Pushing the boundaries

Enthusiastic Fort Worth music group unveils new season opening in September

Fort Worth music group unveils new season opening in September

Amernet String Quartet
Amernet String Quartet will perform this season. Photo courtesy of Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth

Even as events in the months ahead continue to cancel, the enthusiastic Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth is unveiling its 2020-21 season, opening in September.

"CMSFW is optimistic the current pandemic will have diminished and we will be able to offer all the scheduled concerts to our loyal audience and newcomers, as well," the group says in a May 26 release. 

“Pushing the Boundaries” is the theme that artistic director Gary Levinson has chosen for the organization's 33rd season. 

“This season offers music that has become known for its innovation as well as its artistic impact," he says, citing a new work by composer Milad Yousufi that contrasts with Bach’s timeless masterpiece The Art of the Fugue. "Our musicians embrace the opportunity to present all the programmed works with a fresh, eye-opening approach.”

The opening concert takes place September 12. Titled “Timeless Virtuosity,” the presentation is a partnership with the Allegro Guitar Society and stars highly acclaimed flutist Marina Piccinini and locally based Beijing Guitar Duo — all making their CMSFW debut.

The season will feature five established ensembles, including the return of the Dover, Atrium, and Amernet, quartets. New to CMSFW are Trio Solisti and the Rolston String Quartet. Special guest artists will include violinist William Hagen, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, and Fort Worth audience favorite (and Cliburn winner) Jon Nakamatsu on piano.

Here is a closer look at the entire season:

September 12, 2020: "Timeless Virtuosity"
Beijing Guitar Duo; Marina Piccinini, flute; Gary Levinson, violin
Carl Philipp Emanual Bach, Trio Sonata in D minor for Flute, Violin, and Guitar Duo
J.S. Bach, Sonata in G minor, BWV 1020 for Flute and Guitar Duo
Schubert, Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D. 821 arranged for Flute and Guitar Duo
Moyse, Three Pieces for Flute and Violin
Piazolla, Histoire du Tango for Flute and Guitar Duo
Paganini, Caprice No. 5 for Flute and No. 9 for Violin

October 10, 2020: "Beyond Pure Music"
Dover Quartet: Joel Link, violin; Bryan Lee, violin; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; Camden Shaw, cello
Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130
Beethoven, Grosse Fugua in B-flat Major, Op. 133
J.S. Bach, Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080

November 21, 2020: "Bohemian Treasures"
Amernet Quartet: Misha Vitenson, violin; Avi Nagin, violin; Michael Klotz, viola; Jason Calloway, cello
Suk, Quartet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 11
Janáček, Quartet No. 1”Kreutzer Sonata”
Smetana, Quartet No. 1 in E minor (“From My Life”)

January 9, 2021: "Joy in Music"
William Hagen, violin; Gary Levinson, violin; Michael Klotz, viola; Edward Arron, cello; Jon Kimura Parker, piano
Ysaÿe, Trio de Concert “Le Londres” (for Two Violins and Viola)
Beethoven, Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 “Spring”
Schumann, Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44

February 6, 2021: "Soul and Passion"
Atrium String Quartet: Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, violin; Anton Ilyunin, violin; Dmitry Pitulko, viola; Anna Gorelova, cello
Grieg, String Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 27
Brahms, String Quartet No. 2 in A minor
Shostakovitch, String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Op. 108

March 13, 2021: "Perspectives"
Trio Solisti: Maria Bachmann, violin; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; Fabio Bidini, piano
Haydn, Piano Trio in C Major, Hob. XV:27
Dvořák, Piano Trio No. 2 in G minor, Op. 26
Yousufi, Ashes of Memories (a 2020 Trio Solisti commission)
Brahms, Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87

April 17, 2021: "Virtuosity and Sensibility"
Jon Nakamatsu, piano; Gary Levinson, violin; Inbal Segev, cello
Grieg, Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45
Kodály, Cello Sonata in B minor, Op. 8
Mendelssohn, Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66

May 8, 2021: "Masters of Their Craft"
The Rolston String Quartet: Luri Lee, violin; Emily Kruspe, violin; Hezekiah Leung, viola; Jonathan Lo, cello
Beethoven, String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95
Mendolsshon, String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13
Haydn, String Quartet (TBA)

All concerts take place at 2 pm in the auditorium of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Tickets are on sale online, by phone, and by mail. Season ticket prices are $280, general; $245, senior; and $35 student. Single tickets are $40, general; $35, senior; and $5, student.

For more information and tickets, visit www.chambermusicfw.org