The Amicus Trio – Saturday, January 21 at 5PM
The Amicus Trio presents a dazzling program of Russian and Armenian music featuring the Piano Trio in F# minor by Arno Babajanian, which Shostakovich called "One of the masterpieces of the 20th century," and the Prokofiev Cello Sonata in C Major.
Violinist Melody Chang, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and USC's Thornton School of Music, was the first prize winner of the 2013 Third Hong Kong International Violin Competition. Cellist Coleman Itzkoff, a graduate of USC's Thornton School of Music, is the 2016 artist-in-residence for Heifetz On Tour. Itzkoff has performed at the Aspen, La Jolla, Yellow Barn & Music@Menlo festivals. Alin Melik-Adamyan, also a graduate of USC's Thornton School of Music, took first prize at the Los Angeles Liszt International Competition and won the 2014 MTNA State Piano Competition.
“From Schumann to the Stars”
An exotic journey from Robert Schumann through Garth Knox explores beautiful and exotic worlds of sound with the award-winning Argus Quartet. Program includes: Robert Schumann - String Quartet No. 3 (1842), Todd Mason - Andante (2014), Ted Hearne - For David Lang (2016), Garth Knox - Satellites (2016)
The Argus Quartet has received wide acclaim as one of the top young string quartets in the U.S. The Calgary Herald recently described the quartet as playing "with supreme melodic control and total authority." Currently in a fellowship program at Yale, where they study with the Brentano Quartet, they have participated in the Kronos Quartet Workshop at Carnegie Hall as well as many of the most prestigious music programs, festivals, and competitions here and abroad. They were recently selected as one of a handful of quartets to attend the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar in New York City.
SAKURA – “Renewal”
The SAKURA cello quintet, hailed as “brilliant” and “superb” (by Mark Swed, L.A. Times) will perform an eclectic program of Renaissance music, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy, Dvorak, Bernstein, Messiaen and Mason.
Drawing from the rich heritage of a repertoire that spans eight centuries, SAKURA programs are constructed around conceptual threads, with the goal of opening new vistas through the magical sound of five cellos. This program, Renewal, transports the listener on a journey through the cycle of life, rebirth and reawakening.
SAKURA is built on the artistry and virtuosity of its members: Michael Kaufman, Benjamin Lash, Gabriel Martins, Yoshika Masuda, and Peter Myers. SAKURA recently performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall and received a prestigious Tarisio Trust grant for young artists. The quintet operates as a true chamber ensemble, rehearsing extensively and distilling its unique sound through time. Sakura is named in honor of the great mentor and artist Ralph Kirshbaum, with whom all five members studied at USC: 桜 sakura (Japanese) and Kirschbaum (German) have the same meaning (cherry tree).