Calefax Reed Quintet
Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 8:00 pm
March 16, 2020: Important Announcement: Remainder of Duke Performances spring season cancelled
Due to precautionary measures related to COVID-19, Duke University has temporarily suspended on-campus classes and is postponing all events with an expected attendance of more than 50 people taking place both on- and off-campus.
Sadly, we must cancel all Duke Performances presentations, both on- and off-campus, for the remainder of our spring season, through May 16.
We wish these changes weren’t necessary, but under the circumstances an aggressive course of action is justified to protect public and community health.
We will do our best to present in the future the artists impacted by these cancellations.
The Duke University Box Office will issue refunds to patrons holding tickets for presentations through May 16. Tickets purchased with a credit card will be refunded to the card of purchase. If card of purchase is expired, refund will be issued via check. Tickets purchased via check or cash payment will receive a check reimbursement sent to the address on record. All refunds are expected to be completed within 8 weeks. Thanks for your patience as we work to expedite refunds.
We thank you for your support of Duke Performances and look forward to seeing you at our presentations in the future.
Until then we wish good health for you and your loved ones as we endure this unprecedented challenge.
With best wishes,
Vice Provost for the Arts
The Calefax Reed Quintet returns to Durham for an evening of impressive musicianship, remarkable arrangements, and unorthodox unseated staging. Formed in 1987 and based in Amsterdam, Calefax classifies itself as “a classical ensemble with a pop mentality.” Its vast repertoire ranges from the 12th century to the 21st. The quintet makes many of its own arrangements, eradicating the borders between early and new music. The ensemble frequently collaborates with living composers.
Calefax’s ambitious program opens with an arrangement of Mozart’s imposing C Minor string quintet, which was itself a rearrangement of a wind quintet. Liszt’s visionary “Years of Pilgrimage” carries the audience from Vienna through the mountains of Switzerland. The second half of the evening contrasts the 18th-century Italian sinfonia of Locatelli with the lushness of Henriette Bosmans’ string quartet, the quirky complexity of two of Nancarrow’s “Studies” for player piano, and the epic misadventures of Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel.
Mozart: Quintet in C Minor, KV. 406
Liszt: Années de Pelerinage Suisse
Locatelli: Introduzione teatrale
Bosmans: String Quartet (1927)
Nancarrow: Studies for Player Piano No. 2 & No. 3c
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel
“Incredible [...] almost everything Calefax touches turns to gold.”