In an extremely rare decision, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts has just announced that the Callisto Quartet will return to Caramoor for a second season as the Ernst Stiefl String Quartet-in-Residence for 2021-2022. Given the uncertain nature of the world over the past year, Callisto looks forward to more in-person opportunities this coming season where there will be able to connect with audiences and students alike, as well as return to the beautiful Rosen House for two more live concerts.
Following the completion of their extremely successful Bartok Cycle during their 2020-2021 residency, Callisto looks both forwards and backwards in time for inspiration, programming some of the most-loved works of the 19th Century alongside two brand new 21st Century pieces. The theme of inspiration is one which binds both of these programs together – not only are both pairs of 19th Century works directly inspired by one another, but Callisto extends this inspiration to a third generation by commissioning two emerging composers to write works directly inspired by the 19th Century classics.
In the fall the quartet performs the world premiere of a new work by composer Nathaniel Heyder, bookended by Mozart’s B-flat-Major “Hunt” Quartet and Brahms’s Third String Quartet in B-flat Major, which was modeled on the Mozart in terms of key, time signature, pastoral qualities and sense of joy in life and nature. The Callistos commissioned Heyder to write his work as a new addition to this lineage.
Then, on its spring program, the quartet performs another world premiere, commissioned from composer Harriet Steinke. On the same program are Beethoven’s Op. 132 Quartet in A minor and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op. 13 No. 2 in A minor, which shares with the Beethoven not only a key but the themes of introspection, suffering and deliverance. Steinke was likewise commissioned to build on these pieces and concepts as the basis for her new work.
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