The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Starling Chamber Players uniquely combines the talents of two of North America's finest chamber music instrumentalists with a group of world-class students from the renowned IU Jacobs School of Music. The ensemble, co-directed by Professor of Violin Alexander Kerr together with Eric Kim, Professor of Cello, performs works from the great classics of the chamber music repertoire. The students are chosen, says Kerr, from both graduate and undergraduate ranks. “They’re among the very best. We choose students who are totally comfortable on their instruments so we can focus on artistic engagement.”
Their program will include Dvořák: Terzetto in C major, Op. 74; Anton Arensky: Quartet in A minor for Violin, Viola, and Two Cellos, Op. 35; and Brahms: Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 18.
Alexander Kerr balances a teaching and orchestral career with worldwide solo and chamber engagements. He has also served as concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with a number of the world's top musicians, including Grammy Award-winning IU music alums Joshua Bell and Edgar Meyer. His numerous CD recordings include the Dvorak Piano Quintet and classical pianist Leif Ove Andsnes.
Eric Kim is considered by many as one of the finest orchestral, chamber music, and solo cellists of his generation. He has appeared as a soloist with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Denver, and San Diego, and has collaborated with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and Paavo Jarvi, and has performed with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Emmanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, and Yefim Bronfman. Kim can be heard regularly at the summer festivals of Aspen, Bravo!, LaJolla, and Santa Fe, and has made several recordings.
Maintaining a distinguished reputation for the quality of its music programs and the professional preparation for its graduates, The IU Jacobs School of Music offers more than 1,100 performances annually. The IU Alumni Association is sponsoring the reception for this classical afternoon concert.
Classical Afternoons supported by Grand Patron Series Sponsor Deborah and John La Gorce.
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