|Eroica Trio||Sat, Feb 8, 2014|
|Olga Kern, piano||Sun, March 9, 2014|
|Vogler Quartet||Sat, April 5, 2014|
|James Ehnes, violin||Sun, April 27, 2014|
|Brandenburg Concertos||Sat, May 10, 2014|
Don't miss Olga Kern next March!
Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm
"It was the sizzle of the musical ensemble that seduced listeners"
-Los Angeles Times
Erika Nickrenz, piano
Program to be announced
Concert sponsored by Myrna and Robert Witt
Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm
"Kern's musicality radiates off the stage and saturates the hall, and it is joyously, intensely alive. Call it star quality."
-- Washington Post
can't buy it, you can't teach it. But Kern's got it. And we can be thankful
that there is an Olga Kern to carry the great tradition she represents
into the future."
as one of her generation’s great pianists, Olga Kern’s career
began one decade ago with her award winning gold-medal performance at
the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001. Her
second catapulting triumph came in New York City on May 4, 2004, with
a highly acclaimed New York City recital debut at Carnegie’s Zankel
Hall. In an unprecedented turn of events, Olga gave a second recital
eight days later in Isaac Stern Auditorium at the invitation of Carnegie
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition
Concert sponsored by the Diablo Regional Arts Association
Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm
“Every once in a while, a performance puts all others in perspective and reminds one that in great music there is always more to be revealed. The Vogler Quartet offered such a performance.”
— Washington Post
The Vogler Quartet, still featuring
the four original members, has been founded in 1985. In the 28 years
since its foundation, it has secured a place for itself among the top
chamber music ensembles, thanks to its great individual and joint sill,
and has been a guest on nearly all the world‘s major concert platforms.
It was the quartet‘s sensational success at the 1986 string quartet
competition in Evian, France, where they won several prizes, that set
the four musicians on the path to a great international career.
Program to be announced
Concert Sponsored by Denise and Ed Del Beccaro
Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm
“No collection of virtuoso showpieces demands greater technical prowess than Paganini's 24 Caprices. Yet James Ehnes, whose artistry suggests that in Paganini's age he would have enjoyed similar stature to the great man, succeeds impressively in being more than merely thrilling…this is not simply a high-wire act. It's playing of phenomenal
control, allied to musicianship of the highest order.”
-- The Times (London)
for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, violinist James Ehnes has
performed in over 30 countries on five continents, appearing regularly
in the world's great concert halls and with many of the most celebrated
orchestras and conductors.
In the 2012-2013 season James
performs in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany,
the Netherlands, France, Australia and New Zealand. Season highlights
include the Brahms Concerto with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony
Orchestra at New York's Avery Fisher Hall, a tour to the far north of
Canada with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, a solo violin recital
at the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival, and return engagements with
the Philharmonia, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and San Francisco, St. Louis,
Toronto, Gothenburg and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras. An avid
chamber musician, Ehnes will tour with his string quartet, the Ehnes
Quartet, and lead the winter and summer festivals of the Seattle Chamber
Music Society, where he is the Artistic Director.
James Ehnes has an extensive
discography of over 25 recordings featuring music ranging from J.S.
Bach to John Adams. Recent projects include three CDs of the music of
Béla Bartók as well as a recording of Tchaikovsky's complete
works for violin and his ballet The Sleeping Beauty. Upcoming releases
include concertos by Britten, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev. His recordings
have been honored with many international awards and prizes, including
a Grammy, a Gramophone, and 6 Juno Awards.
James Ehnes was born in 1976 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. He began violin studies at the age of four, and at age nine became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. He studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music and from 1993 to 1997 at The Juilliard School, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon his graduation. Mr. Ehnes first gained national recognition in 1987 as winner of the Grand Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Competition. The following year he won the First Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Festival, the youngest musician ever to do so. At age 13, he made his major orchestral solo debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
He has won numerous awards and
prizes, including the first-ever Ivan Galamian Memorial Award, the Canada
Council for the Arts' Virginia Parker Prize, and a 2005 Avery Fisher
Career Grant. In October 2005, James was honoured by Brandon University
with a Doctor of Music degree (honoris causa) and in July 2007 he became
the youngest person ever elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of
Canada. On July 1st 2010 the Governor General of Canada appointed James
a Member of the Order of Canada.
