Opus 3 Artists, a major artist management firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Berlin, is expanding its management team and roster. Christina Baker, formerly of Baker Artists, LLC, has joined the company as a Manager of Artists & Attractions. She brings a wealth of experience and passion for the performing arts to Opus 3 Artists’ talented and respected team of managers and will help to develop the company’s roster and relationships throughout the world. ... »

Calidore Connects

Calidore String Quartet
Boston Musical Intelligencer

The quotes were superlative. New York Times noted “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct,” the L.A. Times praised “balance of intellect and expression.” Then there was the $100,000 Grand Prize this young ensemble won at the inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition. Yet despite high-set bar, the Calidore String Quartet managed to exceed expectations when it made its Boston debut [BMInt reviewed the ensemble’s recent Concord debut HERE] on Sunday at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall in a program of unabashed classics, with attendant risks and rewards. In this opportunity to stun a packed house of connoisseurs or bore them, the Calidore forcefully stuck to the former. Rarely does a young prize-winning group make such a mature and deep impression. I left the Gardner with my jaw agape.

The Calidore plays with flawless ensemble. The care with which each member matches pitch, sound quality, vibrato, and a sense of phrase, sounded far more rehearsed, familiar, and natural than befits a seven-year-old ensemble. Their philosophy of rhythm predates the indulgences of the ‘80s and ‘90s—when musicians and ensembles erroneously came to believe that a sonata has more than one tempo—so when they took time expressively they were always sure to get it back, and this consistency energized their rhythm which in turn further strengthened the ensemble. The afternoon’s first chestnut, the Quartet in D Major, Op. 64, No. 5, “The Lark” (1790) by Joseph Haydn, highlighted these qualities. Refined details abounded. Second violinist Ryan Meehan brought tonal depth to Haydn’s simple accompanimental phrases, using more bow speed than weight for a light and resonant tone. First violinist Jeffery Myers burned through the perpetual motion finale at breakneck speed. But cellist Estelle Choi deserves a special note here. Haydn quartet performances are truly only as good as their cellist—the musician that, in Haydn’s works, plays the role of both bassist and drummer—and Choi’s rhythm and intonation were flawless, with superlative tone to spare. ... »

Renowned conductor and Jacobs School alumnus Patrick Summers to receive honorary doctorate from Indiana University

Patrick Summers
Indiana University Bloomington

Renowned conductor and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music alumnus Patrick Summers will receive an honorary doctoral degree conferred by IU President Michael A. McRobbie. The degree will be presented during IU's Winter Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on Dec. 16 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

Summers was named artistic and music director of Houston Grand Opera in 2011 after having served as the company's music director since 1998. He has conducted more than 60 operas with the company and has been responsible for many important artistic advances, including the development of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, conducting the first Wagner "Des Ring des Nibelungen" cycle in the company's history, developing many world premieres and advancing the careers of numerous emerging opera stars.

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