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Schubert Club’s 2020-21 Featured Artists, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, were scheduled to perform several concerts featuring the chamber music of Franz Schubert as part of their residency this season. Due to complications caused by the pandemic, we were unable to present these concerts when they were originally scheduled. We are now delighted to be able to offer a rescheduling of the Schubert Revealed residency with an outdoor concert series featuring David Finckel, Wu Han, & Friends taking place June 3rd-10th. Ticket holders to any performances by David Finckel and Wu Han during the 2020-21 season will have first access to purchase tickets to these outdoor concerts.
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This concert was originally scheduled for Sunday, March 7, 2021.
About the Program
This fifth and final program in our Featured Artists residency, Schubert Revealed, is dedicated to chamber music by Schubert including his profound compositions derived from the poem Death and the Maiden, both the song and the subsequent string quartet in D minor. The Death and the Maiden Quartet takes its main theme in the slow movement from the song. The Calidore String Quartet’s reputation as one of America’s great string quartets resulted from winning multiple awards and recognition including an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2016 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. The Los Angeles Times remarks on “the precision of their expression [and] their understated but relentless intensity.” The songs in this Schubert program are performed by outstanding American bass-baritone Michael Sumuel, who was lauded by the Daily Camera as having “vocals [that] are smooth and ingratiating”.
About the Artists
American bass-baritone Michael Sumuel, lauded as having “vocals [that] are smooth and ingratiating” (Daily Camera), will make his role and house debut in the 2020/21 season at the Seattle Opera performing Leporello in Don Giovanni, his debut at the Michigan Opera Theatre as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Opera Philadelphia as Angelotti in Tosca and Allan in Chausson’s setting of King Arthur with Bard SummerScape. Mr. Sumuel’s competition accolades include being awarded a Richard Tucker Career Grant, Metropolitan Opera National Council audition Grand Finalist and a winner of the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. A Texas native, he is an alumnus of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera and the Filene Young Artist program at Wolf Trap Opera. More information at: www.imgartists.com.
The Calidore String Quartet has been praised by the New York Times for its “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct.” The Los Angeles Times described the quartet as “astonishing,” their playing “shockingly deep,” approaching “the kind of sublimity other quartets spend a lifetime searching” and praised its balance of “intellect and expression.” The Washington Post has said that “Four more individual musicians are unimaginable, yet these speak, breathe, think and feel as one.” More information at: www.calidorestringquartet.com