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Catacoustic Consort (Canceled)<p style='font size:10px'> March 22, 2020</p>

Catacoustic Consort (Canceled)

March 22, 2020

Unfortunately, due to the US travel ban, we are unable to present Catacoustic Consort in Yellow Springs on March 22nd. Please stay safe and watch our website and social media for updates as we are eager to present Catacoustic here when conditions improve. If you already have tickets to this concert, please hold on to them.

Catacoustic Consort, now in its 18th season, specializes in music of the Renaissance and Baroque with period instruments. Led by Artistic Director Annalisa Pappano, the ensemble was the Grand Prize Winner of the national Early Music America / Naxos Recording Label Recording Competition in 2003. Catacoustic is dedicated to an historically informed approach featuring an understanding of life and times when the music was originally played, thus performing on period instruments such as the viola da gamba, theorbo, organ, harpsichord, Baroque guitar, and lute.

Catacoustic was a featured ensemble at the 2014 and 2017 Viola da Gamba Society of America Conclaves and their collaborations with partner organization Cincinnati Opera resulted in the successful stagings of Cavalli’s La Calisto and Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Opera News praised the ensemble as “a constant source of delight,” noting their “rich” sound and “evident rapport” within the company.

Competition Finals (Canceled)<p style='font size:10px'> April 26, 2020</p>

Competition Finals (Canceled)

April 26, 2020

We are thrilled to announce our finalists for this year’s competition: Rasa String Quartet (rasastringquartet.com) and AYA Piano Trio (facebook.com/AYAPianoTrio/). Hear them April 26, 2019, 5:30 pm.

Chamber Music in Yellow Springs’ Annual Competition for Emerging Professional Ensembles has been an integral part of our series since its foundation in 1985. Our unique competition offers ensembles the opportunity to choose their own repertoire to perform for in live concert as one of two finalists. Join us for this exciting concert! Judges for the finals in 2020: Dr. Jonathan Bailey Holland, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee; Dr. Patrick Reynolds, Associate Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra; Dr. Kia-Hui Tan, The Ohio State University.

Sirius Quartet<p style='font size:10px'> September 22, 2019</p>

Sirius Quartet

September 22, 2019

Internationally acclaimed veterans of contemporary music, Sirius Quartet combines exhilarating repertoire with unequalled improvisational fire. These conservatory-trained performer-composers shine with precision, soul and a raw energy rarely witnessed on stage, championing a forward-thinking, genre-defying approach that makes labels like ‘New Music’ sound tame.

Since their debut concert at the original Knitting Factory in New York City, Sirius has played some of the most important venues in the world, including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Beijing Music Festival, the Cologne Music Triennale, Stuttgart Jazz, Musique Actuelle in Canada, the Taichung Jazz Fest – Taiwan’s biggest jazz event – and many others.

Having premiered works by significant living composers, Sirius continues their long-running commitment to musical innovation with bold, original works by its own members, pushing beyond the conventional vocabulary of string instruments by incorporating popular song forms, extended techniques, gripping improvisations and undeniable, contemporary grooves.

Maxwell String Quartet<p style='font size:10px'> October 27, 2019</p>

Maxwell String Quartet

October 27, 2019

First Prizewinner and Audience Prizewinner at the 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2017, and hailed as “brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating” by The Scottish Herald, and “superb storytelling by four great communicators” by The Strad Magazine, the Maxwell Quartet is now firmly regarded as one of Britain’s finest young string quartets, with a strong connection to its folk music heritage and a commitment to bringing together wide-ranging projects and programs to expand the string quartet repertoire.

Formed in 2010 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the quartet performs regularly throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, with performances through the Park Lane Young Artist Programme, the Tunnell Trust Awards Scheme, and the Kirckman Concert Society program.

Its debut tour of the USA in January 2019 garnered critical acclaim from the New York Times for the Maxwell String Quartet as “eloquent performers who bring the same sense of charisma and sense of adventure to their programming.”