KALLOS CMS Announces Return to Live Concert for 2021-22 Season 'Back Together'
August 4, 2021
New Haven’s Kallos Chamber Music Series returns to the stage for in-person performances this fall following last season’s all-virtual programming. After being forced to cancel its spring 2020 concerts due to the coronavirus pandemic, the series presented four online performances in its 2020-2021 season. With these digital programs, Kallos sought to provide musical comfort for those sheltered at home as well as rare performance opportunities for its artists at a time when many performers were out of work. Now entering its fourth season, Kallos has crafted in-person programs that it hopes will uplift listeners, help them heal, and inspire reflection on the historic events of the last 18 months.
Kallos has five concerts planned for its 2021-2022 season: “When Beauty Triumphs” kicks off the season on September 14th; “Tell Me A Story” explores narrative music on November 3rd; “Cracks in the Glass Ceiling” spotlights music by female composers on January 19th; “Songs Without Words” celebrates the unique communication tools of instrumental music on March 8th; and “Passions and Pathos” brings the season to an ultra-expressive close on May 24th. This season also marks the beginning of Kallos’ new performance residency at the New Haven Lawn Club, which will host the concerts in November, January and March.
This season’s opening night is set for Tuesday, September 14th at 7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church of New Haven. Making their Kallos debut, the award-winning Ulysses String Quartet will join Kallos Artistic Director and pianist Min Young Kang for a program of music born out of struggle and hardship, including a 2020 work by Jesse Montgomery written during the COVID-19 lockdown. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at https://www.kalloscms.org/.
Founded in January 2019, the Kallos Chamber Music Series aims to cultivate a welcoming community of classical music lovers around an intimate, salon-style concert experience. Inspired by the salon gatherings in pursuit of knowledge and fellowship that flourished in 17th- and 18th
century Europe, Kallos’ mission is to bridge the gap between audiences and performers by creating a conversational chamber music setting, bringing audiences face-to-face with the communicative power of music.
Kallos Chamber Music Series, a small arts nonprofit organization, has Fractured Atlas as their non-profit fiscal sponsor. Link to Kallos’s Fractered Atlas Page:
About the Musicians
“The Ulysses Quartet projects that avid enthusiasm we critics immediately fall for”
— San Diego Story
The Ulysses String Quartet has been praised for their “textural versatility,” “grave beauty” and “the kind of chemistry many quartets long for, but rarely achieve” (The Strad), as well as their “avid enthusiasm ... [with] chops to back up their passion” (San Diego Story), “delivered with a blend of exuberance and polished artistry” (The Buffalo News).
Founded in the summer of 2015, the group won the grand prize and gold medal in the senior string division of the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and first prize in the 2018 Schoenfeld International String Competition. In 2017, the quartet finished first in the American Prize and won second prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. They were winners of the Vietnam International Music Competition in 2019, and recipients of a Salon de Virtuosi 2021 Career Grant. From 2017 to 2019, Ulysses was in residence at the Louis Moreau Institute in New Orleans, working with composer Morris Rosenzweig.
In fall 2019, the Ulysses Quartet were named as Lisa Arnold Fellows of the Juilliard School, an appointment that has been extended through May 2022.
Min Young Kang, piano
“An Absolute Gem”
- Montecito Journal
Korean-born pianist Min Young Kang enjoys a versatile career as a chamber musician, collaborative pianist, and music director. For the past ten years, Min Young has performed in concerts and recitals throughout the United States, France, and South Korea, at venues that include Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Château de Fontainebleau, and the Sejong Center M Theater. A prize winner at both the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition and Artur Balsam Duo Competition, Kang has also been recognized with numerous awards and scholarships, including the Talisman Energy Emerging Artist Award, Kraeuter Musical Foundation Award, Prix special du Directeur and Prix de Musique de chambre from Ecoles D’Art Americaines de Fontainbleau, the Renee and Richard Hawley Scholarship and the Manhattan School of Music’s President’s Award Scholarship.
Min Young will be releasing her first record “The Russian Album” with PENTATONE with Spanish Violist Jesus Rodolfo in Oct 2021.The album includes works for viola and piano by Stravinsky, Rachmaninov, and Prokofiev. She is a Founder/Artistic Director of Kallos Chamber Music Series.