The Festival launches its brand new Robert Mann Chamber Series, named for a beloved educator, composer, and “one of the country’s most admired and deeply loved musicians” (The Boston Globe). Mann was a founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet and performed as the quartet’s first violinist for over 50 years. The series opens with Mozart’s heartrending String Quintet in G Minor, considered to be one of the greatest chamber music masterpieces of all time. This moving work ultimately resolves in a well-earned catharsis, a sweet ray of hope. On the other hand, Brahms’ String Quintet in G Major is light and airy from the beginning. Composed during a pleasant Alpine vacation, this magnificent and dramatic quintet pulses with Brahms’ rhythmic games and fresh melodies.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Viola Quintet in G Minor, K. 516
Johannes Brahms, Viola Quintet in G Major, Op. 111
- “Mr. Mann — for decades the [Juilliard String Quartet]’s de facto spokesman, institutional memory and ‘resident spark plug,’ as The Chicago Tribune called him in 1997 — remained with the ensemble for 51 years. By the time he retired in 1997 he had outlasted the entire original lineup, as well several subsequent permutations, to become one of the longest-serving members of any chamber group in the world.” Read more of the New York Times’ obituary for Robert Mann, for whom our chamber series is named
- Robert Mann is also the focus of a documentary, Speak the Music: Robert Mann and the Mysteries of Chamber Music. Watch a preview or read the New York Times’ review