Dear Friends of Chamber Music,
It is my pleasure as President of Dallas Chamber Music Society to introduce our 2014-15 season, which promises captivating performances that demonstrate the intimacy of music making that only our art form can provide. Once again, we are privileged to present this season’s concerts at Caruth Auditorium at the Meadows School of the Arts on the SMU campus. From its excellent acoustics to its inviting ambience, this ideal venue will find you enjoying the company of fellow concert goers as well as savoring the fine music we have selected.
One goal in choosing music for this season was to feature a wide range of both the familiar and the new. From the very pinnacle of string quartet writing to a marked diversity of style and instrumentation, this season is certain to stimulate, surprise, and satisfy. The Takács String Quartet is esteemed world-wide and has given splendid performances on our series in past years. From the second of the Beethoven Rasoumovsky quartets to the second Janáček quartet, we can count on a very special evening of music making. The same will be true when we hear the Mendelssohn C minor and Brahms B major piano trios, performed by the celebrated David Finckel and Wu Han duo joined by violinist Philip Setzer, known as the Finckel-Han-Setzer Trio.
The Music of the Spheres Society will bring pianist Jon Nakamatsu and clarinetist Jon Manasse together with celebrated violinist Stephanie Chase. The centerpiece for the concert will be Bartok’s “Contrasts,” an iconic trio for this combination of instruments written for Benny Goodman and first performed in its current form by Goodman, the great violinist Joseph Szigeti, and Bartok himself in 1940. In the final concert, the Modigliani String Quartet will present their Dallas debut, arraying us on a journey from Beethoven to Shostakovich and rounding out our season.
For nearly seventy years, the Dallas Chamber Music Society has dedicated itself to bringing the best of the world of chamber music to the North Texas region. As a non-profit organization, we rely on the generous support of people like you to sustain our worthy mission. In order to keep ticket prices within the grasp of the broadest possible audience, your involvement is vital. Please consider supporting the Dallas Chamber Music Society both with your attendance and financial support to help us continue to provide the very best chamber music to North Texas communities for generations to come. I look forward to meeting you at one of our upcoming concerts.
President, DCMS Board of Directors