Heath Quartet; 10/27/2017

Heath Quartet
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 8:00pm
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Returning to Middlebury with a new Gramophone award and second violinist (Sara Wolstenholme) in tow, the extraordinary Heath Quartet—the series’ first-ever quartet in residence—performs a rich, mixed repertoire program including works by Haydn, Tippett, Bach, and Mendelssohn. Pre-concert lecture by Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin, 7:00 PM, Room 221. Made possible with generous support from Olin C. Robison. A Nelson Series event. Reserved seating. Tickets: $28 General public/22 Midd ID holders/6 Midd students

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The Heath Quartet discuss and perform excerpts form Sir Michael Tippett's complete String Quartets. They will perform Tippett's second quartet at Middlebury. 


HAYDN Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76/2

Andante o più tosto allegretto
Menuetto. Allegro ma non troppo
Vivace assai

TIPPETT String Quartet No. 2

Allegro grazioso
Allegro appassionato

BACH Selected Preludes

Das Alte Jahr vergangen ist BWV 614
O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde gross BWV 622
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöthen sein BWV 641 

MENDELSSOHN Quartet in F minor, Op. 80

Allegro vivace assai
Allegro assai
Finale: Allegro molto


Heath Quartet

Oliver Heath, Violin
Sara Wolstenholme, Violin
Gary Pomeroy, Viola
Christopher Murray, cello

The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet are one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment. Most recently they won Gramophone Chamber Award 2016 for their recording of the complete string quartets of Sir Michael Tippett, and in May 2013 became the first ensemble in fifteen years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society's Young Artists Award.

Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music they were selected for representation by YCAT, were awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and in 2012 won the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern where they are now regular visitors.

Following their Gramophone award-winning recording of Tippett on the Wigmore LIVE label, their critically acclaimed debut recording for Harmonia Mundi featured Tchaikovsky's first and third quartets, which was quickly followed by a live recording of the complete Bartók quartets performed at Wigmore Hall released in May 2017.

During the 2017/2018 season they return to North America for appearances at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, Coleman Chamber Music Association in Pasadena, the Chicago Chamber Music Society, returns to the Middlebury College's Center for the Arts and Great Performers at Lincoln Center, and Treetops Chamber Music Society in Stamford, CT.

Other North American appearances have included their New York debut presented by Carnegie Hall, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, a month long residency at Middlebury College, the Phillips Collection, and the Brattleboro Music Center.
Notable performances of previous seasons have included the world premiere of a John Tavener piece at the BBC Proms, concerts at the Beethovenfest Bonn, Mecklenburgh-Vorpommern Festival, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus Berlin and their debuts at the Musée d'Orsay and Louvre Auditorium in Paris.

In the UK they have also performed at the Barbican, Bridgewater Hall, Sage Gateshead, Perth Concert Hall and Queen's Hall Edinburgh. And in Europe they have appeared at the Kissingen Winterzauber and Schwetzinger Festivals as well as deSingel Arts Centre in Antwerp, Vara Konserthus in Sweden, Esterházy Palace, and the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna.

Strong exponents of contemporary music, the Quartet have worked with several leading composers including Hans Abrahamsen, Louis Andriessen, Brett Dean, Anthony Gilbert, Sofia Gubaidulina, Steven Mackey, and John Musto.

The Heath Quartet members are Professors of Chamber Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, individually holding instrumental teaching posts in the faculty.


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