The Flagler name has long been associated with great music. Henry and Mary Lily Flagler frequently hosted musical performances in Whitehall's elaborate Music Room furnished with a 1,249 piper J.H. & C.S. Odell & Co. organ and a Steinway upright grand piano. Flagler's son, Henry Harkness Flagler, was chairman of the New York Philharmonic Society. One of Flagler's granddaughters, Jean Flagler Matthews, founded the Flagler Museum, restored Whitehall's elaborate Odell organ and in 1969 brought the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein, to South Florida for a Museum benefit concert. Another of Flagler's granddaughters, Mary Flagler Cary, amassed a large collection of original music manuscripts now at the Morgan Library.
The association between the Flagler name and great music continues today in the form of the Flagler Museum Music Series, making it possible to experience chamber music, as it was intended, in the gracious and intimate setting of the Museum's West Room. Regularly featured on National Public Radio, the Flagler Museum Music Series features acclaimed musicians performing music composed prior to 1930 in what critics have described as the finest chamber music venue in South Florida. Audience members are treated to a rare opportunity to meet performers during a champagne & dessert reception following each concert.
Violinist Frank Almond is the Charles and Marie Caestecker Concertmaster Chair at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. At 17, he was one of the youngest prize winners in the history of the Nicolo Paganini Competition, and later was one of two American prize winners at the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, which was featured on PBS. His newest CD was recently named a "Best of 2007″ by the American Record Guide.
Frank Almond's Violin:
Frank Almond plays a 1715 Stradivarius named the Lipinski violin. Considered one of the best Stradivari violins ever made, the story of the Lipinski and how Almond came to play this amazing violin is fascinating, to say the least. To read the complete story, click here.
Palm Beach Daily News: Frank Almond, Robin Arrigo dazzle in Flagler Museum concert - By Joseph Youngblood
Palm Beach ArtsPaper: Violinist Almond shines...at Flagler recital - By Greg Stepanich
On Friday, March 26, 2010, National Public Radio's Performance Today broadcast Frank Almond's performance of Pablo de Sarasate's Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43 from his at the Flagler Museum on January 12th.
The Amelia Piano Trio came to the fore after participating in Isaac Stern’s Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall in 2000. Stern became a mentor to the trio and presented the ensemble’s Carnegie Hall debut. Strad Magazine praised the Trio for giving “… careful attention to balance, tonal beauty, and teamwork ... ” Joining the roster of Concert Artists Guild in 2001, the trio went on to win an ASCAP Award.
Palm Beach Daily News: Amelia Trio Impresses-
By Joseph YoungbloodPalm Beach ArtsPaper: Amelia Trio Excellent -
By Greg Stepanich
The Leipzig String Quartet is widely acclaimed as one of the most exciting string quartets on the international chamber music scene: The Neue Züricher Zeitung has described the ensemble as "one of the towering and most versatile quartets of our time." Three of its members were first chairs in the famous Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig. The quartet has won numerous prizes and awards, such as the 1991 International ARD Munich competition, and the Busch and Siemens prizes.
Palm Beach Daily News: They are technically flawless, with a perfect blend - By Ken Keaton
On Monday, March 29, 2010, National Public Radio's Performance Today broadcast the Leipzig String Quartet's performance of J.S. Bach's Der Tag ist hin, die Sonne Gehet Nieder (The Day is Gone, The Sun Goes Down) from their concert at the Flagler Museum on January 26th.
With its versatility and engaging stage manner Intersection Trio has won a large and avid international fan base. In Japan alone, each of the group's numerous CDs and DVDs has shot to the top of the classical and crossover charts. The Los Angeles Times praised the group for their "Diamond-hard brilliance, uncommonly poetic depths...breathtaking in precision, dexterity and unanimity of attack. Stunning." An evening spent with the Intersection Trio is an unforgettable one for any audience.
Palm Beach Daily News: Dazzling! is the first word that comes to mind - By Joseph Youngblood
On Wednesday, April 7, 2010, National Public Radio's Performance Today broadcast a selection from Intersection's February 23rd concert at the Flagler Museum; John Novacek's Intoxication (encore).
Also, on Friday, May 14, 2010, National Public Radio's Performance Today broadcast another selection from Intersection's February 23rd concert at the Flagler Museum; Erik Satie: Je te veux (arranged by Satoh).
Internationally recognized as one of the world's finest string quartets, the American String Quartet has performed in all 50 states and appeared in virtually every important concert hall throughout the world to widespread critical acclaim. Their performances have been praised by the Los Angeles Times as "a comprehensive display of ensemble mastery, of passion, precision and interpretive smarts in near perfect synchrony." Their mastery has garnered them a number of notable residencies, including "Beethoven the Contemporary" at the University of Michigan, and a recent four-year engagement titled "4-5-6..." at Princeton University. They have been the resident quartet at the Aspen Music Festival since 1974 and the Manhattan School of Music in New York since 1984. The American has also served as resident quartet at the Taos School of Music (1979 to 1998), the Peabody Conservatory, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Palm Beach Daily News: ... an extraordinarily elegant performance - By Joseph Youngblood
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