Welcome to Our Series

Concert Calendar | Venues: Sanders Theatre | Fitzgerald Theatre | Season 2015/16 brochure (pdf)

MarcusThompsonDear Friends,

In our thirty-third season we are thrilled as always to offer passionate and committed performances of the world’s great chamber music played by our members, colleagues and friends. Inspiring guests have always refreshed us, and will do so in the coming season.

Like last season, our Season of Change, we will locate the first three and last three concerts at Sanders Theater. The January and February winter afternoon concerts will be back at the Fitzgerald Theatre by popular demand. Much of our programming this season includes music that refers to and reveres earlier music that made possible futures past, and assures works yet to be.

As a young man Richard Strauss references the great music of Brahms to create his early piano quartet. As an old man he reveres the process of change in his Metamorphosen by quoting the funeral march of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony in conclusion. Brahms cites two of his songs as sources for the rhythmic motive of his first violin sonata. Both Brahms and Schubert evoke the great outdoors, by the river and at the hunt, in their indoor use of the French horn.

In the season of darkness we are lit at the Fitz by works of Ravel, Enescu, and Franck first heard in “The City of Light,” and warmed by the affectionate melodies of Dvořák that made even Brahms envious.

Back at Sanders in spring, our three concerts will include the premiere of Harold Meltzer’s first Piano Quartet, a gift from our BCMS Commissioning Club, and the Boston premiere of John Harbison’s String Trio (2013), through which he fulfills a life long dream to come to terms with “the once and future king” of the string trio repertoire: Mozart’s Divertimento, K. 563.


Marcus A. Thompson, Artistic Director