Symposiums Current Season

Symposium 131-ROBERT & CLARA

ROBERT & CLARA

10 and 11 November 2019

  • Simos Papanas, violin • Tanya Tomkins, cello
  • Ilya Poletaev, piano

Robert SchumannWaldszenen, Op. 82
Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 105
Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 63

Clara Schumann—Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17

Our new season builds on the spectacular conclusion of the previous spring’s heroic Beethoven symphony in quartet form, as pianist Ilya Poletaev returns to Helicon, with two new guests, to perform music by Robert and Clara Schumann, the Romantic age’s power couple.

Symposium 132-NORTHERN LIGHTS—SCANDINAVIAN ROMANTICS

NORTHERN LIGHTS—SCANDINAVIAN ROMANTICS

15 and 16 December 2019

  • Jennifer Frautschi & Guillaume Pirard, violins
  • Nicholas Cords, viola • Raman Ramakrishnan, cello

Edvard Grieg—String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27

Jean Sibelius—String Quartet in D Minor, Voces intimae, Op. 56

As the nights grow longer and the end of the year approaches, we follow the arrival of winter with a northward venture to the music of Scandinavia. Grieg and Sibelius are best known for their orchestral works, but like Elgar, whose astounding trio was featured last December, this time we shine a light on their dazzling chamber music.

Symposium 133-QUINTESSENTIAL II

QUINTESSENTIAL II

23 and 24 February 2020

  • Beth Wenstrom & Julie Andrijeski, violins • Cynthia Black & Daniel Elyar, violas • Beiliang Zhu, cello
  • John Lenti, theorbo • Avi Stein, organ & harpsichord

Baroque string quintets by Biber, Albinoni, Muffat, Scheidt, Lawes and others.

Alongside the discoveries of Galileo and Newton, the 17th century witnessed the invention of opera and of the instrumental sonata.  The music of this age of exploration straddles the complex counterpoint of the Renaissance and the dazzling spectacle of Baroque drama.  Join us for new discoveries at the first symposium of the year.

Symposium 134-CONCERTS AVEC PLUSIEURS INSTRUMENTS

CONCERTS AVEC PLUSIEURS INSTRUMENTS

10 and 11 May 2020

  • Priscilla Herreid, oboe & recorder • Emi Ferguson, flute • Dominic Teresi, Bassoon
  • Beth Wenstrom & Alex Woods, violins • Jessica Troy, viola • Ezra Seltzer, cello
  • Avi Stein, harpsichord

J. S. Bach—Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, Concerto for violin and oboe

Telemann—Paris quartet No. 6, Concerto for recorder and flute

Vivaldi—Chamber concerto in G Minor, RV 107

Concertos for various instruments is the rather unassuming title given by Bach to one of his best beloved collections, the Brandenburg Concertos, which explores vibrant and novel combinations of instruments. We end the season with the colorful side of Bach and his contemporaries, mixing strings and winds together in a kaleidoscope of sound to bring the distinct and diverse together in concert and harmony.