WHAT A WINTER THIS WILL BE !
Notes on the 2018 -- 40th --Season of the Blue Hill Concert Association!
We are thrilled to be bringing music lovers on the Blue Hill peninsula exceptional chamber music for
another winter season. In addition to giving us remarkable music, each of our four ensembles has
offered to perform for and coach our local students, fulfilling our commitment to expose students to
First we present Ensemble 4.1, a piano quintet comprised of the pianist
Thomas Hoppe, known world wide as an exceptional musical collaborator and four gifted wind
German musicians playing the oboe,
bassoon, clarinet, and french horn. All are known individually on the continent for their roles as
principal players in major orchestras, chamber music groups, and with co-performers of note. The
group was founded in 2013 and fostered by the renowned Goethe Institute, which assisted with their
initial concerts and world wide tours. They have played and delighted audiences in Berlin, Istanbul,
New York City, Karachi, Shanghai, Toronto, and Bergen (Norway) performing a repertoire of original
masterworks written for this instrumentation. Reviews of past performances suggest this will be a
remarkable musical event.
We are excited to bring back the Gryphon Trio, who are now in their 23rd year together and have been
described as Canada's foremost ensemble. The LA Times reports that they give “...big, bold, almost
orchestral performances” and are one of the world's preeminent piano trios. They have commissioned
over 75 new works and are known for challenging the boundaries of traditional chamber music. The
Gryphon Trio are deeply committed to the encouragement and education of younger performers and
have a wonderful history of master classes and workshops at universities and conservatories. Their
honors individually and together are too numerous to list here but may be found on their website. A
visit to the artists' bios confirms that this will be a very special concert.
Since their founding in 2002, the Parker Quartet have established themselves as one of the most sought
after quartets in their generation. Now in their fourth year in residence at Harvard University as well as
the USC School of Music, the group has also resided at the University of Minnesota and the St. Paul
Chamber Orchestra during which time they were the first ever Artists-in-Residence with Minnesota
Public Radio. Additional accolades include Chamber Music America's prestigious Cleveland Quartet
Award, the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize and the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition
and winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition. They have appeared at many of the world's most
important venues, and they are strong supporters of the Music for Food project, for which they present
benefit concerts throughout the United States for shelters and food banks.
The BHCA has a goal of identifying young musicians who have demonstrated exceptional ability and
whom we expect to become prominent among the community of established chamber musicians. The
Omer Quartet has this year completed a graduate residency at the New England Conservatory. They
are widely recognized, having won the prestigious XI Premio Paolo Borciani Competition this year and
have previously been the Grand Prize and Gold Medal Winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music
Competition as well as runners up in the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Individually
they are each pursuing masters or doctoral level degrees at prominent universities or institutions. The
quartet are also generous contributors to the Music for Food project. They are as delighted to join the
BHCA schedule this year as we are to welcome them. A young, accomplished, forward-looking quartet
are the ideal artists to complete our 40th season as we, too, look ahead to a future presenting many years
of essential music.
George Zentz, Program Director