Musicians from Ravinia's Steans Music Institute

$10 BGH Classics series

Miriam Fried, Violin
Alexi Kenney, Violin
Tanner Menees, Viola
Haeji Kim, Viola
Oliver Herbert, Cello
Xiaohui Yang, Piano

Bennett Gordon Hall
Friday, March 31, 2017
7:30 PM
Gates Open
8:30 PM
Concert Starts

Reserved: $10
Ticket and Dining Package: $50
No lawn sales

Dining Package: You can make the concert a complete evening out when you purchase the concert/dining package for $50 per person. This convenient package comes complete with dinner in the Freehling Room before the performance in Bennett Gordon Hall. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.


Beethoven:   String Quintet in C major
G. Klein:   String Trio
Stravinsky:   Three Pieces for String Quartet
Fauré:   Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor

Concert Information

Beginning their annual national tour from their home stage in Bennett Gordon Hall, the Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute will lead audiences on a piano-and-string world tour of Vienna (Beethoven), Jewish Czechia (Gideon Klein), Russia (Stravinsky), and France (Fauré). Klein’s String Trio, steeped in the vigorous fiddle music of his native Moravia, was his final work; similarly, Beethoven’s C-major string quintet marked an ending—of his early, Classical style, and consequently some of the first sounds of his grand, Romantic imagination burst forth from the piece. Fauré charted a path all his own in his haunting and suspenseful First Piano Quartet, weaving the profound melancholy of a failed relationship into his intensely Romantic music.

The ensemble’s “uncommon polish and energy” (Washington Post) will gleam off the luster of Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for String Quartet, which demands of its players a dazzling array of virtuosic techniques and “strong, fast finger work, of which [the RSMI players have] in abundance” (Palm Beach Daily News).The ensemble, headed up by world-renowned violinist Miriam Fried, the director of the RSMI Program for Piano and Strings, includes violinist Alexi Kenney, violists Tanner Menees and Haeji Kim, cellist Oliver Herbert, and pianist Xiaohui Yang.