“Starry Nights” brings the music of classical composers to Staller Center with works by Brahms and Schumann, as well as an avant-garde performance piece, John Cage’s “Living Room Music.” Renowned cellist Colin Carr, a professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Music, is the artistic director who gathers world-class “star” musicians from the Department to bring the eclectic “Starry Nights” to Staller Center.
This fall’s Starry Nights concert will feature the Schumann Piano Quintet with pianist Christina Dahl joined by the Calidore String Quartet (Jeffrey Myers, violin; Ryan Meehan, violin; Jeremy Berry, viola; Estelle Choi, cello). The Calidore — new artists in residence in the Department of Music — is a young, award-winning string quartet with debut albums and concerts at Wigmore Hall in London as well as Lincoln Center this season. The Calidore will be performing, teaching undergraduate music students, participating in educational outreach to schools, and will be mentored by the Emerson String Quartet, Stony Brook’s world-acclaimed artists in residence since 2002.
Also on the program is the Brahms Clarinet Quintet, considered one of Schumann’s most perfect creations, featuring Alan Kay, clarinet; Hagai Shaham, violin; Petteri Iivonen, violin; Colin Brookes, viola; and Colin Carr, cello. Cage’s Living Room Music features 16 different musicians and includes a poem by Gertrude Stein and a movement with toy instruments.
Enjoy the Starry Nights performance on Wednesday, November 19, at 8 pm in the Staller Center Recital Hall. Tickets are $36 at stallercenter.com or (631) 632-ARTS.