Glière: Theme and Variations (Andantino) from String Quartet Op. 2
Kevin Puts: New Work (co-commissioned by CMSDetroit)
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581
In an opening night performance that marks their second of five consecutive annual visits to the CMSD, the Miró Quartet is joined by the brilliantly multi-faceted Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic. The featured Mozart Clarinet Quintet is preceded by a lovely Glière rarity and a new work by Kevin Puts, co-commissioned by the CMSD.
Formed in 1995, the Miró Quartet is consistently praised for its deeply musical interpretations, exciting performances and thoughtful programming. First prize winner of both the Banff and Naumburg Competitions, in 2005 the Miro became the first ensemble ever to be awarded a coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant. Among their many recent career high points was a highly anticipated and sold out return to Carnegie Hall to perform Beethoven’s complete Opus 59 Quartets.
Clarinetist Anthony McGill is one of classical music’s most recognizable and brilliantly multifaceted figures. He is the New York Philharmonic’s first African-American principal player. McGill was honored to take part in the inauguration of President Obama, premiering a piece by John Williams alongside Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma. He appears regularly as a soloist with top orchestras and chamber ensembles around North America and has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Inon Barnatan, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida, and Lang Lang. McGill previously served as the principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera.