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Members of Ensemble ACJW take part in "Trout Week," a series of chamber music concerts live from the Greene Space in New York.
The German writer Goethe once described the intimacy of chamber music, specifically string quartets, as "four rational people conversing." We'll do our best this week to debunk that genteel notion with our Classics in Concert series.
We've got five nights of compelling string quartets and other chamber groups, all videocast live from WQXR's Greene Space in New York and hosted by Bill McLaughlin.
"Trout Week," inspired by Franz Schubert's great "Trout" Quintet, features solidly straight ahead ensembles like the venerable Tokyo String Quartet and others, such as the JACK Quartet, a cutting-edge outfit that expands the possibilities of what chamber music can be.
Speaking of "conversing," that's where you come in. We'll open the door to a nightly chat room, where you can talk about the performances you're watching and hearing.
Here's the concert schedule. All performances begin at 7 p.m. EDT.
Monday, April 4: From Paris, the Gramophone Award-winning Ebene Quartet plays Debussy and music from their new CD Fiction, including arrangements of pieces by Miles Davis and Astor Piazzolla, plus surf guitar legend Dick Dale's "Misirlou," which made a comeback in the movie Pulp Fiction.
Tuesday, April 5: Musicians from New York's Ensemble ACJW perform Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello and David Bruce's octet Steampunk, written especially for the group.
Wednesday, April 6: New York City's own ETHEL, a string quartet dedicated to new music, plays Julia Wolfe's Early That Summer ... and music by Dohee Lee, JacobTV, Pamela Z, Huang Ruo and Anna Clyne.
Thursday, April 7: The JACK Quartet, a New York-based group specializing in contemporary music, performs the exhilarating Tetras by Iannis Xenaxis and Death Valley Junction by Missy Mazzoli. Also featured are Ari Streisfeld's arrangements of pieces by the eccentric Renaissance composer Gesualdo.
Friday, April 8: The renowned Tokyo String Quartet, on its "Paganini Quartet" of matched Stradivarius instruments, plays Haydn's Quartet in F major, Op. 77, No. 2, plus music from Bartók's String Quartet No. 4 and Beethoven's "Grosse Fugue," Op. 133.