Chamber Music Season Opens on 9/21
Concord, MA: The Concord Chamber Music Society opens its fifteenth season on Sunday, September 21st when pianist Anne-Marie McDermott joins CCMS Director and violinist Wendy Putnam, violinist Axel Strauss, violist Cathy Basrak and cellist Mihail Jojatu in a performance that includes the Piano Sonata in G Major, Hob. XVI: 40 and Piano Sonata in C Minor, Hob. XVI: 20 both 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.
On November 30th Ms. Putnam again takes the stage with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra including Assistant Principal Clarinetist Thomas Martin, Principal Violist Steven Ansell, Assistant Concertmaster Alexander Velinzon, as well as cellist Michael Reynolds, a founding member of the famed Muir String Quartet. The program includes the Pastorale for Piano, Violin and Clarinet by David Gregory Mason, the Sonata for Violin and Piano, “Vineyard” by Andre Previn and the Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. There will be a brief preliminary performance by the students from Project Step, a program started in 1982 that provides access, instruments and training to talented minority music students.
On January 18, 2015 the CCMS welcomes the visionary and highly acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet to Concord for a performance of three works by Ludwig van Beethoven; String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, Grosse Fuge in B-flat Major, Op.133 and String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131. Lauded as “the rock stars of chamber music,” The Borromeo has been Ensemble-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory since 1992 and was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2007. Its members will lead a lecture-discussion regarding Beethoven’s expressive musical vocabulary called “Expressive Strokes” at 2:00 p.m. prior to the concert.
The 2014-2015 season will close on March 8th with violinists Julianne Lee and Wendy Putnam, violist Steven Ansell, cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau and cellist Michael Reynolds in a concert that will feature the Sonatina for Violin and Cello in E Minor, H. 80 by Arthur Honegger, the Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello in A Major, Op. 77b by Max Reger and the beloved String Quintet in C Major, D. 956 by Franz Schubert.
All concerts begin at 3:00 p.m. and take place at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street in Concord (MA) Center. For the September and March performances, Musicologist Steven Ledbetter will give pre-concert lectures beginning at 2:00 p.m. Special presentations will precede the other concerts as noted, also beginning at 2:00 pm. Tickets and season subscriptions may be purchased online at www.concordchambermusic.org or by calling (978) 371-9667. Tickets for individual concerts are $42 and $33 for adults, depending on proximity to the stage, with a $5 discount for students and seniors. 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 2nd, 2014]