CMSD presents…Curtis on Tour

CMSD presents…Curtis on Tour
March 24, 2020 paperlesslion
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The Chamber Music Society of Detroit planned to present a spectacular concert starring the Vera Quartet and pianist Meng-Chieh Liu in three metro communities when the national emergency was declared. Still, the “Curtis on Tour” artists got together and performed in Philadelphia. And thanks to their generosity, and that of CMSD, we all can enjoy a truly magnificent performance featuring the seldom heard piano quintet by Cesar Franck, an early Beethoven quartet, plus Bright Sheng’s String quartet No. 4, Silent Temple.

Here is the link to this free live stream concert:

Background from Chamber Music Society of Detroit:

Due to concerns about the Coronavirus, the Vera Quartet and pianist Meng-Chieh Liu were unable to travel to Michigan for their Curtis on Tour concerts this weekend. Instead, they performed their program in the Curtis Institute of Music’s Field Concert Hall on Friday evening, March 13, at 7:30 pm, with the performance live-streamed from Philadelphia to CMSD audiences here in Michigan via “YouTube Live.”

Performances were planned on Friday, March 13, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial; Saturday, March 14, at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton; and Sunday, March 15, at Oakland University.

The Vera Quartet:

  • Rebecca Anderson, Violin
  • Pedro Rodríguez Rodríguez, Violin
  • Inés Picado Molares, Viola
  • Justin Goldsmith, Cello

The Program:

Beethoven: Quartet No. 4 In C minor, Op. 18, No. 4
Bright Sheng: String Quartet No. 4, “Silent Temple”
Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor

Concerts were scheduled at:

  • Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. @ The War Memorial – Patriot Theater
    32 Lakeshore Drive
    Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48326
  • Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. @ The Village Theater at Cherry Hill
    50400 Cherry Hill Road
    Canton, MI 48188
  • Sunday, March 15 at 3:00 p.m. @ Oakland University – Varner Recital Hall
    371 Varner Drive
    Rochester Hills, MI 48309-4485


Details from CMSD:

Curtis on Tour, a global touring initiative of the one of this country’s most renowned conservatories, features the Vera Quartet, its current Quartet in Residence, along with distinguished faculty pianist Meng-Chieh Liu, in their Detroit debut.

Winner of the 2018 Astral Artists National Auditions, the Vera Quartet was also Grand Prize winner at recent Plowman and Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competitions, top prize winner at the University of Michigan’s M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, and winner of the St. Lawrence Award from the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition.  Formed in 2015, the quartet has held residencies at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Aspen Music Festival, and the Banff Centre, and has toured in Spain and South Korea. In 2017, they were selected as Young Artist in Residence at NPR’s Performance Today.

A recipient of the 2002 Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Meng-Chieh Liu first made headlines in 1993 as a 21-year-old student, when he substituted for André Watts at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with three hours’ notice. He has gone on to appear with orchestras under conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Gustavo Dudamel, and Alan Gilbert, among others, and has collaborated with the Borromeo and St. Lawrence String Quartets. Mr. Liu teaches at the Curtis Institute and the New England Conservatory.

The program features the seldom heard piano quintet by Cesar Franck, plus an early Beethoven quartet and a Bright Sheng’s String quartet No. 4, Silent Temple.

Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music.