Ariel Quartet
Beethoven Cycle, Part 3

“A blazing, larger-than-life performance.”—Washington Post

Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing, and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel as teenagers at the Jerusalem Academy Middle School of Music and Dance and celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2020–21, the Quartet was named recipient of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, granted by Chamber Music America in recognition of artistic achievement and career support.

They return to ArtPower for two concerts this season, as they perform the complete Beethoven Cycle, in honor of the composer’s 250th birthday in 2020. This concert marks the third of a five-concert series.


Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in A Major, op. 18, no. 5; String Quartet in E minor, op. 59, no. 2; String Quartet in B-flat Major, op 130, no. 2

Ariel Quartet
Beethoven Cycle, Part 4

Distinguished by its virtuosity, probing musical insight, and impassioned, fiery performances, the Ariel Quartet returns to the stage at ArtPower for the fourth installment of a five-concert series performing Beethoven’s complete string cycle. The Quartet will offer a lateral cut of this fascinating composer’s compositional life; and this concert will have a hidden layer to it—engaging the audience in a program of ‘firsts’! The evening program includes the first string quartet Beethoven ever wrote, opus 18, no. 3; as well as opus 131, Beethoven’s personal favorite string quartet.


Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in D Major, op.18, no. 3; String Quartet in F Major, op. 59, no. 1; String Quartet in C-sharp minor, op. 131, no. 14

Takae Ohnishi & Friends
The Joyful Baroque

Harpsichordist Takae Ohnishi will be joined by her friends to present an evening of joyful Baroque music, focusing on the dances.

Derived from theatrical and social dance of the upper class in Europe, dance music became such an important foundation of instrumental music, and it led to critical genres in chamber music. Historical dances, such as gavotte, sarabande, courante, and gigue, went through significant transformation, while still retaining their rhythmic features in these pieces. In this concert, we will present a variety of popular dances – the rock and roll of the time. The program includes works by some of the all-time favorite composers such as Telemann, Vivaldi, and Bach.



Castalian Quartet

“…a feisty group, with a real personality and strong interpretative ideas”—Guardian

​In the nine years since its formation, the London-based Castalian Quartet has distinguished itself as one of the most dynamic, sophisticated young string quartets performing today. Recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2019 Young Artists Award, the Quartet also received the prestigious inaugural Merito String Quartet Award and Valentin Erben Prize in 2018, has won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award, and is beginning to gain international acclaim as they take their talents abroad.

Recent highlights for the Quartet include concerts at Wigmore Hall, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Neuchatel Chamber Music Festival in Switzerland, Banff International Festival, as well as tours of China and Colombia.


Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet no. 6 in F minor, op. 80; Leoš Janáček: String Quartet no. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata”; Johannes Brahms: String Quartet no. 2 in A minor, op. 51

Viano String Quartet

Praised for their “huge range of dynamics, massive sound, and spontaneity” (American Record Guide), the Viano String Quartet are former major prize winners at the Wigmore Hall, Osaka, and Fischoff International String Quartet Competitions. Formed in 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, where they are the school’s inaugural ensemble in residence. Together they have performed with world class musicians such as pianists Emanuel Ax and Elisso Virsaladze, violist Paul Coletti, violinist Martin Beaver, and vocalist Hila Plitmann.

The name “Viano” was created to describe the four individual instruments in a string quartet interacting as one. Each of the four instruments begins with the letter “v” and, like a piano, all of the strings working together as a string quartet, play both harmony and melody, creating a unified instrument, called the “Viano.”


Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in G Major, opus 76, no. 1; Jordan Nelson: Join for String Quartet (world premiere); Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet no. 13 in G Major, opus 106

Cancelled: An Evening with J.S. Bach
Takae Ohnishi and Friends

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UC San Diego lecturer Takae Ohnishi teams up with friends from the San Diego Symphony—principal flautist Rose Lombardo and associate principal cellist Chia-Ling Chien—in an evening of some of Bach’s most beloved pieces. It will include Sonatas for the Viola Da Gamba, Flute and Basso Continuo, as well as selections from Bach’s solo cello suite and the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue for Harpsichord.

Penderecki Piano Trio

The Penderecki Piano Trio was created by three of the most dedicated and outstanding Polish musicians of our time. The promisingly gifted pianist Konrad Skolarski, the breathtaking virtuoso Jarosław Nadrzycki , and the sensational cellist Karol Marianowski are all acclaimed artists in their country and abroad. They are laureates of many international music competitions, each with a long history of performances all over Europe, North and South America, as well as Asia.

As soloists or as chamber musicians (two of the musicians were recently at the core of the Meccore String Quartet), each member of the trio has performed in distinguished concert halls, such as Wigmore Hall (London), Frick Collection (New York), Pollack Hall (Montreal), as well as with leading orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Simón Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela.


Claude Debussy: Premier trio in G Major; J. Haydn: Piano Trio in G Major Hob. XV/25 “Gypsy”; P. Łukaszewski – Piano trio;

Escher Quartet with Jason Vieaux

“A level of individual technical precision and a collective musical purpose that is endlessly compelling. Sheer brilliance.”—The Strad

Acclaimed for their profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty, the Escher String Quartet “hold[s] the listener spellbound from first bar to last” (BBC Music Magazine). A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its hometown of New York City, the ensemble serves as season artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Escher Quartet is joined by Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux. “Among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), Vieaux is “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation” (NPR).


Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in G Major, op. 77, no. 1; George Enescu: String Quartet no. 2 in G Major; Duke Ellington: In a Sentimental Mood; Fernando Bustamante: Misionera; Francisco Tárrega: Capricho árabe

Ariel Quartet
Beethoven Cycle, Part 2

“A blazing, larger-than-life performance.”—Washington Post

Distinguished by its virtuosic playing and impassioned interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has earned its glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel nearly twenty years ago, the Quartet was recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. The Ariel serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the rigorous chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts in addition to their busy touring schedule.

In honor of Beethoven’s sestercentennial in 2020, the Ariel Quartet will perform the complete Beethoven Cycle. This concert marks the second of a five-concert series.


Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in E-flat Major;op. 127; String Quartet in B-flat Major, op. 18, no. 6; String Quartet “Rasumovsky,” op. 59, no. 3

Cancelled: Spektral Quartet

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Declared “one of Chicago’s most adventurous chamber ensembles” (Chicago Tribune), the twice-Grammy-nominated Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year, or this week. Praised by the New York Times for its “supreme technical command that seems to come easily,” Spektral is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere, and bold, inquisitive programming.

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment granting women’s constitutional right to vote, the Quartet’s SHE WILL NOT BE SILENT program is a celebration of legendary women composers throughout the course of history who followed their own path. It is dedicated to all women who have fought for their voices to be heard.


Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-flat Major; Ruth Crawford Seeger: String Quartet; Eliza Brown: Quartet no. 1; Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Sigurdur Gudjonsson: Enigma