ABOUT


‘Series of Four’ is the new concert series in Copenhagen, arranged by the Danish String Quartet. Four concerts a year will stand like glowing beacons in the season and the vision is to create a space where the playful and relaxed lives side by side with the heartfelt and intense classical music. Two main pillars of the series is going to be a strong musical curating and our home-brewed beer from Frederiksberg Bryghus. The first season of Series of Four brings renowned world stars to Copenhagen. The British violist Lawrence Power, the German Artemis String Quartet, mandolin legend Chris Thile and a dream team of American musicians from the legendary ‘Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’.

CONCERTS


  • #1

    OPENING

    October 7th 2016

    #2

    ARTEMISKVARTETTEN

    January 26th 2017

    #3

    CHRIS-THILE

    March 23rd 2017

    #4

    FRIENDS-FROM-NY

    May 4th 2017

OPENING
#1
October 7th 2016
Power
He stands 2 meters tall with a body like an Easteuropean heavy weight boxer, his last name is actually 'Power' and he plays the most masculine instrument ever: the viola.
When we decided to invite the violist Lawrence Power to kick off 'Series of Four', I – the violist of the Danish String Quartet – was very happy and pleased. Too often viola players are kept in the shadow of flashy violinists and the cellists with their big instruments, so it is the ideal situation to be able to center the focus of attention on the viola for our first concert. Lawrence Power is simply the most prominent violist of our time: When he walks on stage you listen and wonder why the Italian instrument makers of the 16th century decided they needed the shrink the viola and create it's shrill little brother: the violin.
For this concert Lawrence Power brings a piece titled 'Powerplay' composed by Mark Anthony Turnage in 2014. The piece, dedicated to Lawrence Power, makes for an intense journey through all the sonorities and characters that this viola-bear possesses. At the piano Lawrence Power has his partner in crime, Simon Crawford-Phillips. Following 'Powerplay' we, in the Danish String Quartet, play Beethoven's dramatic string quartet in c-minor (op. 18, no. 4) and after the intermission join forces in Mendelssohn's string quintet in Bb-major: one does not invite a bear without asking him for a dance.

Asbjørn Nørgaard
ARTEMISKVARTETTEN
#2
January 26th 2017
2016-01-17ArtemisGruppe@felixbroede
When we were planning our opening season of ‘Series of Four', we had some long and interesting meetings where ideas were flying across the table. We didn’t finalize the program for the concerts until relatively late, but one thing was very clear to us from the beginning: We wanted the Artemis Quartet to come and play.
For us the Artemis Quartet is a shining star on the chamber music sky. Their extremely high level of playing makes them mesmerize listeners with ease. The music is the core of this ensemble that throughout almost 30 years has been working on perfecting their sound. In fact during a period of time we were so inspired by this group that we gave them a nickname. In Danish: 'Facit kvartetten’, ’The Conclusive Quartet' . If we were not sure about a phrasing or the answer to another musical question, we were pretty sure the Artemis Quartet would have the right answer. On this evening they are presenting an extraordinary progamme. We can be looking forward to an evening with a range of about 150 years, and thus offers great variety in the way the music is expressed. Beethoven's String Quartet op. 18, no. 3 is actually the first string quartet he composed. This quartet is Beethoven's perhaps most illuminating, genial and in a way relaxed quartet. And the first attempt on the string quartet genre by a young and special guy, who later went down in history as one of most respected and innovative composers ever.
The second piece on the programme is Bartok's string quartet no. 3. And what a string quartet. From the very beginning this music makes your skin crawl. The tonal language is unmistakably Bartok's, but time and time again you are surprised by this thrilling sound that possesses so much mystery and grace. The quartet lasts only about 15 intense minutes, but the aftermath leaves a brutal and permanent impression. A short piece of music, that while being compact and at the same time spanning across what seems like an infinite range of expression forces the listener to face its ruthless brutality. You are probably going to need a hug to recover.
Finally the Artemis Quartet ends the evening with the absolutely wonderful romantic music of Robert Schumann. This concert is a dream come true for us. Pristine musicians and pristine music. And I am pretty sure I can get an autograph after the concert. I certainly hope so.

Frederik Øland
CHRIS-THILE
#3
March 23rd 2017
Chris-Thile-photo-Danny-Clinch
Chris Thile is probably one of the most fantastic and fascinating musicians I know of. Not only has he, with great virtuosity and musical integrity, been an amazing amabassador of his main instrument, the mandolin; he also struck down the barriers between genres and redefined the term ' all-inclusive'.
He plays everyhing from Bach and other classical masters to traditionel folk music from the four corners of the world and of course his own compositions. Because it goes without saying that he is an extraordinary composer. And one hell of a singer.
He brings it all with him when he starts his tour of Europe March next year. This will be Chris Thile's first solo concert in Denmark and we can not believe our luck that we were able to get him to 'Series of Four'. It will be a unique chance to meet and experience a true master up close. This is a concert to look forward to!

Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen
FRIENDS-FROM-NY
#4
May 4th 2017
CMS
When you are out fishing for artists in the world's biggest center for the performing arts, with an area of 6,6 hectares and located on Manhattan, you are going to need some damn good bait. In our case we used home-made beer and the result was 5 prime specimens from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in the net which we are happy to exhibit for you all in Copenhagen this evening.
With them will be no less than the artistic director of the society, Wu Han. Because when she is not directing, she plays the piano like the star she is.
This time she plays with Alessio Bax in Schubert's not too often performed 'Lebenstürme' for piano four hands. This piece leans itself towards the darker and more passionate characters and is so rousing that you would almost wish you could play the piano.
Alessio remains on stage for the next piece. Because when we, as a string quartet, get the chance to play with a pianist, we take it. And chances are that we are going to suggest one of our favorite pieces, the piano quintet by Shostakovich.
Shostakovich starts the quintet uncompromising and with a sense of seriousness and weight, that will be a constant element throughout the piece. The last movement tries to lighten the spirit somewhat, but you are none the less left with an uncomfortable feeling like the feeling after a inappropriate comment at a dinner party. Simply quite unpleasant.
The evening ends with an evergreen: Dvorak's piano quartet in Eb-major. One of the most classic pieces and it has everything that you want it to have (and even more): the heroic opening, a grandios end, a joking scherzo and a heartbreaker of a second movement with a cello solo. The cellist, by the way, is Jakob Koranyi and apart from being a friend from school, he is closing in on legendary status after playing and surviving a concert in last year's DSQFestival. The programme was a one hour long hazardous journey through the first three of Bach's sonatas. He did it with grace and power worthy of a medal.

Fredrik Sjölin

CALENDAR


October 7h 2016
6:30 pm
DOORS OPEN
7:30 pm
MAIN EVENT
Lawrence Power, viola // Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano // Danish String Quartet
Venue: Royal Academy of Music Concerthall

Opening with the Danish String Quartet // Mark-Anthony Turnage: Powerplay (2014) // Beethoven: String Quartet in c minor op. 18, no. 4 // - Intermission - // Mendelssohn: String Quintet in B flat major, op. 87

10:00 pm
JAM AND PARTY IN CARL NIELSEN FOYER
Lawrence Power, viola // Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano // Danish String Quartet
Venue: Carl Nielsen Foyer

Folk music and selected movements from Janacek's 'On an Overgrown Path'

January 26th 2017
6:30 PM
Doors open
7:30PM
MAIN EVENT
Artemis Quartet
Venue: Royal Academy of Music Concerthall

Beethoven: String Quartet op. 18 no. 3 in D major // Bartok: String Quartet no. 3 // - Intermission - // Schumann: String Quartet no. 3 in A major

March 23rd 2017
6:30 pm
DOORS OPEN
7:30 pm
MAIN EVENT
Chris Thile, mandolin
Venue: Royal Academy of Music Concert Hall

Music by Chris Thile, traditional folk music and maybe a tune or two by J.S. Bach

App. 9:30 pm
JAM SESSION
Venue: Carl Nielsen Foyer

Folk music jam. Bring your instrument if you wanna join!

May 4th 2017
6:30pm
Doors open
7:30pm
MAIN EVENT
Ben Beilman, violin // Yura Lee, violin and viola // Jakob Koranyi, cello // Wu Han, piano // Allesion Bax, piano // Danish String Quartet
Venue: Royal Academy of Music Concerthall

Schubert: 'Lebensstürme' D947 for piano four hands // Shostakovitch: Piano Quintet // - Intermission - // Dvorak: Piano Quartet in E flat major, op. 87

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CONTACT

Producer: Marlene Dröge Nielsen. Tlf.:+45 28 55 05 51, email: marlenedn@gmail.com // seriesoffour@gmail.com

TIMINGS

Doors to the foyer area opens 6:30 pm. Main event starts 7:30 pm, and after that we party until the house closes around 11 pm.

ADDRESS / HOW TO GET THERE

Address: Julius Thomsens Gade 1, 1970 Frederiksberg // How to get there: Forum Metro station. Bus lines 2A, 3A, 68 and 250S. If you arrive by car, there's parking available right outside the concert hall.

BAR / WARDROBE

The bar will be open from 6:30 pm and will be selling Series of Four home brew from Frederiksberg Bryghus, regular lagers, sodas and coffee, tea and snacks. You can pay with a credit card, but remember cash for the wardrobe. Please note that no outerwear and food/drinks are allowed in the concert hall.