April 9, 2012

Shriver Hall Concert Series announces 2012–13 season

Shriver Hall Concert Series will open its 2012–13 eight-concert subscription series on Oct. 14 with the return of the internationally praised American Brentano String Quartet, marking its 20th anniversary with a sumptuous program of celebrated quartets by Haydn, Busoni and Brahms.

On Nov. 4, the series presents Europa Galante, formed by virtuoso Italian violinist Fabio Biondi to draw greater attention to the baroque and classical eras. The ensemble makes its series debut in a thought-provoking program of Corelli, Couperin, C.P.E. Bach and Vivaldi titled Apotheosis & Follia.

Regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski makes his highly anticipated series debut on Dec. 2. Anderszewski, a Grammy nominee and the subject of two documentary films, performs a program that includes Bach and Schumann.

Jan. 27 marks the series debut of Canadian pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin. A musician of broad musical interests and curiosity, he brings his fresh perspective on Bach, Busoni, Debussy and Rachmaninoff. Two of the world’s foremost performers—Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena and the eminent pianist and series audience favorite Yefim Bronfman—take the Shriver stage on Feb. 17.

Electrifying performances and fearless interpretations mark violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg as one of the leading violinists of our time. She’ll be joined on March 3 by pianist Anne-Marie McDermott for works by Beethoven and Bach and, following intermission, by the Parker Quartet for Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet.

April 7 brings the subscription series debut of the Pavel Haas Quartet, named for the Czech composer. The quartet will perform Haas’ third string quartet and works by Schubert and Tchaikovsky. May 5 marks the return of German cellist Alban Gerhardt, known for his unmistakable sound, intense emotionality and riveting stage presence. He is joined by Philippine pianist Cecile Licad in Bach’s glorious first cello suite and sonatas by Brahms and Debussy.

Subscriptions for all eight concerts are $229, $119 for students; individual concert tickets are $39, $19 for students. All subscription concerts take place at 5:30 p.m. in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus.

In collaboration with the Baltimore Museum of Art, Shriver Hall Concert Series@The BMA Discovery Series will present three “rising star” performers in free concerts, all at 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The 2012 Yale Gordon Competition winner, cellist Dmitry Volkov, performs on Nov. 17, violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Cedric Tiberghien on March 16 and cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan and pianist Noreen Polera on April 13. One hour before each concert, BMA docents lead concert-related tours emphasizing the intersection of musical and visual arts.