Performance schedule 2012-2013
2012 – 2013
Marla Cole – violin
Evan Barber – violin
Geoff Cole – viola
Terence Sturge - cello
Tenth Season – the Season of Celebration!
September 15th, 2012
Tenth Season - the Season of Celebration!
quartet in G minor, Op. 74, No. 3, ‘Rider’
|Brahms||String Quartet in B flat, Op. 67|
String Quartet in F, Op. 96, ‘American’
The Amati Quartet launches their 10th season – the Season of Celebration – with performances to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Haydn’s famous ‘Rider’ Quartet, and the 100th anniversary of Dvořák’s most celebrated and delightful quartet, the ‘American’, as well as a historic look back at the debut concert of the Amati Quartet in September 2003 when they performed both the ‘Rider ‘and the ’American’ quartets.
Written for London audiences and the concert stage at a time when Haydn was the most famous composer in all of Europe, ‘the Rider’ was nicknamed for the energy and galloping rhythms of the outer movements. On every chamber musicians’ list of desert island discs, ‘the American’ offers some of the most delightful and spirited string quartet writing there is with snappy rhythms, folk tune melodies, bird calls, and the hauntingly beautiful slow movement duet between the violin and cello. The most lighthearted of Brahms’ chamber music, Brahms admitted this string quartet was his own favourite.
November 24th, 2012
Guest Artist: Henri Loiselle – bass -baritone
“Affectionately known as Saskatchewan’s own Singing Farmer” Henri Loiselle never fails to evoke special memories for the audience. Through his interpretation of the music, his interaction with the audience and his relaxed stage presence, he totally captivates his listeners.
Accompanied by the Amati Quartet, Loiselle’s program will include stunning renditions of a wide variety of renowned classics such as Mozarts’ Ave Verum, spirituals by H.T. Burleigh (Going Home, Deep River, and Wade in the Water), Nearer My God to Thee (the hymn played during the sinking of the Titanic), and other gems from his vast repertoire of concert and recorded repertoire.
January 26th, 2013
Guest Artist Bonnie Nicholson – piano
|Dohnányi||Serenade for String Trio, Op. 10|
|Haydn||Piano Trio in G, ‘Gypsy Rondo’|
Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25
The Amati Quartet is delighted to be joined by one of Saskatoon’s most celebrated pianists, Bonnie Nicholson, in this concert featuring both Hungarian and Hungarian-inspired music. Two of the best examples of European classical and romantic composers who wrote stylized ‘gypsy’ music are Haydn’s Piano Trio nicknamed the ‘Gypsy Rondo’ and the Brahms’ Piano Quartet titled ‘Rondo alla Zingarese’ (in the Gypsy style) . The gypsy flavour adds an exotic scent with wild rustic dances that escalate into a frenzy. The Serende by Dohnányi, who was truly a Hungarian, is a tour de force in the string trio repertoire.
April 27th, 2013
Guest artist: Randi Nelson – flute
|Arthur Foote||‘A Night Piece’ for flute and strings|
|Marjan Mozetich||‘Fantasia…sul linguaggio perduto’ for flute and strings|
|Mozart||Duo in G for violin and viola|
|Schubert||String Trio movement in B flat major, D 471|
|Beethoven||String Trio in E flat, Op. 3|
Flautist Randi Nelson performing with the Amati Quartet will describe dreams – spontaneous, sensitive, and luxurious - in the serene atmosphere of Foote’s ‘ Night Piece’, a rhapsodic fantasy for flute and strings. Also on the program is the romantic yet minimalist music of contemporary Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich - like a breath of fresh air. Mozetich’s ‘Fantasia on a Lost Language’ weaves the flute into a lush tapestry of lyrical modern sounds in a rich harmonic language.
Mozarts’ sparkling string duo, a work in which Mozart’s love of the viola as well as opera are evident throughout, is a masterpiece which he composed in disguise to help out a fellow composer in need. A charming string trio movement by Schubert serves as an appetizer to the string trio by Beethoven, a work which shocked audiences in the premiere performance with its bold alternatives to standard form and thematic expectations.
*All repertoire, dates and artists are subject to change