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September 20, 2002 - Image 75

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-09-20

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Sept. 21 concert at the Seligman
Galimar played a pivotal role in the
Performing Arts Center of Detroit
development of countless chamber
Country Day School.
musicians, said Rhodes, "including, of
The 8 p.m. concert, which also
course, the Juilliard."
includes Mozart's String Quartet in B-
flat Minor, K458 (the "Hunt" quar-
Inside The Juilliard Quartet
tet) and Beethoven's String Quartet
No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135, is the
Founded in 1946 by composer
opening event in the 59th season of
William Schumann, then president of
Chamber Music Society of Detroit.
the Juilliard School of Music, the
Juilliard String Quartet almost imme-
This makes CMS the 10th oldest
chamber music organization in the
diately earned a reputation as one of
the world's premier chamber music
United States — and one of the most
financially secure.
"There is simply not enough praise
Subscription ticket sales have
increased more than 68 percent over
available in the English language to
do justice to the treasures the Juilliard
the past two years, bucking a national
Quartet has lavished on the music
In addition, this is the first year all
world over the past 50 years," wrote
Paul Festa, reviewer at the Internet
eight of its subscription programs will
magazine Salon.com and a violinist
be sponsored by a single donor —
himself, in a 50th-anniversary tribute
Scott Shuptrine Furniture and
Interior Design — with other donors
to the quartet.
And, in a recent article, Newsweek
co-sponsoring some of the concerts.
magazine referred to the Juilliard as
While past years have seen some
CMS concerts on Wednesday nights,
"the yardstick against which all other
and some taking place in Detroit, the
groups are measured."
Lois Beznos, president of Chamber
2002-2003 season consists of all
Music Society, said she felt honored
Saturday night concerts, each taking
the Farmington Hills-based group had
place at the Seligman, located on 13
Mile Road just west of Lahser.
been chosen for the premiere of the
The new work on the Sept. 21 pro-
Schuller quartet.
gram, Quartet No. 4, is by Pulitzer
"The Juilliard String Quartet has
performed for us frequently — most
Prize-winning American composer
Gunther Schuller.
recently, they opened the 1998-99 -
The piece is the result of a commis-
season — and they're always very spir-
ited and, of course, technically
sion for the Juilliard Quartet in mem-
superb," she said.
ory of Galimar; who died in 1999.
"Felix Galimar was involved for
The quartet has an active repertoire
of about 500 works, including 60
many years in the Marlboro [Vt.]
world premieres by American com-
Music Festival, so when a friend
wanted to commission a work in his
posers. As teachers, they've trained
some of the world's foremost ensem-
memory, he went to the head of
Marlboro to ask for a recommenda-
bles, including the Concord,
tion," said Rhodes, who also serves on
Emerson, La Salle, Shanghai, Tokyo
the Marlboro faculty. "It was my idea
and St. Lawrence quartets.
In 1961, the Juilliard became the
to get Schuller."
Originally a French horn player,
first American quartet to tour the
Schuller, the son of German immi-
USSR. In 1962, the group began a
grants, has created nearly 200 compo-
fruitful residency at the Library of
Congress that continues to this day.
sitions in nearly every musical genre,
from string quartet to jazz band to
The quartet's members, both indi-
vidually and collectively, have won
large symphony orchestra.
The piece he has written for the
awards and honors too numerous to
count. The group also is unusual in
Juilliard Quartet is about 20 minutes
in length. Although not written in the the number of years its players stay.
This will be the 34th year for violist
jazz idiom that is frequently associated
with Schuller, it does. share some
Rhodes, who also is associated with
rhythmical and harmonic aspects with the Tanglewood [Mass.] Music
jazz, Rhodes said.
It is fitting, he said, that Galimar,
In addition to Rhodes, violinist Joel
known as a champion of the music of
Smirnoff and cellist Joel Krosnick are
Jewish. Smirnoff has been with the
his contemporaries Alban Berg,
Arnold Schoenberg and Anton
quartet for 16 years, Krosnick for 28.
All four of the quartet members also
Webern, should be represented by one
of the finest of contemporary com-

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