St. Petersburg String Quartet with clarinetist Boris Allakhverdyan

photo of St. Petersburg String Quartet
St. Petersburg String Quartet
Photo of clarinetist Boris Allakhverdyan
Clarinetist Boris Allakhverdyan

We open with shining stars of the chamber music galaxy. Called “masters of subtlety and refinement” by the Los Angeles Times, this Grammy-nominated quartet is renowned also for its robust interpretations of Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky and the rousing folk tunes of their Russian homeland. It’s said no classical collection is complete without their recordings. Audiences from Toronto to Tokyo, from Lithuania to London and in music halls across the United States would agree. A clarinet soloist will also perform.


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Amacord, five-man a capella group from Germany

They last played our series in 2002, and are still singing Bach and the Beatles, Schubert and Billy Joel. The five former members of St. Thomas’s Boys Choir in Leipzig who make up AMARCORD have delighted concertgoers with their immaculate, a capella elegance. Their concerts have been described as “vocal magic,” “astonishing” and “world class.” Said one reviewer, famously, “They sing like angels and look like the Backstreet Boys. Well, maybe a little more clean cut.”

Green Bay Press Gazette: Civic Music to host European orchestra Feb. 10

Green Bay Press Gazette • January 24, 2010

“Brown County Civic Music Association expects its Feb. 10 concert will be a highlight of its season as it hosts an 87-piece orchestra from Europe along with an award-winning pianist.

The concert features the Philharmonia of the Nations and pianist Jon Nakamatsu, the most recent American winner of gold medal in the famed Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Civic Music has presented concerts by visiting classical artists since 1927.”

The full story is available on the Press-Gazette website:

Warren Gerds column: Sorting out the classical music laundry list

By Warren Gerds • January 31, 2010

Feb. 10: Brown County Civic Music Association will host a concert in Ralph Holter Auditorium of Green Bay West High School.
Made up of volunteers, the association has booked cultural attractions dating to 1927, usually five concerts a season. Members do not play in the concerts.

Performing Feb. 10 are the Philharmonia of the Nations and pianist Jon Nakamatsu. This is a big concert for Civic Music.

From Europe, Philharmonia of the Nations is made up of 87 players from 40 countries. Nakamatsu, an American, is a past winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition”

The full story is available on the Press-Gazette website:

Philharmonia of the Nations with pianist Jon Nakamatsu

Photo of Philharmonia of the Nations and conductor Justus Frantz
Philharmonia of the Nations and conductor Justus Frantz
photo of pianist Jon Nakamatsu
Pianist Jon Nakamatsu

Leonard Bernstein’s idea “Let’s make music as friends” was realized in 1995 when colleague Justus Frantz assembled a multicultural orchestra featuring star talent from 40 nations. Serbs and Slovenians, Syrians and Israelis, Chinese, French, Russians, Italians and others share a common language (music) in their recordings, tours and special appearances at the invitation of notables including the UN Secretary General and the Pope. Special guest Jon Nakamatsu, the most recent American winner of the Van Cliburn Competition, has been hailed by the New York Times for his “stunning” elegance, clarity and power.

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Philharmonia of the Nations

Green Bay Press Gazette: Pianist hits the ‘wow’ note

Nakamatsu takes difficult piece on thrilling coaster ride
Concert Review by Warren Gerds • Green Bay Press Gazette • February 12, 2010

Shining review from the Green Bay Press Gazette’s Warren Gerds:

“Wow. It’s rare that a winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition appears in Green Bay, so hearing one is … wow.

Jon Nakamatsu, an American who won the famed competition in 1997, has advanced to greater performance levels.

He took on reputedly one of the most difficult concertos in standard repertoire Tuesday night in a Brown County Civic Music Association series concert with the Philharmonia of the Nations in Ralph Holter Auditorium at Green Bay West High School.”

The full story is available on the Press-Gazette website:

Family membership devotee

In my financial position, this is an opportunity to expose my family to first-class live performance and expression of cultural diversity that we simply could not get through other means. The fact that my teenage son each year makes a choice about whether he wants to attend and that it continues to capture his attention speaks volumes about the quality of entertainment that we are seeing.