The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s Chamber Music series features some of classical music’s top performers. In 2019, the Chamber Music series features the Calidore String Quartet, Apollo’s Fire, and the American Virtuosi featuring Tai Murray. Learn more about these incredible ensembles and their Fort Myers performances below.
The Calidore String Quartet
The Calidore String Quartet – violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi – made international headlines as the winner of the $100,000 Grand-Prize of the 2016 and inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world.
Violinist Ryan Meehan has roots right here in Fort Myers. He was a student at Edison Park Elementary, where he studied under Davis School of Music instructor, Kara Griffith. This season, Meehan returns to Fort Myers for a performance with the Calidore String Quartet on Friday, Feb. 22nd. Learn more about the Calidore String Quartet and purchase tickets to their show before it sells out!
On March 28th, 2019 Grammy Winner Apollo’s Fire will take the stage at SBDAC! Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire was founded by its Artistic Director Jeannette Sorrell, to revive the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various “Affekts” or passions in the listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric.
In February, Apollo’s Fire won Best Classical Vocal Solo Album for their recording “Songs of Orpheus.” Prior to their win, Apollo’s Fire was already getting rave reviews, like this one from Gramaphone: “Led by a brilliant harpsichordist, Jeannette Sorrell, the ensemble exudes stylish energy – a blend of scholarship and visceral intensity.” Find out more about Apollo’s Fire and get tickets to their Fort Myers performance.
Then, on March 29th, experience the American Virtuosi, a special ensemble that comes together for this yearly concert. This year’sensemble features violinist Tai Murray, violinist Peter Winograd, violist Jim Griffith, cellist Andres Díaz, and pianist Wendy Chen. When you purchase tickets to both American Virtuosi and Apollo’s Fire, you receive $20!
Featured performer Tai Murray’s critically acclaimed debut recording for harmonia mundi of Ysaye’s six sonatas for solo violin was released in February 2012. Her second recording with works by American Composers of the 20th was released in November 2013 by the Berlin-based label eaSonus and her third disc with Bernstein’s Serenade in 2014 by the French label mirare. Purchase tickets to see this once-in-a-lifetime performance before it’s too late.
Chamber Music at SBDAC
The 2019 Chamber Music Series tickets are now on sale! You can purchase series tickets until February 22nd at a 12% discount. Plus, students pay only $10 per ticket with student ID at the box office. Take part in the amazing shows!