Hoch Chamber Music Series 2017-2018

Welcome to the Hoch Chamber Music Series 2017-18!

Amazing artists and fantastic hall – the 2017-18 season is such a wonderful one. More than ever, this is the Hoch Series you'll love attending – you will not want to miss a concert! From celebrating the gala with gospel singer Ruth Naomi Floyd and Broadway’s Norm Lewis, to a concert reflecting the Concordia College’s 2017-18 academic theme of "The Reformation,” to a chamber music great L’Histoire du Soldat by Igor Stravinsky, we have a seat for you in the Sommer Center to experience the beauty.

Kathleen Suss & Lawrence Dutton

The Russian Influence

Saturday, April 21, 2018   7:00 pm

G. Fauré  Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor 
I. Stravinsky  L’Histoire du soldat, theatrical chamber work

The second of Fauré’s two piano quartets dates from 1885 to 1886, around the time he met Tchaikovsky. Like the Russian, Fauré was at heart a Classicist who prized balance, delicacy, and transparency above all and the G-Minor Quartet is singularly free of pretention and is soaring with its beautiful melodies.

Performed by three actors and adancer, accompanied by a septet of instruments The Soldier's Tale is a theatrical chamber music work "to be read, played, and danced." It was conceived by Igor Stravinsky and Swiss writer C.F. Ramuz based on a Russian folk tale (The Runaway Soldier and the Devil). The libretto relates the parable of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil in return for unlimited economic gain.

Earlier this season:

A Night of Reformation

Saturday, October 21, 2017   7:00 PM

Internationally acclaimed violist Lawrence Dutton and cellist Paul Watkins of the Emerson String Quartet brings Conservatory faculty together to perform a concert featuring works by J. S. Bach and Dvorak influenced by times of the Reformation.

Lawrence Dutton  viola
Elizabeth Lim-Dutton  violin
Paul Watkins  cello
Jon Klibonoff  piano

J. S. Bach  Sonata de Gamba
J. S. Bach  3 Duos from The Art of the Fugue
A. Dvořák  Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Opus 87

Conservatory Gala
20...Bring It On!

Celebrating the Anniversary of
Executive Director Kathleen Suss

Featuring Norm Lewis and Ruth Naomi Floyd

Saturday, February 3, 2018   6:00 pm

Norm Lewis  baritone & actor
Ruth Naomi Floyd  jazz vocalist

Lawrence Dutton  viola
Elizabeth Lim-Dutton  violin
Jee Sun Lee  violin
Sachi Patitucci  cello
John Patitucci  bass
Jon Klibonoff  piano

Norm Lewis received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle award nominations for his performance as Porgy in the Broadway production of The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess. Other Broadway credits include Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Chicago, Amour, The Wild Party, Side Show, Miss Saigon, and The Who’s Tommy. In London’s West End he has appeared as Javert in Les Misérables and Les Misérables: The 25th Anniversary Concert, which aired on PBS. In 2014, he was the first Afro-American to play Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.

Ruth Naomi Floyd, a jazz gospel vocalist-composer for over 2 decades, a jazz setting with Biblical messages. Blessed with a soaring mezzo-soprano voice, she returns to the Hoch to perform with John Patitucci and company.

More Than Music
Pre-Concert Talks

Join distiguished Conservatory faculty, Marija Ilić, for this detailed study of chamber music works featured on each of the concerts in this season. The pre-concert talks take place one hour prior to the concert in Stein Hall.

All Hoch concerts are held in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts.

Sponsorship & Ticket Opportunities

$10,000 Regent's Circle
Tickets for 20 preferred prime seating, signage, seating with performers at dinner dance, press release and program recognition

$5,000 Partner
Tickets for 10, program recognition, seating with performers at dinner dance

$2,500 President's Cabinet
Tickets for 5, dress rehearsal audience with performers, program recognition

$1,000 Sustainer