Jennifer Montbach, Artistic Director
Boston-based Radius Ensemble, named Boston’s Best Classical Ensemble 2016 by the Improper Bostonian, winner of a 2013 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, and ensemble in residence at the Longy School of Music of Bard College since 2011, presents the third concert of its eighteenth concert season on Saturday, March 4, at Pickman Hall, 27 Garden Street in Harvard Square, Cambridge.
Titled CLARITY, the concert features Brahms’s youthful and luminous Sextet No. 1 in B-flat – essentially a double string trio – which he composed during his mid-twenties, a period now known as his “first maturity.” Also on the program, music from Kenji Bunch, who solves the problem of the strikingly different timbres among wind instruments by embracing the competing textures in his work Shout Chorus, which takes its name from the climactic passage in jazz orchestra works where all the instruments join together in full voice. Also, Philip Glass’ Façades from his iconic recording, Glassworks, here arranged with the composer’s blessing for oboes and strings. Plus, three mischievous piano preludes by Boston composer David Rakowski.
03.04.17 | CLARITY
BUNCH – Shout Chorus
GLASS – Façades – arranged for oboes by Jennifer Montbach
RAKOWSKI – Three Preludes
BRAHMS – Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 18
Tickets ($12-24) and subscriptions ($50-90) can be purchased online at radiusensemble.org. Tickets are also available at the door with a nominal surcharge.
Radius Ensemble recently released its debut album, Fresh Paint. Recorded at WGBH in Boston, Fresh Paint includes four new works commissioned and premiered by Radius Ensemble during its 2015-16 concert season: Quetzal Garden by Elena Ruehr; Synchrony by Jonathan Bailey Holland; *12* by Eun Young Lee; and The Nine Rasas by John Harbison. The CD is available on iTunes and Amazon, as well as at freshpaintcd.com, a multimedia companion website with exclusive content.
ABOUT RADIUS ENSEMBLE
Radius Ensemble liberates classical music for a new generation of music lovers with a fresh combination of eclectic programming and intimate performances by extraordinary musicians.
Named Boston’s Best Classical Ensemble 2016 by the Improper Bostonian, and winner of a 2013 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Radius Ensemble’s thoughtfully curated programs balance old and new, with repertoire ranging from beloved masterworks to riveting new music – brilliantly performed by some of the best musicians in Boston. Radius’s go-for-broke performances are interspersed with brief remarks that entertain and enlighten, and followed by a free reception where musicians, composers, and listeners truly connect.
A chamber music ensemble of winds, strings, and piano, Radius Ensemble was founded in 1999 by oboist and impresario Jennifer Montbach. Radius’s subscription season includes a four-concert series at Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where the group has been Ensemble in Residence since 2011. Radius has also appeared on concert series throughout New England, including Rockport Music and Clark University. Radius has commissioned and premiered numerous works by Boston-area composers and has won several Meet the Composer grants. Committed to community outreach, Radius presents a free Saturday-morning family concert in Harvard Square, and donates free tickets to disadvantaged children and their parents or mentors through local community service agencies.
Nine core members comprise Radius Ensemble. They are joined by additional musicians as repertoire warrants, including (but not limited to) harp, percussion, and double bass. The group has also collaborated with a thereminist, several narrators, and dancers; and has appeared with film, live and recorded electronics, and other multimedia.
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