October 15, 2012
Internationally Known Concertante Chamber Players to Play at Houghton
Houghton College is pleased to present the distinguished and internationally known Concertante Chamber Players on Friday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. This concert is to be the first of two annual Distinguished Artists performances. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students (with a ID); for other discounts and more information, please visit http://www.houghton.edu/music/distinguished-artists/.
Concertante has garnered high praise for their performances from The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, among others, with accolades for the group’s “beautifully polished sound” and “dazzling displays of virtuosity.”
The six musicians of the string sextet Concertante are outstandingly gifted young artists who have won major national and international music competitions. They have appeared on the premiere stages of the world, from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Royal Festival Hall in London and Shanghai’s Grand Theatre. Founded in 1995 by a group of Juilliard graduates, Concertante has established itself as a chamber ensemble that combines world-class virtuosity with an adventurous exploration of the contemporary and classical chamber music repertoire.
Concertante re-established itself in 2012 as a string sextet that is committed to collaboration, education and innovation. As collaborators, the members of Concertante work with many other musicians to perform repertoire beyond string sextets. As educators, they seek to involve audiences fully during concerts, such as through the interactive concert format developed by them, entitled, “How to Listen.” Finally, the members of Concertante work as innovators through pursuing and prioritizing commissions, which has resulted in six new works written by contemporary composers for the ensemble.