Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux, who lives right up the road in Lakewood and heads the guitar department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, will kick off Tuesday Musical's 132nd season with violinist Adam Barnett-Hart of the Escher String Quartet Sept. 24.
Vieaux is no stranger to collaborating with the Eschers, with whom he recorded the CD "Dance," released in July. In the upcoming Akron concert with the quartet's first violinist, each musician will perform solo works and also perform together. Their duo work will include Handel's Violin Sonata in D major and Bach's "Fuga" from Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, in which the part normally played by the piano will now be guitar.
Other pieces they have chosen for the program include Manuel de Falla's "Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas," Piazzolla's "L'histoire du Tango," Ysaye's Sonata No. 5 for solo violin, Barbara Kolb's "Umbrian Colors" and Jacques Ibert's "Histoires."
"This is a new collaboration and a one-of-a-kind concert, only happening here" at E.J. Thomas Hall, outgoing Tuesday Musical executive/artistic director Jarrod Hartzler said in late August.
Next, the "October Octets" concert Oct. 30 will bring together Tuesday Musical's quartet in residence, the Escher String Quartet, with their friends, the young Dover String Quartet of Philadelphia. The latter, a quartet that has experienced a meteoric rise, was named the 2016 Cleveland Quartet Award winner.
The two quartets are doing a six-city tour together but Akron's concert will include something unique: the world premiere of a string octet by Gregg Kallor, Tuesday Musical's composer-in-residence.
"As in the most rewarding relationships, the individual voices of a chamber music ensemble don't get lost; rather, they interact with each other; stimulate and enhance each other; they blend and coalesce into a single expressive force,'' Kallor said of the octet, the first he's written, in his program notes.
The synergy between the two string quartets goes even deeper: Dover violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt and Escher cellist Brook Speltz are married.
Hartzler said the concert highlights both of Tuesday Musical's residencies and brings in another great ensemble to share the experience. Also on the program will be Shostakovich's Two Pieces for String Octet and Enescu's Octet in C major.
Continuing the season will be pianist Fei-Fei Dong in the Margaret Baxtresser annual piano concert Nov. 21. The young Chinese pianist was a finalist in the the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, with that experience showcased on PBS in the documentary film "Virtuosity."
The headliner for the season will be the acclaimed Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Feb. 25, 2020, with music director Joshua Bell, virtuoso violinist. The full chamber orchestra last appeared with Bell in Akron for Tuesday Musical in March, 2016.
American Bell was named music director of the Academy in 2011, the only person to hold the post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the London chamber orchestra in 1958. The program in Akron will include Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Brahms' Symphony No. 4 in E minor.
"They're one of the world's best chamber orchestras and of course they come with one of the world's best violin soloists,'' Hartzler said of the Academy, which tours only two weeks each year in the United States.
In a first, Tuesday Musical will collaborate with the Canton Symphony Orchestra for a concert with violinist Augustin Hadelich on March 21, 2020, at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall in Canton. Hadelich, born in Italy of German parents, received three standing ovations from the Tuesday Musical audience when he last appeared in Akron with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in March 2018.
The violinist, 34, was named 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America. He will perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major under the baton of Gerhardt Zimmerman in Canton.
"He played so brilliantly with Orpheus,'' Hartzler said of Hadelich. "We're excited for the partnership with Canton."
The last mainstage program will be the JCT Trio April 14, 2020. The young trio is comprised of famed pianist and composer Conrad Tao, 25, who last appeared in Akron in 2015; violinist Stefan Jackiw and cellist Jay Campbell. The latter two are making their Tuesday Musical debuts.
Hartzler, who described the trio as "three of the best young virtuoso players in the world coming together to play a great concert,'' said he booked the group 1½ years ago, immediately after the new trio's tour was publicly announced. They're expected to play the Beethoven "Archduke" Piano Trio and Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2 as part of their Akron program.
Also on Tuesday Musical's 2019-20 schedule are three Fuze series concerts.
• Tuesday Musical will produce "Akron Legends of Jazz and Dance," featuring Verb Ballets and the Chamber Music Society of Ohio, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at E.J. Thomas Hall. The event celebrates two late Akron arts legends: Ohio Ballet founder and choreographer Heinz Poll and jazz pianist/composer Pat Pace. The program will feature a re-choreographed version of Pace's "Excursions,'' which the Ohio Ballet performed in 1982, and Poll's 1993 "Rococo Variations," featuring dancers in the original costumes and solo cellist Nathan Walhout of Houston.
• Pianist and improviser Gabriela Montero will perform the program "Westward" at the Stage Door at E.J. Thomas Hall at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21. The show will be the first time Tuesday Musical will present a show in the Stage Door cabaret-style, with the audience sitting on the E.J. stage.
The Venezuelan pianist's program focuses on three Russian pianist-composers' emigrations to the United States: Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Because their emigrations occurred as the world of film was evolving and Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff lived in Los Angeles, Montero's program will end with her improvising live to Charlie Chaplin's most famous silent short film from 1917, "The Immigrant."
"That's exciting because we've not historically done anything with film yet,'' Hartzler said of the concert, which will be presented in collaboration with the University of Akron School of Music's Kulas Concert Series.
• Vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway will return with "Jazz Goes to the Movies," a Stage Door concert with pianist Matt Baker at 7:30 p.m. April 22, 2020. Vintage movie tunes will include Herman Hupfeld's "As Time Goes By" from "Casablanca" and Irving Berlin's "Let's Face the Music and Dance" from "Follow the Fleet." Callaway last performed "A Tribute to Sarah Vaughan" in Akron in March 2018.
Arts writer Kerry Clawson may be reached at 330-996-3527 or email@example.com. Follow her at @KerryClawsonABJ or www.facebook.com/kclawsonabj.