Concert sponsored by Denise and Michael Weiner
Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm
Our 2014 Season
brings some of the world's finest musicians to your doorstep!
Just a few precious subscriptions will be available,
so secure your place in line now and relax...
Something new for Contra Costa County
We are delighted to announce that in February 2007 we began presenting concerts in the Lesher Center for the Arts.
The Next Step
The County has a vibrant performing arts scene, but nobody had previously presented top-rank touring artists in chamber music and recitals. That’s where we come in! Enabled by our partnership with the Diablo Regional Arts Association, we are bringing some of the world’s finest musicians to Walnut Creek. This is an idea whose time has come.
It's All About Quality
Some are musicians who we also present in San Francisco; others are chosen specifically for the Walnut Creek concert series. All are artists of international reputewith a dash of celebrity sprinkled in for good measure.
Our Inaugural 2007 Season...
…started with some fun The Four Seasons mixed Piazzolla's steamy tango with Vivaldi's vivid tone-paintings, and sold out quickly. Then, the peerless pianist and author Charles Rosen joined us for an intimate recital. Next up, the Grammy-nominated St. Petersburg String Quartet performed Schubert's spellbinding Death and the Maiden, and finally Lynn Harrell, celebrated master of the cello, paid us a memorable call.
Our 2008 Season...
...began in spectacular fashion, with violinistic fireworks provided by Paganini Gold Medalist Alexander Markov. Then, the Miro Quartet gave our audiences a superb example of passionate, masterful ensemble playing. Guitarist Paul Galbraith held the theatre rapt with his remarkable musicianship, and then the Beaux Arts Trio, in their final season before retiring, gave a sublime performance that all who were present will remember as a peak musical experience. Finally, The Naughton Twins [see their review here] delighted eye and ear with a wonderful two-piano performance.
Our 2009 Season...
...also began with fireworks, this time provided by Ukrainian piano virtuoso Valentina Lisitsa. Then, British pianist Imogen Cooper gave a completely different, yet utterly compelling, approach to the keyboard. The Emerson Quartet played a memorably superb concert, and then our subscribers were treated to a wonderful rendition of Brandenburg Concertos. Finally, Lynn Harrell and Friends made a return visit after a two-year hiatus.
Our 2010 Season...
...began with the Eroica Trio, who won the audience over with their Beethoven and Brahms. Richard Stoltzman, Lynn Harrell and Robert Levin then bought their star power to the Lesher stage, followed by Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Olga Kern, who pretty much tore the roof off the place. Dutch wind group Calefax provided a unique and charming display of virtuosity, and finally the Tokyo String Quartet showed us why they are considered one of the world's greatest ensembles.
Our 2011 Season...
...began with the Borodin Quartet delivering a soul-moving performance of Shostakovich's Quartet No. 8. Pianist Louis Lortie then wowed the crowd with the complete Chopin Etudes, followed by two legendary musicians, Jaime Laredo and Leon Fleisher, playing warm, impeccable Schubert. A consummate trio of violinist Jorja Fleezanis, cellist Anthony Ross and pianist Garrick Ohlsson provided a deeply satisfying, masterly concert and finally violin wizard Corey Cerovsek demonstrated why his chocolatey tone and technical finesse has won him worldwide acclaim.
Our 2012 Season...
...began with the Tokyo Quartet in a memorable performance of Schubert's profound Cello Quintet . Pianist Stephen then presented a masterful sonata program, followed by the return of piano virtuoso Olga Kern. Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and guitar whiz Eliot Fisk performed an innovative duo recital, and we ended with the hugely talented Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan.
Our 2013 Season...
...was a stunner, beginning with the Szymanowski Quartet playing a memorable Ravel Quartet. Then glamorous violin star Sarah Chang packed the 800-seat Hofmann Theatre, followed by the unique wind virtuosos Calefax in a stunning Goldberg Variations. Walnut Creek violin favorite Corey Cerovsek returned with a piano trio performing Haydn, Ravel and Brahms, and the season ended with famed pianist Garrick Ohlsson in a commanding display of keyboard mastery in Chopin, Beethoven and Schubert.
Space is Limited
So stake out your seats now!
- The Inaugural 2007 Season
- The 2008 Season
- The 2009 Season
- The 2010 Season
- The 2011 Season
- The 2012 Season
- The 2013 Season