A few favorites and a handful of new faces are slated to perform in the 2018-2019 Union College Concert Series. The lineup, which was announced this week, includes pianist Mitsuko Uchida, Jonathan Bliss, Piotr Anderszewski and Zoltan Fejervari. Here’s a glimpse into the season:
- Belcea Quartet: The group, well known for its incredible musicianship, will open the season on October 14. It will perform Haydn’s “G-major Quartet, Op. 33, No. 5,” Janacek’s “Quartet No. 2, Intimate Letters” and Beethoven’s “B-Flat major Quartet, Op. 130/133.”
- Alexi Kenney and Renana Gutman: The members of this piano/violin duo have been dubbed rising stars in the classical music world, with performances at Carnegie Hall’s Distinctive Debuts series and in the Mostly Mozart Festival. They’ll be performing pieces from Turnia, Bach, Matteis and Brahms on October 21.
- Zoltan Fejervari: The young, rising pianist from Hungary, a protege of Andras Schiff, will be bringiing his skills to the Union College stage on November 7. His program includes works by Schumann, Janacek and Bartok.
- Musicians from Marlboro: Rising from the Vermont festival, this quartet will be performing music from Dvorak and Bartok on November 16.
- Simon Keenlyside and Malcolm Martineau: Keenlyside has been a long time singer with the Metropolitan Opera and for other international operas. He will be accompanied by Martineau on piano for his debut solo performance on December 5.
- Jonathan Bliss: This pianist falls into the crowd favorite category. Bliss frequently performs with orchestras around the globe and is considered a leading figure in the classical music industry. On December 9, he’ll be performing music by Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann and Mozart.
- David Finckel and Wu Han: The duo performs as well serves as the artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. On January 6 they’ll be performing a program of cello masterworks by Beethoven, Brahms, and Mendelssohn.
- Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis: While pianist Paul Lewis and tenor Mark Padmore have both appeared on the Series lineup in years past, this will be their first time performing as a duet. They plan to perform selections from Brahms, Mahler and Schumann on January 20.
- Emerson Quartet: This nine-time Grammy-Award-winning quartet is making its way back to the series on February 10 with a program including music from Mozart, Shostakovich and Schumann.
- Doric Quartet: This British ensemble is known for its joyous performances. For the performance on February 17, the Doric Quartet will play music from Haydn, Bartok and Mendelssohn.
- Alexander Melnikov and Andreas Staier: These two pianists are respected across Europe as two of the best at what they do. On March 17, they’ll be pairing up for the first time in the United States with an all Schubert performance.
- Piotr Anderszewski: The Polish Grammy-nominated pianist will make his Union College Concert Series debut on March 31. He has recently become one of the most sought-after pianists and he plans to bring a mix of Bach, Salvatore Sciarrino and Beethoven to the stage.
- Artemis Quartet: On April 12, the German quartet will be taking its soulful sound to the stage with music from Haydn, Bartok and Brahms.
- Mitsuko Uchida: The renowned pianist, who was a part of the series in 2017, will be back to play an all-Schubert program on April 27.
For tickets and more information, visit unioncollegeconcerts.org.