Saturday, October 29, 2016

8:00pm (note date and time change)

Sunset Center, Carmel

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Antonin Dvorak

String Quintet in G Major Op. 77

Franz Schubert

Octet in F major, D. 803





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Mendelsssohn: Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 20 Fourth Movement

Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence (excerpts)

The Chamber Ensemble of the
Academy of St. Martin's in the Fields

“The sound of a chamber orchestra…the polish of a string quartet. The embracing warmth, the precision and seeming weightlessness crested in a fairylike scherzo that sailed just above common earth.”
- Milwaukee Sentinel

Menahem Pressler

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world's premier chamber orchestras, renowned for its fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world's most-loved classical music.

Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in November 1959. Through its live performances and vast recording output – highlights of which include the 1969 best-seller Vivaldi's Four Seasons and the soundtrack to 1985's Oscar-winning film Amadeus – the orchestra quickly gained an enviable international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound.

Today we are led artistically by our Music Director, virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, retaining the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble which has become an Academy hallmark. Each year we work with some of the most talented soloists and directors in the classical music scene, performing symphonic repertoire and 'chamber music on a grand scale' at prestigious venues throughout the world, whilst expanding the Academy's celebrated recording catalogue.

The Academy Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to perform the larger chamber works with players who customarily worked together, instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests. Drawn from the principal players of the orchestra and play-directed by Academy Leader Tomo Keller, the Chamber Ensemble performs in all shapes and sizes, from string quintets to octets, and in various other configurations featuring winds. Its touring commitments are extensive and include regular tours of Europe and North America, whilst recording contracts with Philips Classics, Hyperion, and Chandos have led to the release of over thirty CDs.