Featured in the Four Nations Ensemble’s memorable December 2019 performance of the Brandenburg concertos, the Dutch baroque cellist Jaap Ter Linden returns to continue the CMSD’s Holiday Baroque tradition in 2020. His traversal of J. S. Bach’s complete six cello suites on the Harmonia Mundi label set a new standard for performance as Bach himself would have heard it.
When the young American violinist Randall Goosby performed with the New York Philharmonic on a Young People’s Concert at Avery Fisher Hall at the age of thirteen, The New York Times raved that he “exerted a masterly level of control and lavished an exquisite tone…his performance won him a deserved standing ovation for its sheer virtuosity.”
The 2018 Cleveland Quartet Award-winning Rolston String Quartet will make their CMSD debut performing two beloved favorites of the quartet repertoire, Mozart’s “Dissonance” Quartet and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet. Completing the program is a neo-Baroque dance suite by early 20th-century Czech-born composer Erwin Schulhoff.
From classical to jazz to contemporary, the versatile Harlem Quartet offers a lively and diverse program of music by African American composers, ranging from the great pioneering composers William Grant Still and George Walker to contemporary works by Jessie Montgomery and Haitian composer Jean Perrault to jazz classics by Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Strayhorn.