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Shostakovich as a “Calling Card”


The pairing of performers and compatriot composers is such a satisfying notion (like having a French meal at l’Ecole Le Cordon Bleu Paris) that in a field crowded with artists carving out an identity, it happens a lot. It almost seems cliché for a Russian quartet to focus on Shostakovich – except so many reviewers

The Danish String Quartet Warms Up at WFMT

Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola and Frederik Øland, violin

There’s been a lot of buzz around these boys lately. The New Yorker, NPR’s Performance Today, and The Washington Post all have taken note of the quartet that began a residency at Lincoln Center this fall. They are the Danish String Quartet, a group of guys who met as pre-teens at music camp in Denmark, and have been best friends and musical collaborators ever since.

Cross-Pollination in Chicago Yields Black Oak Ensemble

Goran Ivanovic, Desiree Ruhstrat, Aurelien Pederzoli, and David Cunliffe

It’s like seeing old friends get together to make a new couple. Two members of the Lincoln Trio join a Spektral Quartet violinist – but he’s playing viola – and a Chicago guitarist who’s collaborated with Fareed Haque: they are the Black Oak Ensemble. Composed of Goran Ivanovic, guitar; Desiree Ruhstrat, violin; Aurelien Pederzoli, viola; and David Cunliffe, cello, the Black Oak Ensemble

How Good is Music Education in Chicago?

20-year-old Arianna Smith

On Wednesday the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts welcomes 20-year-old violist Arianna Smith in what’s really a homecoming. She grew up in St. Charles, Illinois, but has been studying at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. As a product of Chicago’s music community, Arianna has both the local perspective on music education as well as a national