Coming to San Antonio on October 11, 2015
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, renowned for its fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most-loved classical music. Their Chamber Ensemble will be opening our 73rd Season with an amazing program at Temple Beth-El on Sunday, October 11.
Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in November 1959. Their first three recordings led to a succession of long-term contracts and the Academy quickly took their place among the most recorded ensembles in history.
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to perform the larger chamber works – from quintets to octets – with players who customarily work together, instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests. Drawn from the principal players of the orchestra, the Chamber Ensemble tours as a string octet, string sextet, and in other configurations including winds. Its touring commitments are extensive and have included visits to France, Germany, Spain and Australia, as well as North and South America. Recording contracts with Philips Classics, Hyperion, and Chandos have led to the release of over thirty CDs by the Chamber Ensemble.
“What an awesome octet is the Academy Chamber Ensemble. Packing the punch of two quartets, their sound is vivid: bright and highly saturated”Opus One, Nov 2013
“Their sound is sweet and pure, their ensemble work airtight, and the playing purred along effortlessly”The Washington Post, Oct 2012
Tomo Keller (violin, leader)
Harvey de Souza (violin)
Robert Smissen (viola)
Stephen Orton (cello)
Lawrence O’Donnell (bassoon)
Lynda Houghton (double bass)
Stephen Stirling (horn)
Timothy Orpen (clarinet)
ROSSINI String Sonata in G Major
MOZART Quintet in E-Flat Major for Horn & Strings, K.407
SCHUBERT Octet in F Major for Winds & Strings, D.803
Address: 211 Belknap Place
Time: 3:15 PM