Howland Chamber Music Circle

Preview of our 2017-2018 Season
All programs are subject to change.


  September 17, 2017
Pacifica Quartet
Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, over the past two decades the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles. Returning to our series, they will be playing works by Haydn, Shostakovich and Beethoven.


  October 8, 2017
Thomas Meglioranza, baritone with Reiko Uchida, piano
Called “one of America’s finest young baritones” by New York Newsday, Thomas Meglioranza will be returning to our series to perform Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin cycle. He is a winner of the 2005 Walter W. Naumburg Competition, the Franz Schubert/Modern Music Competition in Graz and many others. To quote the New York Times: “Sublime is the first word that comes to mind”.



  October 22, 2017
Dover Quartet
Appearing for the first time at our series, the Dover Quartet’s rise from up-and-coming young ensemble to occupying a spot at the top of their field has been “practically meteoric” (Strings). They have been called “the young American string quartet of the moment” by the New Yorker. For us, they will be performing works by Danielpour, Tchaikovsky and Bartok.


  November 12, 2017
Narek Hakhnazaryan
We are very pleased to welcome back Mr. Hakhnazaryan. Since winning the Cello First Prize and Gold Medal at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 at the age of 22, Narek Hakhnazaryan has established himself internationally as one of the finest cellists of his generation. His program will include works by Schumann, Brahms, Albeniz and others.


  January 14, 2018
Polonsky - Weiss Piano Duo
One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, the pianist Orion Weiss has performed with major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. Anna Polonsky is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, Daedalus, Shanghai Quartets, as well as many others. This husband and wife piano duo will perform works by Mozart, Barber and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.

  January 28, 2018
Roman Rabinovich
Praised by the New York Times for his “uncommon sensitivity and feeling”, the eloquent young pianist Roman Rabinovich is the winner of the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. Rabinovich was the first of three young pianists to be championed by András Schiff. His "mature, self-assured playing belies his chronological age” (San Francisco Classical Voice). His program includes Chopin’s four Ballades.


  February 11, 2018
Charlie Albright
Hailed as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” with a “dazzling natural keyboard affinity” who “made quite an impression” by the Washington Post, American pianist/composer/improviser Charlie Albright has been praised for his “jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality” by The New York Times. He returns to our series to perform works by Kapustin, Albright and Chopin.


  March 4, 2018
Inon Barnatan
Celebrated for his poetic sensibility, probing intellect, and consummate artistry, Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan currently serves as the first Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic. This unprecedented three-season appointment sees him appear as soloist in subscription concerts, take part in regular chamber performances, and act as ambassador for the orchestra. Returning to our series he will perform works by Schubert, Dorman and Rachmaninoff.


  March 18, 2018
Jason Vieaux, guitar
Returning to our series is Jason Vieaux, "among the elite of today's classical guitarists" (Gramophone). He has earned a reputation for putting his expressive gifts and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music. An award-winning artist from an early age, Vieaux won a Grammy Award in 2015 for his acclaimed CD, PLAY.


  April 8, 2018
Parker Quartet with Charles Neidich, clarinet
Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for its dynamic interpretations, we look forward to their returning to our series. They will play works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and, joined by clarinetist Charles Neidich, Lokshin’s Clarinet Quintet.


  April 29, 2018
Harlem Quartet with Michael Brown, piano
Returning to our series, The Harlem Quartet, praised for its "panache" by The New York Times, will be joined by pianist Michael Brown, described by The New York Times as a “young piano visionary” for a performance of Schumann’s Piano Quintet. They will also perform works by Haydn and Mendelssohn.


  May 20, 2018
Calidore String Quartet
The Calidore String Quartet, one of the most acclaimed and sought after chamber ensembles of their generation, has been heralded as "the epitome of confidence and finesse," (Gramophone Magazine). Returning to our series, they will perform works by Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven.