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Secrest Artists Series presents six concerts marking 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth

Elias Quartet

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The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. To celebrate, the Secrest Artists Series is presenting a six-concert odyssey into the complete String Quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven, performed by the vibrant young Elias String Quartet. We begin with three concerts on Feb. 26, 27, and 29. The series will be completed by three concerts in October 2020 as part of our 2020-21 season.

All of the concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center.

The complete string quartets of Beethoven (Part 1) will be performed Feb. 27-29.

The Elias String Quartet have performed the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets for BBC Radio 3 as well as at 11 major venues in the United Kingdom. Their recently-recorded Beethoven cycle for the “Wigmore Hall Live” record label has received wide acclaim from the classical-music press and listeners alike.

Join us for a pre-concert talk prior to each evening’s performance. Talks will be led by Beethoven expert David B. Levy, professor of music, and begin at 6:40 p.m. in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room M208, across from Brendle Recital Hall.

Wake Forest University and Medical School faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest to each Secrest Artists Series performance. Wake Forest students and School of Medicine students receive free admission for themselves. Tickets for the community are $5-$36, with special pricing for attendance at all three concerts.

Reserved seating is now being offered. To ensure admittance, please make reservations here or by calling 336.758.5757. Walk-up seating is still offered, but not guaranteed.

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Secrest Artists Series presents harpsichord concert featuring Mahan Esfahani

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As part of the Secrest Artists Series, Mahan Esfahani will present a harpsichord concert on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall (Scales Fine Arts Center). A pre-concert talk will be presented at 6:40 p.m. by Professor of Music Peter Kairoff in Room M208 just off the Brendle Recital Hall Lobby.

The concert will feature a mix of early works for the harpsichord paired with contemporary pieces for the instrument.

Esfahani is known in the music world for striving to rehabilitate the harpsichord in the mainstream of concert instruments.  His creative programming and track record for commissioning new works have drawn the attention of critics and audiences around the world.

We expect this concert to be very popular. Please make reservations online or call 336-758-5757. Walk-up seating is still offered, but not guaranteed.

Tickets for the community are $5 to $18. Tickets are free with Wake Forest ID. Wake Forest University and School of Medicine faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest to each Secrest Artists Series performance. Wake Forest students and School of Medicine students receive free admission for themselves.

 

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Secrest Artists Series presents Chick Corea Trilogy on Oct. 24

Chick Corea Trilogy

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As part of the Secrest Artists Series, the Chick Corea Trilogy will perform Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel.  A pre-conference talk will be presented at 6:40 p.m.

Chick Corea has attained iconic status in music. The keyboardist, composer and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 63 nods – and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin Grammys. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children’s songs to chamber and symphonic works, Corea has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing with the genre-shattering bands of Miles Davis in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

Yet, Corea has never been more productive than in the 21st century, whether playing acoustic piano or electric keyboards, leading multiple bands, performing solo or collaborating with a who’s who of music. Underscoring this, he has been named Artist of the Year three times this decade in the DownBeat Readers Poll. Born in 1941 in Massachusetts, Corea remains a tireless creative spirit, continually reinventing himself through his art. As The New York Times has said, he is “a luminary, ebullient and eternally youthful.”

We expect this concert to be very popular. Reserved seating is now being offered. To ensure admittance, make reservations on the Secrest Artists Series web site or call 336-758-5757.  Walk-up seating is still offered, but not guaranteed.

Tickets for the community are $5 to $24.  Free with Wake Forest ID.  Wake Forest University and School of Medicine faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest to each Secrest Artists Series performance. Wake Forest students and School of Medicine students receive free admission for themselves.

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Secrest Artists Series presents Take 6 on Sept. 19

Take 6 (Photo by John Shyloski)

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The Secrest Artists Series opens the 2019-2020 season with a Sept. 19 concert by Take 6.  The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall.

Heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet,” Take 6 is the quintessential a cappella group and model for vocal genius. Six virtuosic voices united in crystal-clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and is recognized as the preeminent a cappella group in the world.

Join the pre-concert talk at 6:40 p.m. led by Ann Phelps, director of programming for leadership and character at Wake Forest.

We expect this concert to be very popular. Reserved seating is now being offered. To ensure admittance, make reservations at secrest.wfu.edu or by calling 336.758.5757. Walk-up seating is still offered, but not guaranteed.

Tickets for the community are $5-$24. Free with WFU ID. Wake Forest University and School of Medicine faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest to each Secrest Artists Series performance. Wake Forest students and School of Medicine students receive free admission for themselves.

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Secrest Artists Series offers five performances for 2019-20

Chick Corea

Five artists are scheduled for the 2019-20 season of the Secrest Artists Series.

They include:

  • Take 6, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall.  Take 6 is described on the Secrest Artists Series web site as “the pre-eminent a cappella group in the world.”
  • Chick Corea Trilogy with Christian McBride (bass) and Brian Blade (percussion), 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24, Wait Chapel.  Corea is a 22-Grammy-winning jazz legend, pianist and composer.
  • Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord), Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall. The Secrest web site states Esfahani “has made it his life’s mission to rehabilitate the harpsichord in the mainstream of concert instruments, and to that end his creative programming and work in commissioning new works have drawn the attention of critics and audiences across Europe, Asia and North America.”
  • Elias String Quartet, Feb. 26, 27, 29; 7:30 p.m. each performance, Brendle Recital Hall. The complete string quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven will be performed by the Elias String Quartet in six concerts.  The first three will be performed in February 2020, the last three in October 2020. The quartet’s recently recorded Beethoven cycle for the “Wigmore Hall Live” record label “has received wide acclaim from the classical music press and listeners alike,” according to the Secrest web site.
  • A Far Cry, March 26, 7:30 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall.  “Since its founding in 2007, the Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry has developed a distinct approach to music-making, with playing and programming that encourage risk-taking and exploration for both player and audience,” according to the Secrest web site.

Details on tickets are available on the Secrest web site.

Tickets for the community are $5 to $24.

Admission is free for Wake Forest students, faculty, staff and retirees.  Wake Forest University and School of Medicine faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest to each performance.  Wake Forest University and School of Medicine students receive free admission for themselves.

There is a change this year in regard to tickets and seating.  Reserved seating is being offered.  To ensure admittance, make reservations here.  Or, contact Secrest manager Hayden Barnes at 336-758-5757 or barneshd@nullwfu.edu.

Walk-up seating is still offered, but not guaranteed.

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