Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble

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The world-renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble will open Baylor University’s 2017-2018 Distinguished Artist Series on Tuesday, October 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building.

This concert presents pieces written by famous composers while still in their youth. It will open with a chamber work by one of America’s foremost film composers of the 1930s and 1940s, Austrian-born Erich Wolfgang Korngold. He began to write the String Sextet in D major, Op. 10, in 1914, when he was just seventeen. Generally regarded as his finest chamber work, its first performance took place in Vienna on May 2, 1917.

Next, Academy members will play Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11, by the eighteen-year-old Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Its Prelude was completed by December 1924, and the Scherzo followed six months later.

Closing the program will be German composer Felix Mendelssohn’s innovative Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20. While dating from 1825, when Mendelssohn was only sixteen, the Octet is universally recognized as a brilliantly mature masterpiece.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble has a unique heritage. It was established in 1967 to perform large chamber works with players who customarily worked together, instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests. Drawn from the principal players of the orchestra and directed by Academy leader (concertmaster) Tomo Keller, the Chamber Ensemble performs in all shapes and sizes, from string quintets to octets, and in various other configurations featuring winds. Its touring commitments are extensive and include regular tours of Europe and North America, and its recording contracts with Philips Classics, Hyperion, and Chandos have led to the release of over thirty CDs.

Tickets for this Distinguished Artist Series concert are available online through the Baylor University box office at the BAYLOR TICKET OFFICE , or in person at the Bill Daniel Student Center. The telephone number is 254-710-3210. General admission tickets are $15. Tickets for students, senior citizens, and Baylor faculty and staff are $10.