The Hartt School announced the sixth season of the popular Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series this morning, and it includes some heavy hitters on the contemporary music scene (as usual).
The New York-based JACK Quartet kicks off the series on Oct. 16, followed by recent Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients the Calder Quartet on Nov. 20, nine-person Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth on Feb. 5 and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) on April 23.
The concert series is named after its benefactor, Richard Garmany, who died in 2008. A rundown of past performers in the series, which is curated by former Courant music critic Steve Metcalf, reads like a who’s who of contemporary chamber groups, including the Emerson and Brentano String Quartets, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, violinist Regina Carter and many others. (We wrote about one of the groups, Sybarite5, back in February.)
Roomful of Teeth’s Caroline Shaw won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her stunning “Partita for Eight Voices,” which you really need to hear to believe. (Here’s a clip of ROT premiering the “Passacaglia” movement at Mass MoCa in 2009.) Scroll down to watch the ensemble in rehearsals with composers Caleb Burhans, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs) and William Brittelle.
All concerts in the series will be held in Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford (except for the ICE show, which happens in Lincoln Theatre). Tickets are $35 per concert, or $120 for a four-ticket subscription. Current series subscribers can re-up by calling 860-768-4228. New subscriptions go on sale on June 1, and single tickets are available on Aug. 1.