Music by Biber, Martynov + Sharlat
H. Biber: Battalia (1673)
V. Martynov: Come In! (1988)
Y. Sharlat: Capriccio for Four Violins, Strings, and Harpsichord (2010) - U.S. Premiere -
Quodlibet Ensemble, a string chamber orchestra comprised of some of today's most sought-after musicians, seeks to bridge the gap between classical, romantic, and contemporary music by preserving elements of early performance practices and frequently working with living composers. The ensemble performs an eclectic evening of classical music featuring Heinrich von Biber’s 17th century evocative rendering of battle scenes, Vladimir Martynov’s unabashedly romantic Come In!, and the U.S. Premiere of Yevgeniy Sharlat’s jazzy, virtuosic homage to Bach’s English Suite.
Leadership support for music programming provided by the Anne and Chris Flowers Foundation and the Thompson Family Foundation.
The Quodlibet Ensemble is a group of unique, accomplished, and dedicated musicians who seek to learn from each other and explore the possibilities of an abundant musical spectrum. The players hold degrees from the Yale School of Music, Curtis Institute, Juilliard, New England Conservatory, and Harvard University among others.
Currently they pursue careers as performing artists in both solo and prominent chamber ensembles ranging from early music group the Sebastians, to contemporary ensemble New Morse Code, to the Aizuri String Quartet. A few of the players also serve as faculty at universities such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Connecticut College in addition to their performing careers. The group was founded to be a place where a wide variety of musical ideas can come into realization, bringing together performers from different backgrounds (mainly early music and modern). Quodlibet Ensemble has performed at Yale University, both at the British Arts Center and Dwight Chapel, and also performs every year for the Maxwell Shepherd Arts Fund in Collinsville, CT and the Spring Glen Church in Hamden, CT. Their debut CD, Quodlibet Ensemble: Concerti Grossi, in which all players adapt gut strings, was released in the fall of 2014.
Photos: Mingzhe Wang