February 14, 2016 — 4 PM
The most sought-after trio in the world, the Grammy®-nominated Eroica Trio thrills audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. Whether playing the great standards of the piano trio repertoire or daring contemporary works, the three young women who make up this celebrated ensemble electrify the concert stage with their passionate performances. The New York Times writes, “They play chamber music for the concert hall. There is an edge of the seat intensity to every note they produce”. The Trio won the prestigious Naumburg Award.
Badke String Quartet
February 28, 2016 — 4 PM
The Badke Quartet, formed in 2002, is widely recognized as one of Britain ’s finest string quartets. The Quartet has received widespread acclaim for its energetic and vibrant performances. The Badke Quartet regularly perform at concert halls and festivals in the UK and abroad since September 2014, the Badkes are Quartet-in-Residence at Royal Holloway University in London . The Quartet play on a fine set of instruments. Charlotte performs on the 1685 ‘Gagliano’ Stradivarius; Emma, a Peter Guarnerius violin from 1672; Jon plays a Giovanni Grancino viola from 1692; and Jonathan is performing on a fine Italian cello from Venice.
Axiom Brass Quintet
March 13, 2016 — 4 PM
Winners of the Passau International Competition for Brass Instruments (2012), the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition (2012), the International Brass Chamber Music Competition (2008), and the Fischoff Educator Award (2010), Axiom Brass is a Chicago-based quintet dedicated to enriching the lives of its audiences, as well as to educating future musicians and appreciators of great music. Axiom’s broadly appealing repertoire includes traditional brass quintets, string quartet transcriptions, early music, and unique arrangements of American and Latin jazz. The ensemble’s commitment to new music has led to several world premieres and ongoing commissioning projects. Axiom Brass is an Ensemble-in-Residence at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Rush Hour Concerts' “Back of the Yards” program in Chicago, and they perform exclusively on Mutec Mutes and S. E. Shires Trumpets and Trombones.