The Ariel Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle Concludes with Performances on March 25, 27 and 29

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Join us next week for the stunning conclusion to the Ariel Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle! The Ariel Quartet will finish its first complete tour of Beethoven’s string quartets with a trio of performances on March 25, 27 and 29.

To celebrate the occasion, we are delighted to present an excerpt of Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Minor Op. 95, “Serioso,” recorded live in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium in January of 2014. Watch the video embed below or view it on YouTube here!

Please see the schedule below for complete details.

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CCM Announces Revised Performance Schedule for the Ariel Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle

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CCM is pleased to announce a revised performance schedule for the remaining installments of the Ariel Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle. A make-up date of Tuesday, March 25, has been added to this concert series, necessitated by the weather-related cancellation of the Quartet’s Jan. 25 performance.

The original order of the repertoire will be followed for the remainder of the Beethoven Cycle, so the program originally announced for Jan. 25 will now be performed on Thursday, Feb. 20. Please see the revised schedule below for complete details.

Concert ticket holders affected by the University of Cincinnati’s closure on Jan. 25 can contact CCM Box Office Manager Jeanne Rose at 513-556-9443 or rosej2@ucmail.uc.edu for additional assistance.

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The Ariel Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle Opens to Rave Reviews

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The Ariel Quartet‘s complete tour of Beethoven’s string quartets commenced last evening and the opening performance of The Cycle was met with rave reviews!

In her write-up for Music in Cincinnati, Mary Ellyn Hutton writes, “Evident at once in any performance by the Ariel Quartet are the differing personalities of its members. Kazovsky is sweeping and demonstrative. Gershon is pointed and elegant. Violist Grüning radiates confidence and control, while cellist Even-Tov is animated, with facial expressions to match. And how beautifully they come together to make music.” Read the full review here.

In her review for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Janelle Gelfand writes, “One could marvel at their pinpoint attack and cutoffs, performed for maximum dramatic effect, sometimes with flinging bows. The slow movement was phrased with profound beauty, and the players breathed together as one.” Read the full review here.

iSPYCiNCY.com also provides a video teaser for “The Cycle” in its recap of CCM’s Moveable Feast. Watch the video here.

Earlier this week, CityBeat published an in-depth feature on the Ariel Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle. Read the full article here.

“The Cycle” continues at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 Thursday, Feb. 20. Learn more about the performance here.

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CCM Video: The Ariel Quartet Presents ‘The Cycle’

In honor of tonight’s opening installment of the Ariel Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle, we proudly present an excerpt from the Quartet’s very first concert while in residence at CCM! Enjoy an excerpt from Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135, recorded live in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall on Sept. 11, 2012.

Also, be sure to pick up this week’s issue of CityBeat for an in-depth preview of “The Cycle,” courtesy of Anne Arenstein. The Jan. 22 issue of CityBeat is on newsstands now and is also available online here.

For more information about “The Cycle,” please visit http://ccm.uc.edu.

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The Ariel Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle Commences With Series-Opening Concerts on Jan. 23 and 25!

From left to right: Amit Even-Tov, Jan Grüning, Alexandra Kazovsky and Gershon Gerchikov are the Ariel Quartet. Photography by Saverio Truglia.

From left to right: Amit Even-Tov, Jan Grüning, Alexandra Kazovsky and Gershon Gerchikov are the Ariel Quartet. Photography by Saverio Truglia.

CCM proudly presents the opening concerts of the Ariel Quartet’s first complete Beethoven Cycle on Thursday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 Thursday, Feb. 20. Both performances begin at 8 p.m. in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium.

Through the course of this six-part concert series – otherwise known as “The Cycle” – CCM’s acclaimed string quartet-in-residence will perform all 17 of Ludwig van Beethoven’s string quartets. Taken as a whole, these works are widely regarded as the greatest achievement in the history of western chamber music.

The program for the Ariel Quartet’s series-opening concert on Thursday, Jan. 23, includes Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1; String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 (“Serioso”); and String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127.

The Saturday, Jan. 25, Thursday, Feb. 20 program includes Beethoven’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2; String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3 (“Razumovsky”); and String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135.

The quartet debated about how to present “The Cycle,” whether to play it in chronological order or to break it apart and program works from different periods into each concert, members explain.

