Named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved”, the world-renowned Brentano String Quartet has performed across five continents in the world’s most prestigious venues. They are joined by Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, a winner of the Avery Fischer Career Grant Award and a distinguished director of winds at Maryland’s Peabody Conservatory. These fine artists will join in a magical afternoon of chamber music that includes Mozart’s iconic Clarinet Quintet.
The event includes an onstage Q&A session with Michael Kannen, a former Brentano Quartet founding cellist and current Peabody Conservatory chamber music professor.
Claudio Monteverdi, arr. Mark Steinberg:
- Lasciatemi Morire
- Ohime il bel viso
- Ditelo voi
- Zefiro torna
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581
Dvořák: Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105
Why did Mozart write a work for clarinet and string quartet? What sets the work apart on a musical level? Join WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky as he explores the inner workings and musicological backstory of Mozart's iconic Clarinet Quintet.
About The Artists
Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. “Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” raves the London Independent; the New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism”; the Philadelphia Inquirer praises its “seemingly infallible instincts for finding the center of gravity in every phrase and musical gesture”; and the Times (London) opines, “the Brentanos are a magnificent string quartet…
Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein is considered one of today’s most exceptional artists. Fiterstein has performed in recital, with distinguished orchestras, and with chamber music ensembles throughout the world. He won first prize at the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition and received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant Award. The Washington Post has described his playing as “dazzling in its spectrum of colors, agility, and range. Every sound he makes is finely measured without…