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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 7, 2014

MEDIA ALERT: The London Haydn Quartet make an eagerly awaited BEMF début in a program of Haydn, Beethoven, and Mozart featuring period clarinet virtuoso Eric Hoeprich in Boston and New York City

ARTIST: London Haydn Quartet (United Kingdom)
Eric Hoeprich, basset clarinet

Catherine Manson & Michael Gurevich, violin
James Boyd, viola
Pierre Doumenge, violoncello
WHEN: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational,
11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:30pm
Gilder Lehrman Hall at The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York, NY
PROGRAM:  Music of Haydn, Beethoven, and Mozart

Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in B-flat, Op. 50, No. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in D, Op. 18, No. 3
Wolfgang Amade Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581
TICKETS: Tickets for the Cambridge performance are priced at $19, $38, $49, and $66 each and can be purchased at WWW.BEMF.ORG and 617-661-1812; a $5 discount for students, seniors, and groups is offered by calling 617-661-1812. Subscription discounts of 10% are available with the purchase of three or more programs.

Tickets for the New York City performance priced at $35 for Morgan members and $45 for non-members and can be purchased at www.themorgan.org/bemf and 212-685-0008, ext. 560.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
Since its founding in 2000, the London Haydn Quartet has built a reputation as one of the most exciting and innovative string quartets in the world, focusing on period-instrument interpretations of classical repertoire. They make their BEMF début in a program featuring delightful and lyrical string quartets by Haydn and Beethoven alongside Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A, composed for Mozart’s close friend Anton Stadler for the unique basset clarinet. This is a truly rare opportunity to hear this quintet on the instrument Mozart wrote it for, featuring the virtuoso who has pioneered its modern-day rediscovery, both as performer and instrument builder, Eric Hoeprich.

“Without a doubt, Stadler possessed a special instrument, the basset clarinet, capable of playing a third lower than a conventional clarinet,” notes Mr. Hoeprich in his notes on the piece. “The range spans more than three octaves and allows the clarinet to act as a soprano as well as a baritone, often alternating between the two in a sort of uncanny operatic dialogue. The work can certainly be included among the most beloved of Mozart’s compositions. It manages to encompass everything that chamber music should. As the clarinet moves in and out of the ensemble, one minute a part of the ‘tutti’ texture, the next, a glorious soloist, we listen to Mozart’s unending inventiveness and complete mastery:  music that is intimate, varied, expressive, humorous, perfectly balanced, and always engaging.”

ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE:
The London Haydn Quartet was born out of a passion for Haydn's string quartets. One of the world's leading period instrument quartets they have received invitations to many of the most important concert series in UK, USA, Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. The quartet has given recitals of all-Haydn programs at New York’s Carnegie Hall,  the Cheltenham Festival, the Granada International Festival and at Haydn festivals  in Esterhazy, Lincoln and Lyon and the English Haydn Festival. In 2012 the quartet  gave a series of four concerts at the Wigmore Hall in which they performed all of Haydn’s opus 20 quartets and the six Mozart quintets with violist Steven Dann. More recently their programs have included series juxtaposing the late Haydn and early Beethoven quartets. In addition to their highly acclaimed performances of Haydn they have formed a collaboration with period clarinetist Eric Hoeprich with whom they also recorded the  Brahms and Mozart quintets on the Glossa label.

ABOUT THE GUEST ARTIST:
For the past thirty years Eric Hoeprich has specialized in performing on historical clarinets, in music from the Baroque to the late Romantic. Educated at Harvard University (AB cum laude, 1976) and the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, he is currently on the faculties of the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague and at Indiana University, Bloomington. A founding member of Frans Brüggen’s Orchestra of the 18th Century (1982), Hoeprich has performed frequently as a soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society, as well as many of the major early music ensembles. In the 1980s, he founded two wind ensembles, NACHTMUSIQUE and the Stadler Trio (three basset horns), which have toured around the world.  An interest in historical clarinets has led to the publication of numerous articles, contributions to The New Grove Dictionary, and a general text on the clarinet published by Yale University Press (The Clarinet, 2008). He has amassed a collection of more than one hundred antique clarinets, which has also led to restoration and construction of replicas of period originals. He maintains a workshop for instrument making at his home near London.

RESOURCES:
Download artist photos: www.bemf.org/pages/press/images.htm
London Haydn Quartet Website: www.londonhaydnquartet.co.uk/

ABOUT THE BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, BEMF offers diverse programs and activities, including three Grammy-nominated opera recordings, an annual concert series that brings early music’s brightest stars to the Boston and New York concert stages, and a biennial week-long Festival and Exhibition recognized as the “world’s leading festival of early music” (The Times, London). The 18th Boston Early Music Festival will take place from June 7–14, 2015, and will be highlighted by Claudio Monteverdi’s trilogy of operas: Orfeo, Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, and L'Incoronazione di Poppea. BEMF’s Artistic Leadership includes Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Opera Director Gilbert Blin, and Orchestra Director Robert Mealy.

ABOUT THE MORGAN LIBRARY & MUSEUM:
The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. Today, more than a century after its founding, The Morgan serves as a museum, independent research library, musical venue, architectural landmark, and historic site.  Located at Madison Avenue and 36th Street, with a world-renowned collection that ranges from Rembrandt to Picasso, Mozart to Bob Dylan, Dickens to Hemingway, and Gutenberg Bibles to Babar the elephant, The Morgan Library & Museum maintains a unique position among cultural institutions in New York, the nation, and the world. Gilder Lehrman Hall, designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, was opened by the Morgan in May 2006, and seats 264 people, providing a uniquely intimate concert venue.

The 2013–2014 Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series is presented with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, ConstellationCenter, WGBH Radio Boston, Harpsichord Clearing House, Zuckermann Harpsichords International, The Gregory E. Bulger Foundation, and U. S. Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management.

For more information, images, press tickets, or to schedule an interview, please contact Kathleen Fay at 617-661-1812 or email kathy@bemf.org.

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