The Maverick Concert Season continues on Sunday, July 8 with the Shanghai Quartet and Pianist Pedja Muzijevic at 4:00 pm. There will be a 3:00 pm concert prelude with Mr. Muzijevic performing César Franck’s Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue.
The 4:00 pm concert program will include the String Quartet in B Flat Major, “The Hunt,” a cheerful, popular work by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Maurice Ravel’s groundbreaking String Quartet in F Major, one of the most popular and widely performed pieces in the classical music canon; and the Piano Quintet in E flat Major, Op. 44, by Robert Schumann, a work he presented to his wife Clara on the birth of their first child.
The Shanghai Quartet
The Shanghai Quartet has been a favorite with Maverick audiences for many years. Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the quartet has worked with the world’s most eminent artists and regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America, and Asia. The quartet performs at the most distinguished festivals and concert halls, and has built an extensive discography that now totals more than 25 recordings. The ensemble has appeared in a diverse array of TV and film projects, and has a distinguished teaching record, currently serving as Ensemble-in-Residence at Montclair State University in New Jersey. The Shanghai Quartet holds the esteemed title of visiting guest professors at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Central Conservatory in China.
Pianist Pedja Muzijevic has also returned to Maverick’s concert hall numerous times. The Palm Beach Daily News observed, “To play this well, one must have steel in the hands, love and affection in the heart, and more than a little craziness.” A native of Sarajevo, Pedja graduated from the Academy of Music in Zagreb, where he received the Croatian Music Institute Award for best recital. He continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Juilliard School, where he received his Master of Music degree. His many honors include top prize in the Busoni International Piano Competition and a finalist diploma in the Naumburg International Piano Competition, as well as special prizes of the Chopin Society, Warsaw, and the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon. Curiosity has led him to explore the music of the 18th and 19th centuries on period instruments, as well as the work of many contemporary composers. He is the director of music programing at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City.
Maverick Concerts is the oldest continuous summer chamber music festival in America and a winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Built by Maverick Art Colony founder Hervey White, Maverick Concert Hall first opened its doors to music lovers in 1916. The rustic hall is located at 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock, N.Y. 12498. With acoustics ideally suited to the intimacy of live chamber music performance, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
For additional details, including a schedule of concerts, ticket prices, and seating information, visit www.maverickconcerts.org or call Maverick’s recorded message line at 845 – 679-8217.
featured image of Maverick Hall by Dion Ogust