This month we offer you a preview of our January CMA Showcase, Saturday, Jan 17, 7-10pm at the DiMenna Center.  We hope you join us there!
Ariel Artists
Ariel CMA Showcase Artists
As we head into the holiday season, we offer you warm wishes and a scintillating preview of our upcoming Ariel Artists CMA Showcase on the penultimate day of Chamber Music America's 2015 National Conference – three hours of superb live music, food, drinks, and conversation with some very fine young musicians. 

What could be a better way to cap the CMA conference (and find respite from the chilly weather)?  

So mark your calendars for Saturday January 17, 7-10 pm, at the beautiful DiMenna Center (a short walk from CMA's base at the Westin Times Square).  Doors open at 6:45pm, free to stop by anytime -- or reserve your spot by emailing Ariel Founder and Director Oni Buchanan at


Read on, and learn about the showcase featured artists!
Formosa Quartet
Formosa Quartet
S T R I N G  Q U A R T E T

The electrifying Formosa Quartet launches the Ariel showcase in style, with a range of repertoire and recent commissions.

Winners of the of the First Prize and the Amadeus Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition in 2006, the Formosa offer performances characterized by vitality, spellbinding intensity and transcendent virtuosity. 
S H O W C A S E  R E P E R T O I R E
with selections from:

Hungarian Folk Songs (2008, Formosa Commission)
    by Dana Wilson (b. 1946)

Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossom (2007, Formosa Commission)
by Shih-Hui Chen (b. 1962)
Sweet Lorraine
by Cliff Burwell (1898-1977) / Stephane Grappelli (1908-1997) (arr. Jasmine Lin)

String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1

by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Watch Formosa Quartet in this introductory video, and playing the Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossoms

Browse their 15/16 programs, listen to recordings and learn more on Formosa's Ariel page.
Akropolis Reed Quintet
Akropolis Quintet
R E E D  Q U I N T E T
Described as playing with “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality” (Fanfare Magazine), the Akropolis Reed Quintet is a cutting edge ensemble that performs an innovative, living repertoire with acclaimed precision. 
Last season Akropolis won both the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Gold Medal, and the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award. 

S H O W C A S E  R E P E R T O I R E 
with selections from:

Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum,
from Children's Corner Suite
by Claude Debussy (1862-1918), arr. Raaf Hekkema

Variations on Reverse Entropy
by Roger Zare (b. 1985)

by Ton ter Doest (b. 1964)

Watch Akropolis perform Circusmuziek, and Rameau's Suite la Triomphante at the Finals of the 2014 Fischoff Competition. 

Browse Akropolis' 15/16 programslisten to recordings, and learn more on Akropolis' Ariel page.
Delphi Trio
Delphi Trio
P I A N O  T R I O

The deeply communicative and emotionally connected Delphi Trio has been praised for “spot-on ensemble playing and a beautifully blended sound” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “rich, committed string tone, dazzling pianism, rhythmic flexibility, and risky tempi” (Sarasota Herald Tribune).

Following a triumphant orchestral debut in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Op. 56 with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra led by George Cleve, the Delphi Trio has concertized throughout the United States and Canada.

S H O W C A S E  R E P E R T O I R E 
with selections from:

Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66
by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) 
Piano Trio No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 65
by Antonín Dvoƙák (1841-1904)

Piano Trio in A Minor
by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Watch Delphi in this introductory video, and performing the Finale of Haydn's Piano Trio in C Major, Hob. XV:27 (a work featured on their debut recording, out next month).

Browse their 15/16 programs, listen to recordings, and learn more on Delphi's Ariel page
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Rachel Lee Priday
Rachel Lee Priday
Rachel Lee Priday (PRY-DAY), has appeared as soloist with symphony orchestras, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, and Seattle Symphony Orchestras, the Boston Pops, and the Berlin Staatskapelle.

Combining a fierce intelligence with an imaginative curiosity, Priday's wide-ranging repertoire and eclectic programming reflect a deep fascination with literary and cultural narratives.
S H O W C A S E  R E P E R T O I R E 
with selections from:
Scherzo in C Minor, Op. WoO 2 (from F.A.E. Sonata)
by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Intermezzo in F Major, Op. WoO 22 (from F.A.E. Sonata)
by Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Re: No Subject - I. & III. 
by Marcos Balter (b. 1974)

Hungarian Dance No. 2 in D Minor, arr. Joachim 
by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Watch Rachel Lee Priday in this introductory video, and playing Mozart's Violin Sonata in E Minor, K. 304

Browse her 15/16 programs, listen to recordings, and learn more on Rachel's Ariel page.
Tesla Quartet
Tesla Quartet
S T R I N G  Q U A R T E T

Perfectly balanced between intimacy and extraversion, the Tesla Quartet was formed at The Juilliard School in 2008 and quickly established itself as one of the most promising young ensembles in New York

Winner of the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Prizewinners in the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition and 2013 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, Tesla's work is not to be missed. 
S H O W C A S E  R E P E R T O I R E 
with selections from:

Great Danger, Keep Out 
by Matthew Browne (b.1988) 

String Quartet No. 6
by Béla Bartók (1881-1945)

String Quartet in D major, Op. 20, No. 4
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Watch Tesla perform Haydn's Quartet in D Major, Op. 20, No. 4, Mvt. 1

Browse Tesla's 15/16 programs, listen to recordings, and learn more on their Ariel page.
Mirari Brass
Mirari Brass
B R A S S  Q U I N T E T

Engaging and eclectic, the Mirari Brass Quintet brings a spirit of joyful collaboration and innovation to music spanning many centuries and genres.

The commissioners of multiple new works for brass, the group performs a spectacular tight-rope act, balancing intensity with levity and refined virtuosity with pure fun.

S H O W C A S E  R E P E R T O I R E 
with selections from:

A Brass Menagerie
by John Cheetham (b. 1939)

Revecy venir du printans
by Claude Le Jeune (c.1528-1600), orch. Alex Noppe

by Eric Nathan (b. 1983)

by Alex Noppe (b. 1983)

Haitian Fight Song 
Charles Mingus (1922-1979), arr. Alex Noppe

Watch Mirari in action, performing  works by Eugene Bozza, and Eric Nathan's Spires.

Browse Mirari's 15/16 programs, listen to recent recordings, and learn more on their Ariel page.  

Join us at the DiMenna Center on Saturday January 17 in Benzaquen Hall.  

Doors open at 6:45pm, performances 7-10pm.

450 West 37th Street
(between 9th & 10th avenues)
New York, NY 10018
(Map here)


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