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Tertulia Chamber Music
Announces First Concert of its 2015-2016 Season
September 27th at Tasca Chino NYC featuring an all-wind program with artists from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
The trailblazing musical-culinary series previews its fourth season and announces expansion to San Francisco

“The Tertulia Chamber Music series presents some of the best young rising stars” Opera News 

September 9, 2015  (New York, NY) – On September 27th, the cutting edge classical music series Tertulia Chamber Music will launch its fourth season at Chinese-Spanish fusion hotspot Tasca Chino with a unique all-wind program, further continuing their commitment to presenting world-class artists and innovative programming at an eclectic array of restaurants around New York City.  In an unparalleled initiative, Tertulia’s 2015-2016 season will also include the expansion of the series to San Francisco, with a debut concert featuring the St. Lawrence String Quartet.  As the series’ mission continues to attract new and experienced classical music audiences and foodies alike, Tertulia’s incomparable concerts place chamber music back where it belongs - in a festive, inviting atmosphere.  The first New York Tertulias to be announced for 2015-2016 are:

September 27th’s NYC Opening Night concert is a wind extravaganza at the adventurous Tapas/Dim Sum restaurant Tasca Chino, featuring a program of Mozart’s “Wind Serenade” in E-flat Major and selections from Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride” for wind octet.  This exuberant concert will feature some of the city’s greatest wind players – from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center -- includingJames Austin Smith and Stephen Taylor, oboes, Romie de Guise-Langlois and Alan Kay, clarinets, Adrian Morejon and Gina Cuffari, bassoons and Eric Reed and Julie Landsman, horns.

On October 19th, South African/Portuguese piano duo Nina Schumann and Luis Magalhaes - TwoPianists - will team up with an all-star vocal cast including mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, soprano Kiera Duffy, tenor John Bellemer and baritone Jesse Blumberg to present the Brahms “Liebesliederwalzer”, Ravel’s “Rhapsodie Espagnol” and a set of Strauss lieder.  Restaurant to be announced.

November 17th brings the Attacca Quartet to the Upper West Side’s Andanada for an evening of true Spanish dining set to string quartets by Rogerson and Grieg.

On February 23rd, members of Carnegie Hall Affiliate Ensemble DECODA (James Austin Smith, oboe; Owen Dalby, violin; Saeunn Thorsteindottir, cello; David Kaplan, harpsichord) will delight with three sets of Contemporary and Baroque works by Schulhoff, Telemann, Andriessen, Bach, Biber and Legrenzi.  Restaurant to be announced.

March 21st finds the Signum Quartet joined by pianist Gilles Vonsattel presenting South African composer Peter Louis van Dijk’s “iiyembezi” for string quartet and the Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor.  Restaurant to be announced.

April 18th’s Tertulia stages a timely portrait program of Cuban-American composer Tania Leon with wind players Tara Helen O’Connor (flute), James Austin Smith (oboe), Todd Palmer (clarinet), Peter Kolkay (bassoon) and pianist Peggy Kampmeier.  Also on the program are works by Poulenc and Alberto Ginastera.  Restaurant to be announced. 

May 17th’s thrilling closing season program features the Grammy Award-winning Parker String Quartet and Friends playing Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and Beethoven’s String Quartet in G Major.  Restaurant to be announced.

Tertulia Chamber Music Expands to San Francisco
Tertulia will kick off its inaugural San Francisco season with two concerts at one of the city’s most distinctive dining destinations, partner restaurant Town Hall.  On October 11th, the renowned St. Lawrence String Quartet will play music of Osvaldo Golijov and Haydn, as well as John Adams’ Second String Quartet which was recently premiered by the quartet.   May 7th, the second San Francisco Tertulia will feature an afternoon brunch combination of San Francisco (violinist Livia Sohn, violist Meena Bhasin, and double bassist Anthony Manzo,) and New York’s (oboist James Austin Smith and clarinetist Todd Palmer) most revered soloists and chamber musicians. Tertulia’s commitment to contemporary music will be illuminated in a context that is welcoming with works by Shepherd and Oliver Knussen, alongside beloved works by Prokofiev, Mozart and Morton Gould.

About Tertulia
Tertulia is not your typical classical music presenter.  Established in 2011 by Artistic Director Julia Villagra, Tertulia is a chamber music series that is designed to attract new and experienced audiences alike, or really, anyone who loves incredible food and music.  Part concert, part dinner party Tertulia presents world-class chamber music concerts in critically acclaimed restaurants in and around New York City. The format and program is designed to enhance the social and culinary experience, but at all Tertulias, the music is paramount.   Executed in a dynamic, casual format, Tertulia allows the audience to socialize over dinner and drinks while still adhering to a concert-like set of rules: there is absolutely no talking or moving around and restaurant service is suspended, during performances. In its 2014-2015 season, Tertulia welcomed celebrated artists and ensembles including; Jennifer Johnson Cano, The Dover Quartet, harpist Bridget Kibbey, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, the Jasper String Quartet, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, the Tesla Quartet and more.


September 27th, 6 PM
Tasca Chino (245 Park Ave South)
Tickets/More Information:

Tertulia Chamber Music Presents: James Austin Smith and Stephen Taylor, oboes, Romie de Guise-Langlois and Alan Kay, clarinets, Adrian Morejon and Gina Cuffari, bassoons and Eric Reed and Julie Landsman, horns

        Cocktails & Amuse-Bouche
MOZART Wind Serenade in E-flat Major
        Main Course
SMETANA (arr. Tarkmann) Selections from “The Bartered Bride”
        Mingle & Meet the Musicians

For More Information Contact:
Liza Prijatel Thors
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