Beethoven’s life and works are frequently divided into three general periods: a formative period lasting until around 1802, a middle period lasting until around 1812 and a transcendent third or late period lasting until 1827. For their first complete cycle, the members of the Ariel Quartet decided to present one composition from each period during each concert. Every concert in “The Cycle” will open with one of Beethoven’s Opus 18 quartets, the first set of string quartets he composed during his early period.

The members of the Quartet explain, “Most concerts will present three works in chronological order, offering audiences a rare opportunity to listen to all three periods back to back. We feel this will allow each concert to showcase the development of Beethoven as a composer, enabling our audience to experience this music to its fullest.”

“It’s not often that we have the opportunity to experience the complete oeuvre of a creative individual’s output,” observes Peter Landgren, dean and Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music at CCM, who worked closely with the Ariel Quartet to plan this concert series. “‘The Cycle’ provides just such an opportunity.”

“The Cycle” will be held in UC’s acoustically stunning Corbett Auditorium with performances scheduled for 8 p.m. on Jan. 23 and 25, Feb. 20 and 22, as well as March 25, 27 and 29, 2014.

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The Ariel Quartet Presents a Complete Tour of Beethoven’s String Quartets in Early 2014

From left to right: Alexandra Kazovsky, Jan Grüning, Amit Even-Tov and Gershon Gerchikov are the Ariel Quartet.

From left to right: Alexandra Kazovsky, Jan Grüning, Amit Even-Tov and Gershon Gerchikov are the Ariel Quartet. Photography by Saverio Truglia.

The Ariel Quartet proudly presents its first Beethoven Cycle during a series of six concerts in January, February and March of 2014. The acclaimed string quartet-in-residence at CCM will present a complete tour of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s 17 string quartets (including the “Große Fuge” or “Grand Fugue”) in a performance series dubbed “The Cycle.”

With this series, the Ariel Quartet (Alexandra Kazovsky and Gershon Gerchikov, violinists; Jan Grüning, violist; and Amit Even-Tov, cellist) is poised to become one of the first professional Quartets to publicly perform the complete Beethoven cycle before its members reach the age of 30.

These six concerts will also mark the first time a complete cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets has been performed at CCM. The series is believed to be Cincinnati’s first complete Beethoven Cycle, as well.

“The members of the Ariel Quartet and I began speaking of their interest in performing the Beethoven Quartet Cycle almost as soon as they began their CCM residency,” explains Peter Landgren, Dean and Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music at CCM. “I view the performance of all of the Beethoven String Quartets as the scaling of Mount Everest for not just the performers, but also the listeners.”

Beethoven’s 17 string quartets are considered by many to be the greatest achievement in the history of western chamber music. The members of the Ariel Quartet have had a longstanding fascination with these pieces, exploring Beethoven’s quartets one by one as a young ensemble.

“The quartets exhibit the gradual transformation of Beethoven’s musical language and were of tremendous influence on the development of music history,” the members of the Quartet explain. “Beethoven’s tragedies and struggles in life come through this music. The complete cycle of his string quartets translates into a journey leading to the most intimate and spiritual heights of the human soul.”

While many Quartets perform the cycle over a year’s time or longer, Dean Landgren challenged the Ariel Quartet to consider a “festival-style” approach to its upcoming cycle, keeping the performances in close proximity. The result is a concert series running on three pairs of consecutive Thursdays and Saturdays at the end of January, February and March. See complete schedule below.

“Hearing these masterpieces performed by the Ariel Quartet – not one member of which will be 30 years old at the time of these performances – will be life-changing for our audiences,” says Dean Landgren. “We have plans to record these live performances for posterity.”

For their part, the members of the Ariel Quartet are equally enthused about this concert series. “After exploring these works for so many years, we feel very lucky to have the opportunity to perform all of them as a cycle following the historical path these quartets reveal. This will be our first complete cycle, which will add so much to the unbelievable excitement and thrill!”

“The Cycle” will be held in UC’s acoustically stunning Corbett Auditorium with performances scheduled for 8 p.m. on January 23 and 25, February 20 and 22 and March 27 and 29, 2014.

Subscription packages and single tickets are on sale now. Subscribe to the full concert series for just $90 and save 25% off single ticket prices. See below for more information.

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CCM’s ‘A Moveable Feast’ Returns on Jan. 17, 2014

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Cincinnati’s premiere fundraiser returns in early 2014 when CCM presents “A Moveable Feast.” The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, and this year’s “Feast” celebrates the theme “Starstruck.”

