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, launches its nineteeth concert season on Saturday, September 23, at Pickman Hall, 27 Garden Street in Harvard Square, Cambridge.
After years of working in virtual obscurity, Dvořák wrote his second string quintet in 1875. Suddenly, he found himself on the cusp of fame, coming to the attention of Johannes Brahms, who would change the direction of his life. Frank Lloyd Wright is known not only for his houses, but also the decorative stained glass windows adorning them, whose shapes inspired Andrew Norman’s Light Screens. Also on this program, the muscular beauty of Guggenheim Award-winner Laurie San Martin’s Objets Trouvés, and Jean Françaix’s exuberant wind quartet.
September 23 | GLIMMER
SAN MARTIN – Objets Trouvés
NORMAN – Light Screens
FRANÇAIX – Wind Quartet
DVOŘÁK – String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op.77
Tickets ($12-25) and subscriptions ($40-92) 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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