Beaux Arts at Opera Naples
Now - April 11, 2019
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Opera Naples produces an annual chamber music series with Artistic Directors Tao Lin and Catherine Lan.
The Maxwell String Quartet is 1st Prizewinner and Audience Prizewinner at the 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2017, and hailed as "brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating" by The Scottish Herald, and "superb storytelling by four great communicators" by The Strad Magazine, the Maxwell Quartet is now firmly regarded as one of Britain's finest string quartets, with a strong connection to their folk music heritage and a commitment to bringing together wide-ranging projects and programmes to expand the string quartet repertoire. The quartet performs regularly across the UK and abroad, at venues including London's Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, with performances through the Park Lane Young Artist Programme, the Tunnell Trust Awards Scheme, and the Kirckman Concert Society programme.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
One of the rare professional string trios performing and touring today, the Aspen String Trio is celebrated for virtuoso performances offered with humor and insight. AST performs the complete trios of Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert, as well as lesser known blockbuster works by Dohnanyi, Hindemith, Martinů, Rozsa, Klein, Veress, Villa-Lobos and Ysaÿe, among others. Their many "themed" concert programs, in high demand, include a Goldberg Variations lecture recital and a "Degenerate" concert of music by composers tragically suppressed by the Nazi regime-music of profound beauty and hope. Recent engagements include the Los Angeles Music Guild and the National Gallery of Art, as well as residencies throughout the country. Summer faculty colleagues at the Aspen Festival and School, AST members have been playing together for more than twenty years: violinist David Perry, violist Victoria Chiang, and cellist Mike Mermagen. The Aspen String Trio has just released its first recording: music of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss, and is currently recording the complete string trios music of Martinů for the Naxos label.
Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
A violist of international reputation, Roberto Díaz is president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music, following in the footsteps of renowned soloist/directors such as Josef Hofmann, Efrem Zimbalist, and Rudolf Serkin. As a teacher of viola at Curtis and former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Díaz has already had a significant impact on American musical life and continues to do so in his dual roles as performer and educator. As a soloist, Mr. Díaz collaborates with leading conductors of our time on stages throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
Mr. Díaz received an honorary doctorate from Bowdoin College and was awarded an honorary membership by the National Board of the American Viola Society. In 2013 Mr. Díaz became a member of the prestigious American Philosophical Society founded by Benjamin Franklin. In addition to his decade-long tenure as principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he performed the entire standard viola concerto repertoire and gave a number of Philadelphia Orchestra premieres, Mr. Díaz was principal viola of the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovich, a member of the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa, and a member of the Minnesota Orchestra under Sir Neville Marriner.
For more information on any of these events please visit: http://operanaples.org/2018-2019-season/