Concerts take place at Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins in downtown Chicago and are usually connected with our Launchpad Project, 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’ll resume offering concerts in the fall; for now, we invite you to view examples of programs we've hosted in the past.
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Launchpad Collaborations: An After Work Chamber Concert
Monday, May 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm$10 - $25
On May 9, Darnton & Hersh presents Launchpad Collaborations: An After Work Chamber Concert, featuring internationally-acclaimed pianist Adam Neiman, along with Stefan Hersh, violin, and two talented young Boston-based artists, Jesse Morrison, viola, and Alexander Hersh, cello. The program will include the Beethoven String Trio in G major, Op. 9, No. 1, the Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, and the Dvorák Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 87. Tickets are available now.
Beethoven’s three string trios, including the String Trio No. 3 in G major featured in this concert, served as important compositional stepping stones in his development toward becoming the most radically influential string quartet composer of all time. The trios were ultimately overshadowed by Beethoven’s monumental contributions to the quartet literature beginning in 1801. But the string trios that Beethoven left us are fully worthy compositions in their own right and have found a welcome place on the concert stage.
Claude Debussy’s Cello Sonata takes listeners on an odyssey of tonal color, dramatic action, and wistful melancholy in an astonishingly-brief 11 minutes. The three movement form is freely conceived in a way that takes attention away from the form and places it on the coloristic dramatic action and sensory experience of the harmonies and textures.
Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Quartet in E flat, Op. 87 reflects the composer in full development. Dvořák’s publisher, Simrock, had long awaited a new Piano Quartet: in correspondence between the two Simrock had been nudging Dvořák firmly to this end. Finally, in the summer of 1889 Dvořák was able to finish the work and it was premiered in October 1890. Since then the Op. 87 has been consistently popular and deservedly much beloved in the standard chamber music literature.
This concert is a presentation of the Darnton & Hersh Launchpad Project, which brings talented and energetic young artists to the forefront of Chicago’s chamber music scene. For Launchpad Collaborations concerts such as this one, we follow the time-honored tradition of bringing emerging chamber musicians into the repertoire and the chamber music frame of mind through collaborations with senior colleagues. Tickets are $25 ($10 for students) and may be purchased online or at the door. The audience will have an opportunity to meet the artists at a reception immediately following the performance.
Adam Neiman photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucca