mannes school of music's schneider concert Series presents callisto string quartet

NYC Premiere of Annika Socolofsky's "The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: The Meantime"

Repertoire Will Include Haydn, Ligeti, and Beethoven

Callisto String Quartet, photo by Mike Grittani

NEW YORK, October 29, 2019 – On Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 2p.m. The Schneider Concerts, a program of The New School’s Mannes School of Music, presents the return of the Callisto String Quartet (which made its New York debut on this series last season) in a program of Haydn, Ligeti, Beethoven and the New York Premiere of Annika Socolofsky’s 2019 quartet, “The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: the meantime.” The performance will take place in The New School’s Auditorium at 66 W. 12th Street. Visit or call (212) 229-5873 for tickets and information.

Sunday, November 17, 2:00 p.m.
Callisto String Quartet

Franz Josef Haydn String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4 "Sunrise" (1799)
Gyorgi Ligeti String Quartet No. 1 "Metamorphoses Nocturnes" (1953-54)
Annika Socolofsky "The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: the meantime" (2019) – NEW YORK PREMIERE
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 "Serioso" (1810)
Program approximately 1 hour and 45 min., including intermission

Single tickets on sale now
$18 single ticket general admission
$16 single ticket seniors 65+ and people with disabilities
$ 5.00 standby, students 30 and younger with school ID
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Grand prize winners of the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Callisto Quartet formed in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music and brings together four dedicated and passionate musicians who share a love for chamber music. Highlights of their achievements include recognition as top prize winners at both the 2019 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, and the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition where they were also the only North American quartet selected to compete. Additionally, they were prizewinners at the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition and took second place at the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition. They are also Grand Prize winners of the 4th Manhattan International Music Competition Chamber Music Division, which featured the quartet in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in July 2019. Beginning in the fall of 2019, they will serve as the Graduate String Quartet in Residence at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where they will work closely with James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith. They have also been invited to study with Günter Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain.

The quartet has participated and performed in many renowned chamber music festivals such as the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the McGill International String Quartet Academy, the Shouse Institute, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute. In April 2018, at the invitation of Gerhard Schulz, they attended the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar where they also worked with Gidon Kremer and Thomas Ades.

Hailed in The New York Times as “one of the best deals in town for lovers of classical music,” for six decades, The New School’s Mannes School for Music’s Schneider Concerts series has presented outstanding young artists and ensembles at non-exclusionary ticket prices. The series’ remarkable history includes the New York debuts of pianist Peter Serkin and the Dover, Calidore, Guarneri, Cleveland, and Vermeer String Quartets and TASHI. Artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Richard Goode, Jaime Laredo, Yo Yo Ma, and Murray Perahia were introduced to New York audiences early in their careers. The series was founded at The New School in 1957 as New School Concerts by violinist and conductor Alexander Schneider, who led the series until his death in 1993, at which time the series was renamed The Schneider Concerts in his honor. Artistic leadership is now under the auspices of a committee of eight noted musicians: John Dalley, Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Anthony McGill, Kurt Muroki, Tara O’Connor, and Arnold Steinhardt.

The 2019-20 Schneider Concerts season is supported by the Alexander Schneider Foundation and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Now in its second century as a dynamic musical center, Mannes School of Music is a standard bearer for innovative artistry, dedicated to developing citizen artists who engage their communities and the world through music. Through its undergraduate, graduate, professional studies, and preparatory programs, Mannes offers a curriculum as imaginative as it is rigorous, taught by a world-class faculty and visiting artists. As part of The New School’s College of Performing Arts, together with the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and the School of Drama, Mannes makes its home on The New School’s Greenwich Village campus in a state-of-the-art facility at the newly renovated Arnhold Hall.

Founded in 1919, The New School was born out of principles of academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. Committed to social engagement, The New School today remains in the vanguard of innovation in higher education, with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students challenging the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The New School welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and calendar of lectures, screenings, readings, and concerts. Through its online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.


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