Welcome to the Seventh Season of APEX Concerts! We are so thrilled to present you with another unparalleled year of music-making, filled with exquisite programming and stellar guest artists. Make sure you sign up for our email list right away to receive timely notifications for our six world-class performances and multiple free events!
We open our season on September 21 with “Vers l’éternité” -– a program tracing its path from the works of French romantics, through Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc, and culminating at the apex of French chamber music: the eternal Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen. A true monument to the human spirit in the face of agonizing adversities of World War II, this work will be performed by the violin virtuoso Benjamin Beilman, the enchantress of the clarinet Romie de Guise-Langlois as well as James Winn and Hyeyeon Park on piano.
On October 19 we will explore different chamber combinations that are possible with the viola in the hands of one of its greatest masters: the supreme Paul Neubauer. “Voilà, Viola!” will be an unforgettable evening featuring the music of brilliant composers Loeffler and Benjamin Dale, coupled with beloved works by Saint-Saens, Brahms, and Mendelssohn. Mr. Neubauer’s viola will be joined on stage by the dynamic multi-award winning oboist James Austin Smith among others.
On November 30 we will enjoy a visit by one of the most revered chamber ensembles of the last four decades: the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Reno is indeed lucky to host this incredible ensemble this year, as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a busy world tour. The recipients of Musical America’s ‘Ensemble of the Year Award’ in 2001 and the ‘Samuel Sanders Award’ from the Classical Recording Foundation, the ensemble will present an exhilarating program featuring the works of Beethoven, Brahms and the beloved “Dumky” Trio by Antonín Dvořák.
After the winter break we resume our season on January 20 with a collaboration with one of the most distinguished chamber music organizations in the nation: the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Reno music lovers will delight in an evening juxtaposing two musical giants of Romanticism. “Brahms and Dvořák” will be an evening exploring the world of mutual inspiration between these two composers. Pianists Wu Han and Michael Brown, violinists Paul Huang and Chad Hoopes, violist Matthew Lipman and cellist Dmitri Atapine will take us on a tour of their compositional imaginations.
On March 6 a “Four by Four” criss-cross of genres, time-periods, locations, and musical personalities will take place courtesy of the multi-award winning Calidore String Quartet. Four compositions in the hands of four musicians will fill Nightingale Hall with the music of Mozart, Shaw, Shostakovich and Beethoven. Making their debut in Reno, the Calidore String Quartet made international headlines as winners of the M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition and was named BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists.
We conclude our season on May 3 with “A Russian Souvenir” featuring two masterpieces of string repertoire: the lyrical String Quintet by Glazunov and the glorious Souvenir de Florence by Tchaikovsky, one of the most symphonic chamber compositions. These two gems will be preformed by an incredible cast of internationally acclaimed musicians. Making their debut in Reno, Tchaikovsky Competition winner Itamar Zorman, and two-time Grammy nominee and Emmy winning violist Richard O’Neill. Returning to Reno that evening will be the fabulous Bella Hristova, Yura Lee and Mihai Marica. This not-to-be-missed evening will also serve as our Eighth Season Announcement.
We want to take a moment and thank the generosity of all our supporters and the loving and caring community, who make APEX Concerts worthy of any world venue! Learn today how to become one, and let chamber music embrace you for another year of magic and discovery!
- Dmitri Atapine & Hyeyeon Park, Artistic Directors
Department of Music 0226
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557