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Savannah Music Festival: Passionate Piano Quartets @Savannah Theatre

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HAILING from New York’s esteemed Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Wu Han, Daniel Hope, David Finckel, and Paul Neubauer make a tour stop in Savannah to share a program of Romantic Piano Quartets.

The players first collaborated in 2011 at Music@Menlo, the renowned chamber music festival; the chemistry was instant.

Together, they will perform Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A minor; Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat major, op. 47; and Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, op. 25.

“It’s really special,” Han, pianist and Chamber Music Society Artistic Director, says of the collaboration, noting the virtuosic passages and timeless nature of the selections.

Han advises that the evening is a great introduction to chamber music, and one that seasoned fans will embrace, as well.

“This is a piece that, if you don’t know chamber music, you will fall in love with,” she asserts. “The rhythm, the melody, the variety!”

Han particularly relishes the Brahms selection. “It’s a real barnburner of a piece,” she says. “If people don’t get up and scream bravo, then something’s wrong!”

The quartet’s March 1 and 3 performances in New York were recorded live and engineered by Grammy Award winner Da-Hong Seeto; it will be available in late April.

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