Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman & The American String Quartet
Legendary two-time GRAMMY Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman will be joined by one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles, the American String Quartet, to perform two of the greatest pieces ever composed for Clarinet Quintet: Mozart’s masterpiece in A Major, K. 581, and Brahms’s Op. 115 in B Minor. To top things off, the American String Quartet, hailed by The Strad magazine as “the finest quartet based in New York,” will perform alone on the program, presenting Ravel’s beloved String Quartet in F Major. Mr. Stoltzman, described by The Washington Post as “an artist of indescribable genius,” is a famed recitalist, chamber musician and jazz performer, as well as a prolific recording artist. He gave the first clarinet recitals in the histories of both Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall, and in 1986 he became the first wind player to be awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. Recently he received the prestigious Sanford Medal from the Yale School of Music. A versatile artist, Stolzman has performed or recorded with such pop and jazz greats as the Canadian Brass, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Wayne Shorter, Mel Tormé and Spyro Gyra founder Jeremy Wall. The opportunity to experience such renowned musicians as Stolzman and the American String Quartet in collaboration promises to make this concert one of the season’s high points.