Combine world-class chamber music with the Gilded Age surrounds of Whitehall, and you have the recipe for a transcendental evening of entertainment. This year, the Flagler Museum Music Series (561-655-2833) boasts five performances from a coterie of established and burgeoning classical musicians:
Formed in 2009, the New Orford String Quartet (January 12) may be one of the youngest groups in the mix, but it’s also one of the most acclaimed, having garnered international praise for its 2011 debut album. The Vega String Quartet (January 26) is the quartet in residence at Emory University and has toured throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. Taking its name from a Gaelic word meaning “bright and radiant,” the Neave Trio (February 9) is not defined by strings alone, as pianist Toni James joins violinist Anna Williams and cellist Mikhail Veselov. From Gaelic to Czech, the Bennewitz Quartet (February 23) adopted its name in honor of violinist Antonin Bennewitz, a harrowing figure in the world of Czech classical music. The Meccore String Quartet (March 8) rounds out the series with its thrilling—and award-winning—take on the chamber music repertoire.