Master Series tickets $3 Student/Senior | $5 Adult
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Atlantic Reed Consort
7:30 pm | Tuesday, January 15 | Staples Family Concert Hall
The Atlantic Reed Consort strives to bring chamber music to a broad audience in an unexpected format. A quintet comprised of oboe, clarinet, bassoon, bass clarinet and saxophone, their cutting edge sound and style both embraces the contemporary and adds a new twist to the likes of Bach, Gershwin and Ravel. They promote chamber music through educational clinics and recitals, public outreach concerts, and recordings. Their debut album, Atlantic Reed Consort, can be found on iTunes.
Lansing Symphony Orchestra Chamber Quartet
7:30 pm | Thursday, January 17 | Staples Family Concert Hall
This program features CMU faculty and principals from the Lansing Symphony Orchestra in performance of works for two pianos and two percussionists. Bartok’s ground breaking piece “Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion” is his most performed work. This groundbreaking piece incorporates the rhythmic and timbral richness of percussion instruments into the rich texture of the pianos. David Maslanka’s “This is the World We Know…” creates a piece rich in warmth, complex sonorities, and compelling tension
Jazz Weekend with Kirk Macdonald and Adam Nussbaum
8:00 pm | Friday, February 1 | Platcha Auditorium
One of Canada’s leading saxophonists, Kirk MacDonald cut his first record at the age of 13. He has performed on over fifty CDs and has participated in numerous national broadcast recordings for CBC Radio and has been active as an educator for 27 years at leading jazz studies programs. MacDonald acts as the Artistic Director for the “Youth Jazz Canada” project and directs the “National Youth Jazz Combo”.
Adam Nussbaum is considered one of the finest drummers in the world. He had played with other notable artists like John Abercrombie, Michael & Randy Brecker, Bob Brookmeyer, Eliane Elias, Gil Evans, Stan Getz, Vic Juris, James Moody, John Scofield, Joe Sample, Ohad Talmor, and ‘Toots’ Thielemans. An in-demand educator doing Clinics and Master Classes, he has taught at such institutions as Berklee, NYU, State University of New York, the New School, and at numerous Conservatories around the world.
Brentano String Quartet
7:30 pm | Tuesday, February 12 | Staples Family Concert Hall
Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. They have performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House. The Quartet frequently collaborates with contemporary composers; recent commissions include a piano quintet by Vijay Iyer and a work by Eric Moe. In 2012, the Quartet provided the central music (Beethoven Opus 131) for the critically-acclaimed independent film ALate Quartet.
This performance is made possible by the Samuel W. & Gertrude A. Staples Master Series Endowment.
Elias Goldstein, viola
*NEW TIME* 4:00 pm | Sunday, February 17 | Staples Family Concert Hall
Dr. Elias Goldstein holds degrees from DePaul University (MM) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (DMA). Goldstein has performed all over the world including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall where he was the first violist to perform all 24 Caprices by Paganini. Dr. Goldstein has been invited to perform for William Bolcom’s 80th anniversary concert at Merkin Hall, and a world tour for his upcoming release Melanconico featuring works by Schumann, Clara and Enescu.
h2/4 Duo, saxophone
3:00 pm | Sunday, March 24 | Staples Family Concert Hall
Founding members Jeffrey Loeffert and Jonathan Nichol are dedicated to commissioning and performing compelling new works for saxophone. They have performed at summer music festivals such as Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and theCortona Sessions for New Music in Italy. h2/ 4 Duo promotes the awareness and appreciation of saxophone performance and education.
"The Quitest of Whispers"
with ÆPEX Contemporary Performance and music by Evan Ware
7:30 pm | Sunday, March 31 | Staples Family Concert Hall
Featuring guest artists ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, this concert of exclusive programming will leave audiences inspired. ÆPEX is a contemporary music presenting organization that promotes the world’s best new music at the highest possible artistic level. They aim to showcase rarely performed and underrepresented composers from around the world and provide Michigan audiences the opportunity to interact with the ever-broadening universe of twentieth and twenty-first century musical expression.
Download the link to our press release for this event here. PR Ware AEPEX.pdf
Nahim Marun, piano
7:30 pm | Thursday, April 11 | Chamichian Recital Hall
An award-winning Brazilian pianist, Nahim Marun studied at Mannes College of Music in New York City and Universidade Estadual de Campinas, and Université Paris- Sorbonne. He has taught piano performance since 1998 at UNESP and is the author of the book Advanced Piano Technique. Marun has performed in many recordings of Brazilian contemporary music and has premiered many works by Brazilian composers such as Gil Jardim, Flo Menezes, and Edino Krieger.