The Buffalo Chamber Music Society, which wrapped up its triumphant 90th anniversary season last week with a lovely concert by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, celebrated the occasion by announcing its 2014-2015 lineup.
As always, the season includes appearances by ensembles of the highest reputation worldwide. Organizers pride themselves on keeping prices down, and at just $20 to $30 a concert, these events are one of the best bargains in Buffalo.
Here is a list of what to look forward to next season:
• Oct. 14: The Jerusalem Quartet, praised by the Strad magazine as “one of the young, yet great quartets of our time,” performs a program to be announced.
• Nov. 11: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is offering a program that includes the Piano Quintet by the great American Romantic composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
• Dec. 9: The Amadeus Trio, together 22 years, plays a program including the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio.
• Jan. 20: The Ariel String Quartet is a young group formed in Israel that moved to America in 2004 and is the quartet in residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Program to be announced.
• Feb. 17: Trio Settecento presents “An Italian Sojourn,” which focuses on the Baroque era.
• March 17: Going head-to-head with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will be the Elias String Quartet, praised by the Washington Post for its “shimmering beauty.” Program to be announced.
• April 28: The Buffalo Chamber Music Society likes to end seasons on an especially high note, and the 2014-2015 season closes with the distinguished Juilliard Quartet. The group has a memorable motto: “Play new works as if they are established masterpieces, and play established masterpieces as if they are new.” The program is as yet undetermined.
The concerts take place at 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets are $20, with the exception of the last concert, by the Juilliard Quartet, which is $30. Season subscriptions are available for $100 ($40 for students with ID) and include all seven concerts.
Gift to the Community
These are free concerts on three Sundays at 3 p.m. that feature up-and-coming talent scouted personally by Clementina Fleshler, the head of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society. In their own way they are as exciting as the main season. Past Gift to the Community concerts have featured artists who have gone on to stellar careers.
• Sept. 21: Pianist Andrew Tyson. To give an idea of his promise, next month Tyson is performing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto in New York’s Alice Tully Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
• Nov. 9: Violinist Stephen Waarts. Born in 1996 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Waarts studies at the Curtis Institute and also is a star mathematician, winning various math awards.
• March 1, 2015: The Hermes Quartet.
For info on the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, call 462-4939.