Caramoor@Waveny is a unique opportunity to discover exceptional artists in a special setting – the charming 19th-century Carriage Barn at Waveny Park in New Canaan, CT. Formerly home to the Waveny Chamber Music Society (WCMS) for over thirty years, the Carriage Barn offers divine acoustics and intimate seating – a perfect environment for cozy chamber listening – and has hosted programs by past Quartets-in-Residence the Linden Quartet and the Dover Quartet, and Caramoor’s own Edward Arron and Jeewon Park, among others.
Caramoor continues the WCMS’ legacy by presenting our 2014-15 Ernst Stiefel StringQuartet-in-Residence, the Calidore String Quartet.
The Calidore String Quartet (Caramoor’s 15th Quartet-in-Residence) continues its year-long residency with a program that responds to a period in time that transformed the world. The quartet writes:
One hundred years ago the “Great War” consumed Europe. World War I had a profound impact on all forms of art, especially music, and this program explores how composers expressed themselves amidst mass devastation. Darius Milhaud’s Fourth String Quartet brings the audience to a simpler time, incorporating popular tunes in a simple and clear texture. In contrast, Bela Bartok’s Second Quartet contains beginnings of Bartok’s revolutionary tonal language, as he explores rustic Eastern European folk idioms while reacting to the desolation of the war. This program also includes Ravel’s masterwork, his Quartet in F major, though it predates the war era. Ravel contributed to the war effort as a truck driver on the Verdun Front. The elegance of this quartet captures and exalts a national style, yet it was this same nationalistic fervor that sparked the “Great War.”
Milhaud Quartet No. 4, Op. 46 Bartók Quartet No. 2, Op. 17
– Intermission – Ravel Quartet in F major
This concert is generously sponsored by the Waveny Chamber Music Society Fund.
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Calidore String Quartet
Described as “a miracle of unified thought…” (La Presse, Montreal) and “nothing short of a revelation” (Calgary Herald), the Calidore String Quartet has established an international reputation for its informed, polished and captivating performances. The Calidore has debuted in such prestigious festivals as Verbier, Ravinia and the Schneider Concert Series (NYC) and is a featured “Young Artist-in-Residence” on American Public Media’s national radio program “Performance Today”.
Formed at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles in 2010, the Calidore String Quartet is now based in Manhattan. In 2014, the Calidore were selected by the Emerson Quartet to become artists-in-residence and visiting faculty at Stony Brook University (SUNY). September 2014 marks the release of Calidore’s debut album, featuring works by Mendelssohn and Haydn and a second release, on the Editions Hortus Label, of works to commemorate the centennial of World War I.
Highlights of the 2014-15 season include debuts at Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center and a year-long residency as the Stiefel Quartet in Residence at the Caramoor Center (NY). Other engagements include debuts at Shriver Hall (Baltimore), Phillips Collection (Washington D.C), the National Arts Center (Ottawa), as well as tours and reengagements across Europe, Korea, California and the Midwestern US. Summer 2014 marked the Calidore String Quartet’s inaugural season as the quartet-in-residence at the Bellingham Festival of Music and the Innsbrook Institute Summer Music Academy and Festival.
Within two years of their inception, the Calidore String Quartet quickly won the grand prize in virtually all major American chamber music competitions, including the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake, and Yellow Springs competitions. Internationally, they captured top prizes at the 2012 ARD Munich International String Quartet Competition and the 2012 Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition. Calidore performances have been broadcast on NPR, CBC (Canada), KBS (South Korea), Bayerischer Rundfunk (Munich), Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Hamburg) and were featured on German national television as part of a documentary produced by ARD public broadcasting.
The Calidore has collaborated with many esteemed artists and ensembles, including Menahem Pressler, Joshua Bell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Quatuor Ebene among others. In 2014, the Calidore String Quartet joins the class of Gunter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet) at the Reina Sofia School in Madrid. Formerly, they were the Graduate String Quartet in Residence at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. The Calidore has studied closely with such luminaries as Andre Roy, Arnold Steinhardt, Guillaume Sutre, Gunter Pichler, Gerhard Schulz, Martin Beaver, Gabor Takacs Nagy, Paul Coletti, Ronald Leonard, and the Quatuor Ebène.
As passionate supporters of music education, the Calidore String Quartet is deeply committed to mentoring and educating young musicians, students and audiences. In January 2104, the Calidore joined the faculty of the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute at the Colburn School. Most recently, the Calidore was selected by the Saint Lawrence String Quartet to conduct a two-week outreach residency of over twenty performances in the San Francisco Area.
Using an amalgamation of “California” and “doré”, (French for “golden”), the ensemble’s name represents a reverence for the diversity of culture and the strong support it received from its home of origin, Los Angeles, California, the “golden state.” The Calidore String Quartet aims to present performances that share the passion and joy of the string quartet chamber music repertoire.