Concerts take place at Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins in downtown Chicago; most concerts have been part of our Launchpad Project series, which brings talented and energetic young artists to the forefront of Chicago’s chamber music scene. A reception follows each concert, providing audience members the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists. We're just beginning to offer concerts again since moving to our new location at 11 East Adams, but we also invite you to view examples of programs we've hosted in the past.
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Launchpad Collaborations: An Evening of Chamber Music
Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm$10 - $25
Enjoy an evening of chamber music performed by students and faculty of the Music Conservatory, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University. Artists are Sam Battista, violin; Stefan Hersh, violin; Michael Schneider, viola; Miles Link, cello; and Julian Hersh, cello. Purchase tickets online (no additional fee for online purchase).
Two beloved works will be featured in our January 14th program. Beethoven’s String Trios Opus 9—of which the C minor Trio is No. 3—were composed in 1797 and served either deliberately or indirectly as a precursor to the composer’s first string quartets, which he would begin the following year. The Opus 9 No. 3 trio is the most advanced of the three and is full of dramatic tension, displaying Beethoven’s broad emotional palette even at this early stage of his artistic development.
Schubert admired Beethoven greatly and modeled many works after those of the composer in whose shadow he stood. The String Quintet in C major D. 956 is Schubert’s final, and perhaps most admired, chamber work. It is an epic journey, unique in the literature and at the core of the repertoire that all serious chamber musicians must have in their arsenal. As such it is a perfect vehicle for a collaborative effort between D&H principals Stefan and Julian Hersh and advanced students from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts’ intensive chamber music program.
Beethoven: String Trio in C minor, Opus 9, No. 3
Schubert: String Quintet in C major for two violins, viola, and two cellos, D.956, Opus 163
This concert is a special presentation through the Darnton & Hersh Launchpad Project, which brings talented and energetic young artists to the forefront of Chicago’s chamber music scene. Whether in structured formal settings or more informally, emerging chamber musicians have usually been brought into the repertoire and the chamber music frame of mind through collaborations with senior colleagues. This “Launchpad Collaborations” concert presents fresh takes on cornerstones of the literature by bringing together three emerging artists with established performers Stefan and Julian Hersh. Sam Battista, Miles Link, and Michael Schneider are all advanced students at the CCPA. They have played in a variety of orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the Chicagoland area and elsewhere. Among them they have won prizes in numerous competitions as soloists and ensemble members.
Tickets are $25 ($10 for students) and are available online or at the door (no additional fee for online purchase). The audience will have an opportunity to meet the artists at a reception immediately following the performance.
The portrait of Franz Schubert shown is in the public domain.