A star-powered showcase of CCM’s world-class performing and media arts programs and state-of-the-art facilities, the fundraiser features samplings of artistic and culinary delights throughout CCM Village. Guests can enjoy backstage tours and plan their own schedule of 20-minute samplings of student entertainment, including Jazz, Musical Theatre, Piano, Opera, Drama, Dance, Orchestra and Chamber Winds performances, along with E-Media video productions and much more.

This year’s artistic menu also includes performances by the Steel Drum Band and by CCM’s internationally acclaimed string quartet-in-residence, the Ariel Quartet, which will perform selections from its upcoming Beethoven Cycle—a series of six concerts in Corbett Auditorium in January, February and March of 2014.

The evening’s program will begin in Corbett Auditorium with a prelude performance featuring the Jazz Ensemble. The “Feast” will conclude with a performance by the Philharmonia Orchestra. Cocktails and dinner-by-the-bite provided by Jeff Thomas Catering will be served throughout the evening. Tickets to last year’s event sold out in record time, so act now to secure your place at the “Feast.”

Learn more about “A Moveable Feast” by visiting ccm.uc.edu/support/events.

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Ariel Quartet Wins Cleveland Quartet Award

The Ariel String Quartet at CCM. Courtesy of The Enquirer/ Liz Dufour.

The Ariel String Quartet at CCM. Courtesy of The Enquirer/ Liz Dufour.

It is our pleasure to report that CCM’s string quartet-in-residence, the internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet, has added another major award to its already impressive list of honors! The Quartet will receive the Cleveland Quartet Award, a biennial honor that recognizes and promotes rising string quartets.

The award will be presented at Chamber Music America’s National Conference next January. “We are delighted that the Ariel Quartet has been recognized for its impressive artistic achievements, and pleased that the Cleveland Quartet Award will have a role in developing this young ensemble’s future career,” says Margaret M. Lioi, Chamber Music America’s chief executive officer.

The creation of a lasting legacy for young musicians was envisioned by the Cleveland Quartet in 1995, as a culmination of its remarkable 26-year history. The quartet joined forces with Chamber Music America (CMA) and eight prominent chamber music presenters to found the Cleveland Quartet Award and to raise funds for the establishment of the Cleveland Quartet Endowment Fund.  The first recipient was the Brentano String Quartet, and subsequent recipients were the Borromeo, Miami, Pacifica, Miró, Jupiter, Parker and Jasper quartets. You can learn more about the Cleveland Quartet Award here.

Experience for yourself why CCM’s string quartet-in-residence is so acclaimed during the Ariel Quartet’s upcoming Beethoven Cycle. Learn more about that concert series here.

Read even more about the Ariel Quartet’s win courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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CCM and Constella Festival Present Roig-Francolí and Friends in Concert on Oct. 8

Miguel A. Roig-Francolí Professor, Music Theory & Composition, College-Conservatory of Music. photo/Lisa Ventre

Miguel A. Roig-Francolí Professor, Music Theory & Composition, College-Conservatory of Music. photo/Lisa Ventre

CCM celebrates the work of Music Theory and Composition Professor Miguel A. Roig-Francolí with a concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, presented in conjunction with the 2013 Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts. Held in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, the performance is free and open to the general public.

The evening will feature five of Roig-Francolí’s chamber works performed by CCM faculty and students, including Cincinnati premieres of Songs of the Infinite, for violin and piano, and Songs of Light and Darkness, for piano trio. The concert will feature performances by Timothy Lees and Jennifer Roig-Francolí, violin; Ilya Finkelshteyn, cello; Abigail Santos Villalobos, soprano; and James Tocco, Michael Chertock and Edward Neeman, piano.

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Tchaikovsky Competition Winners Itamar Zorman and David Geringas Join James Tocco in Concert on April 11

CCM Eminent Scholar in Chamber Music and Artist-in-Residence James Tocco.

CCM Eminent Scholar in Chamber Music and Artist-in-Residence James Tocco.

CCM’s 2012-13 Eminent Scholars Concert Series comes to a close at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in UC’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall with a performance by Eminent Scholar in Chamber Music James Tocco, piano, and distinguished guest artists and Tchaikovsky Competition Award Winners Itamar Zorman, violin, and David Geringas, cello.

Admission to this performance is free. Reservations are not required.

The centerpiece of this concert will be Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50. The program will also include Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Sonata No. 2 in G Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 63; and Paul Hindemith’s Sonata for Solo Violin No. 1, Op. 31.

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