For thirty-two years the Vermeer Quartet has traveled
in the musical stratosphere, among the world’s greatest chamber music
ensembles. Its personnel, from Israel, Germany, Britain and the United
States, combine to bring a collective depth and broad perspective to
its performances and recordings of a broad spectrum of standard repertoire
as well as new works written especially for the group. The Journal
de Geneve, Switzerland writes, “This is one of the best ensembles
that one can hear anywhere today. I don't know what to admire most;
a warm, malleable sonority, a supple and precise technique, perfect
precision, but above all, phrasing that is always full of sensitivity
and great delicacy." Due to unforeseen circumstances Christine Goerke and Warren Jones will not perform on the program, but rising young soprano Lauren Skuce will take the stage with pianist Cameron Stowe to perform three songs by Tchaikovksy and Tatiana’s moving "Letter Scene" from his operatic masterpiece, Eugene Onégin.
Violist Mahoko Eguchi and
cellist David Hardy join the Vermeer for the rousing, virtuosic
Souvenir de Florence.