Callisto Ensemble

Michael Darnton
Artist / Program Description: 
Founded in 2003, the Callisto Ensemble erases boundaries between antique and modern music. Ensemble members Stefan Hersh and Robert Waters (violin), Roger Chase (viola), and Julian Hersh (cello) bring contemporary music to life alongside passionate performances of standard masterpieces. The Callisto Ensemble gives audiences a unique window to the language of modern composers through season-long surveys of living composers' works and the provocative juxtaposition of old and new. The Ensemble promotes the creation and dissemination of new works through commissions, world premier performances, and premiere recordings.

The Callisto Ensemble is also committed to growing and educating a new generation of listeners. Through its Callisto for Kids program, the ensemble presents inner-city educational concerts that introduce young people to the languages of classical music and provoke students to think about what music and the arts can mean in their lives.

The artists leverage their collective vision to craft performances that are accessible, fresh, and relevant to modern audiences. These musicians share a deep commitment both to rigorous integrity as instrumentalists and to faithful adherence to the composers' intentions.
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