, violin
Anna Knopp, violin
Milan Milojicic, viola
Leonhard Roczek, cello
For its fifteenth anniversary the Minetti Quartett was invited to start their own cycle of concerts at Vienna’s newest venue, the MuTh concert hall in the city’s Augarten. They will continue this successful series through the 2018/19 season. A newly recorded CD with 20th century music and concert tours to France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria and America are further highlights of this season.
The name Minetti Quartett derives from a play by the dramatist Thomas Bernhard, who lived in Ohlsdorf in Austria’s Salzkammergut region, where the two violinists of the quartet grew up.
Since being nominated for the “Rising Stars” award by the European Concert Hall Organization in 2008/09, the Minetti Quartett, comprising Austrian musicians all living in Vienna, has performed many times in renowned venues in Vienna, Berlin, Cologne, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Stockholm, Brussels, London and other locations. Invitations to chamber music festivals have taken the quartet to North, Central and South America, Australia, Japan and China. Many of their concerts have been recorded and broadcast by international radio stations.
They perform with chamber music partners including Fazil Say, Till Fellner, Jörg Widmann, Paul Meyer, Martin Fröst, Sharon Kam, Thomas Riebl, István Vardai, Camille Thomas, Alois Posch, the Mandelring Quartett and soloists of the Vienna and Berlin philharmonic orchestras. The quartet has performed solo with the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz and with the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Vienna.
The Minetti Quartett is a winner of many international chamber music competitions (Schubert Competition, Haydn Competition) and was awarded Austria’s Grosser Gradus ad Parnassum Prize, the start-up grant of the Austrian federal ministry and the Karajan Grant.
Johannes Meissl and the musicians of the Alban Berg Quartett were the Minetti Quartett’s teachers at the Music University in Vienna. They also gained crucial artistic input from Ferenc Rados, Alfred Brendel and members of the Artemis Quartett, Amadeus Quartet and Hagen Quartett by participating at European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) courses.
Since 2009 Hänssler Classic has released four highly acclaimed CD recordings (Haydn, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Schubert) by the ensemble, while Avi Music has released the Clarinet Quintets featuring Matthias Schorn.
The quartet has undertaken teaching projects in Finland, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and at American and Austrian universities (Mozarteum Salzburg, Music University of Graz).
The Austrian National Bank has placed two violins by G. B. Guadagnini (Mantegazza of 1774 and ex Meinel of 1770-1775) and a cello by G. Tononi (Bologna, 1681) on loan to the quartet. Milan Milojicic plays a viola by Bernd Hiller (2009).
About the Program:
The Theme of this program is about “from zest for life, infused witty humor to deep sadness and desperation” This gives the program contrasts, exhibiting the emotions who are very close to each other but extremely different. In many of Joseph Haydn’s string quartets this was especially true which the members of the quartet can highlight to the audience. Shostakovich wrote the 7.Streichquartett for his wife after she died. In this music one can feel the sadness, desperation, anger but also the melancholic melodies illustrating the beautiful memories. A truly personal work.
In Schubert’s last string quartet, the composer duels in general with the existential questions what has to be and what not in D sharp Major.
Haydn: Streichquartett op 33/2 in Es-Dur “Der Scherz”
Shostakovich: Streichquartett Nr.7 op 108 in fis-moll Pause
Schubert: Streichquartett D887 in G-Dur