Jonathan Biss, Piano
Miriam Fried, Violin
Ida Kavafian, Violin
Kim Kashkashian, Viola
Paul Biss, Viola
Laurence Lesser, Cello
NOTE PROGRAM CHANGE: Renowned pianist Jonathan Biss performs the Brahms Piano Quartet in A Major, replacing Leon Fleisher, who is suffering from a respiratory illness. Fleisher had been scheduled to perform the Brahms Piano Quartet in C Minor. The son of Fried and Paul Biss—both faculty members at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute—Jonathan Biss enjoys a flourishing international reputation through his orchestral, recital, and chamber music performances in North America and Europe and through his award-winning recordings. He made his Ravinia debut in 1998. Noted for his prodigious technique, intriguing programs, and artistic maturity, Biss performs a diverse repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven, through the Romantics to Janáček and Schoenberg as well as works by contemporary composers, including commissions from Leon Kirchner and Lewis Spratlan. Since he made his New York Philharmonic debut in 2001, Biss has appeared with the foremost orchestras of the United States and Europe. He is a frequent performer at leading international music festivals and gives recitals in major music capitals both here and abroad.
The Adagio has since become one of the most famous of all 20th-century orchestral works and was, for a while, the most frequently downloaded classical selection on iTunes. Its haunting lyricism will be matched by the pristine Classicism of Mozart and the German Romanticism of Brahms, both of whom have earned their place on the roster of classical music’s greatest hits.
Barber: String Quartet Op. 11
Mozart: String Quintet in G Minor, K. 516
Brahms: Piano Quartet in A Major