Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
“An ensemble of first-rate musicians, technically superb, generously expressive and obviously enjoying themselves.” — Dallas Morning News
“Luminous, often breathtaking” — The Washington Post
Location: The Broad Stage - Main Stage
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The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble performs the world’s greatest chamber music. Playing in this smaller configuration at The Broad Stage for the first time, the program includes some of the greatest works ever for chamber music.
The Academy Chamber Ensemble was formed in 1967, drawing its membership from the world-renowned chamber orchestra the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which was itself founded by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 and is currently led by Music Director Joshua Bell. The purpose behind the formation of the Chamber Ensemble was to perform the larger scale chamber music repertoire with players who customarily worked together, instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests. Drawn from the principal players of the orchestra and play-directed by Academy Director / Leader Tomo Keller, the Chamber Ensemble now performs in multiple configurations from wind trios to string octets. Its touring commitments are extensive and include regular tours of Europe and North America, whilst recording contracts with Philips Classics, Hyperion, and Chandos have led to the release of over thirty CDs.The Academy Chamber Ensemble’s October 2018 tour of the United States and Canada is supported by Maria Cardamone and Paul Matthews, together with the American Friends of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. The American Friends was founded in 1998 to support the work of the Academy around the world, particularly in the USA. Find out more at www.asmf.org
Brahms: Sextet for strings in G-Major, Op. 36
Beamish: Partita for string octet (2019)
Mendelssohn: Octet for strings in E flat-major, Op. 20
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was founded in London nearly six decades ago by Sir Neville Marriner, who died at age 92—a passionate performance was dedicated in his memory. Read on here.
BroadwayWorld describes The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble as “…one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras, renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s greatest orchestral music.” Learn more about this talented ensemble here.
Spotlight Talk with James Bergman starting at 7:00 PM. Learn more here.
Classical Music Series at The Broad Stage made possible in part by generous support from the Colburn Foundation.