CCMS Season Opener Features Anne-Marie Mcdermott, Axel Strauss
Fifteenth CCMS Season Begins September 21st
Concord, MA: The Concord Chamber Music Society opens its fifteenth season on Sunday, September 21st featuring pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and violinist Axel Strauss, joined by CCMS Director Wendy Putnam, violist Cathy Basrak and cellist Mihail Jojatu in a performance that includes Piano Sonatas in G Major and C Minor, Hob. XVI: 40 by Franz Joseph Haydn, the Sonata in A Minor for Two Violins by Eugène Ysaÿe and the Piano Quintet No.1 in C Minor, Op. 1 by Ernő Dohnányi.
Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott is a consummate artist who balances a versatile career as a soloist and collaborator. She performs over 100 concerts a year in a combination of solo recitals, concerti and chamber music. Her repertoire choices are eclectic, spanning from Bach and Haydn to Prokofiev and Scriabin to Kernis, Hartke, Tower and Wuorinen. Ms. McDermott was named an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 1995 and performs and tours extensively with CMS each season. She continues a long standing collaboration with the highly acclaimed violinist, Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg. As a duo, they have released a CD titled “Live” on the NSS label and plan to release the Complete Brahms Violin and Piano Sonatas in the future. Ms. McDermott is also a member of the renowned piano quartet, Opus One, with colleagues Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom and Peter Wiley. In addition to her many achievements, Anne-Marie McDermott has been named the Artistic Director of the famed Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado, which hosts the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony in addition to presenting over 40 chamber music concerts throughout the summer. She is also Artistic Director of two new Festivals; The Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival and The Avila Chamber Music Celebration in Curacao.
The first German artist to ever win the international Naumburg Violin Award in New York, Axel Strauss has been equally acclaimed for his virtuosity and his musical sensitivity. The Salt Lake Tribune praised his well-rounded artistry by saying, "Strauss quickly established that he is a virtuoso to be reckoned with ... His interpretive prowess was delightful." At the age of seventeen he won the silver medal at the Enescu Competition in Romania and has been recognized with many other awards, including top prizes in the Bach, Wieniawski and Kocian competitions. Mr. Strauss studied at the Music Academies of Lübeck and Rostock with Petru Munteanu. In 1996 he began working with the late Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School and became her teaching assistant in 1998. He has also worked with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Felix Galimir, and Ruggiero Ricci, and at the Marlboro Music Festival with Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida and Andras Schiff. Mr. Strauss has been residing in the United States since 1996. He maintains a busy performance schedule and serves as Professor of Violin at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal.
The performance on Sunday, September 21st begins at 3:00 p.m. and will take place at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street in Concord. Musicologist Steven Ledbetter will give a pre-concert lecture at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $42 and $33, with a $5 discount for seniors and students, and may be purchased online at www.concordchambermusic.org or by calling (978) 371-9667. The facility is handicapped accessible. Parking in Concord Center is available on Main Street, in the lot adjacent to the Concord Free Public Library and in municipal lots behind Middlesex Savings Bank and the Post Office. Concord Academy is a short walk from the Concord stop on the MBTA’s Fitchburg commuter rail line from North Station and Porter Square.
[September 14th, 2014]