January 2018

Donald Sinta Quartet at Schneider Concerts, featuring renowned clarinetist Anthony McGill 

Sunday January 7, 2:00 pm
The New School Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street

The Donald Sinta Quartet makes its debut on this venerable chamber music series, joined by New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist Anthony McGill for a performance of Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major, arranged by Quartet member Dan Graser. Also on the program is Dan’s transcription of Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8 and the world premiere of a work written for DSQ by David Biedenbender.

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Verona Quartet performs at Merkin Hall’s Tuesday Matinee Series 

Tuesday January 16,  2:00 pm
Merkin Concert Hall

The Verona Quartet performs works by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Ravel as part of this series for rising young stars.

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CAG Artists on Tour

New York and East Coast
Jan 6-7 – Argus Quartet, CMA Conference, NYC
Jan 15 – Argus Quartet and Fei-Fei Dong, piano, APAP Conference YPCA program, NYC
Jan 21 – Fei-Fei Dong, piano, East Meadow Library, East Meadow, NY
Jan 21 – Dominic Cheli, piano, Whitney Center Retirement Home, New Haven, CT
Jan 28 – Yoonah Kim, clarinet, Honest Brook Winter Series, Delhi, NY

Jan 20 – Fei-Fei Dong, piano, chamber music performance, Ocean Reef Festival, FL
Jan 21 – In Mo Yang, violin, Long Bay Symphony, Myrtle Beach, SC
(Brahms Violin Concerto with Charles Jones Evans, Music Director)

Jan 12 – Calmus, Wisconsin Choral Directors Association Conference, Wausau, WI
Jan 24-26 – Jiji, guitar, Purdue Convocations, West Lafayette, IN
Jan 26 – Brandon Ridenour, trumpet, and Yoonah Kim, clarinet, with Founders, Pittsburg State University School of Music, KS
Jan 28 – Jiji, guitar, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Jan 31 – Verona Quartet, Klein Oak High School, Spring, TX

West Coast
Jan 18-19 – Brandon Ridenour, trumpet, El Dorado County Community Concert Association, Placerville, CA
Jan 20 – Steven Lin, piano, Sequoia Symphony Orchestra, Visalia, CA
(Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major with Bruce Kiesling, Music Director)

Jan 22-30 – Verona Quartet, residency at Chamber Music Northwest, Portland, OR

Get to know more about Winter Performing Arts Conferences!

As another new year begins, CAG’s management team is very busy readying for two major annual performing arts conferences here in New York: Chamber Music America (CMA), which happens from January 4-7 and the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) from January 12-16.  These two events are important opportunities for Steve and Vincent to meet with many presenters from all across North America to further promote our artists and try to secure more engagements for them.

At CMA, which is focused primarily on classical music, our new Argus Quartet will be featured prominently. They will give a showcase performance on Saturday, January 6, and will also conclude the conference, performing Eric Guinivan’s String Quartet No. 1 at a special concert celebrating CMA-commissioned works on Sunday, January 7.

At APAP (which is a huge gathering of over 3,600 industry professionals), classical music is not the main focus, but we are grateful that APAP has a special program to help promote classical artists! This year, the Argus Quartet and pianist Fei-Fei Dong have been chosen for the highly selective YPCA program (Young Performers Career Advancement). They will attend seminars, meet with established presenters, managers, agents, and artists, and develop strategies and goals to help their careers. The YPCA program concludes with the “Classical Connections” showcase at Weill Recital Hall on Monday, January 15 at 6:00pm, which is free and open to the public. You can RSVP to attend here.

In addition to promoting our artists to presenters, a big part of what CAG does is to prepare the artists on our roster to move onto commercial management. These conferences also provide a great opportunity for us to speak with many managers to stimulate interest in our artists who are ready to take that next step in their career.