Events


Nicholas Tavani, Caitlin Lynch, Rachel Shapiro, Alan Richardson

Local favorite Aeolus Quartet in concert!

Friday, April 27, 2018 — 7:30 PM
The WCR Center for the Arts
140 N. Fifth St, Reading 19601

Program:
Haydn: Quartet in F Major, Op. 74, No. 2
Charles Ives: String Quartet No. 2
Beethoven: Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131

Join us for the ninth appearance of the Aeolus Quartet on our series. Highlights from its 2017-2018 season include a residency with Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, multiple appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, and a recital on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series. This dynamic quartet includes Wyomissing native Rachel Kitagawa Shapiro on violin, and our audience will meet new violist Caitlin Lynch at this concert. 


 

Sundays at Stirling dinner features
Simon Mulligan.

Photography: Don Ashby

Join us Sunday, April 22, for our final Sundays-at Stirling event of the season.

5:30pm Wine and hors d’oeuvres
6:00pm Four-course dinner and piano recital. 

Program:
Mozart – Sonata in A major, ‘alla turca’, K331
Debussy – Clair de Lune
Chopin – Andante Spianato e Grande Polonaise
Bernstein, arr. Mulligan – Selections from West Side Story

Dessert reception with Mr. Mulligan follows the recital.


 

The Tempest Trio

Coming Soon to the WCR Center:

The Tempest Trio

Ilya Kaler, violin
Amit Peled, cello
Alon Goldstein, piano

Friday, April 13, 2018 — 7:30PM
The WCR Center for the Arts
140 N. Fifth St., Reading 19601

Program:
Bernstein: Trio 
Stutschewsky: Hassidic Fantasy
Mendelssohn: Trio no. 1 in d minor, Op. 49

We’re excited to present the Tempest Trio for its third appearance on our series. Combining technical mastery, expressive depth, and performance experience, pianist Alon Goldstein, violinist Ilya Kaler, and cellist Amit Peled have joined forces to form one of the most exciting trios on the international scene. Each virtuoso member of the ensemble has a successful solo career and together they bring vitality to the concert stage with their dynamic musical interplay and collaborative spirit.


 

Sunday  Brunch at Stirling
March 11, 12:30PM

Héloïse Carlean-Jones, harp and Emma Resmini, flute


Prepare to be captivated by these two rising stars from the Curtis Institute of Music. Their program will include works by JS Bach, CPE Bach, Gabriel Faure, and Nielsen. 

 

Our final dinner event will be April 22, 2018, featuring Simon Mulligan, piano.

For more information or to make your reservation, call 610.698.8465

 

 

Cooperstown String Quartet

Our next concert:

7:30PM — Friday, March 2, 2018
WCR Center for the Arts
140 N. Fifth St, Reading

Members of the Cooperstown Quartet:
Hye-Jin Kim, violin
Ara Gregorian, viola
Michael Kannen, cello

Program: 
Beethoven: String Trio, Op. 9, No. 1
Ernö Dohnányi: Serenade, No. 10
Mozart: Divertimento in E-flat Major, K. 563

We are very excited to present this Trio for the first time on our series. The musicians have played in some of the most respected chamber ensembles performing today. They are all veteran teachers as well as performers, and will present an afternoon outreach program for students at Wilson High School.

This concert is free and open to the public.
Parking is available at the Trinity Lutheran lot. Enter on Fifth St.


 

Sundays at Stirling 2018

Join us at the Stirling Guest House for gourmet brunch followed by a chamber music recital. 

February 18:
Joshua Halpern, cello and Hanchien Lee, piano
Program:
Webern: Drei Kleine Stücke, Op. 11
Schumann: Adagio & Allegro, Op. 70
Barber: Cello Sonata, Op. 6
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2
 

 


March 11: Héloïse Carlean-Jones, harp and Emma Resmini, flute
Reservations are $75, and include brunch and the concert.

Our final dinner event will be April 22, 2018, featuring Simon Mulligan, piano.

For more information or to make your reservation, call 610.698.8465

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Jessica Thompson, viola, Thomas Kraines, cello, Matilda Kaul, violin, Min-Young Kim, violin

Daedalus Quartet

February 9, 2018
7:30PM

The WCR Center for the Arts
140 N. Fifth St.
Reading 19601

Program:
Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 50
Fred Lerdahl: Chaconne (2016)
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127

We welcome back the Daedalus Quartet for the third appearance on our series. The Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. The ensemble has impressed critics and listeners alike with the security, technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances.

http://daedalusquartet.com

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Dolce Suono Trio

Artists:
Mimi Stillman, flute
Gabriel Cabezas, cello
Charles Abramovic, piano

Friday evening, January 19, 2018 – 7:30 PM
The WCR Center for the Arts, 140 N. Fifth St., Reading

Program:

Philippe Gaubert: Three Watercolors
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio #1 in D Minor
Danielpour: Remembering Neda
Zhou: Viaje
Bernstein: Songs from “West Side Story”

As we begin the new year, we are excited to present Dolce Suono Trio for its first appearance on our series. Dolce Suono Trio, “one of the most dynamic groups in the US” (The Huffington Post), is comprised of internationally acclaimed artists Mimi Stillman, flutist, founder and artistic director of Dolce Suono Ensemble, soloist, and Yamaha Performing Artist, Charles Abramovic, pianist, Professor of Keyboard Studies at Temple University, and cellist Gabriel Cabezas, soloist and member of yMusic. All graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music, the trio formed to explore and expand the repertoire of this captivating combination of flute, cello, and piano. “The three were flawlessly in sync – even their trills!” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

For more information, visit dolcesuono.com

This performance is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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News

 

From Susan Pena’s review of our evening of String Trios performed by members of the Cooperstown Quartet:

“Hungarian composer Erno Dohnanyi’s five-movement Serenade for String Trio, No. 10, from 1902, is impossible not to love, and the Cooperstown performance was exemplary in every way, particularly in the exquisite fourth movement.”

The entire review is available here: Cooperstown Quartet hits home run in Reading


 

We’re honored to have two of our concerts included in the Reading Eagle’s collection of exceptional performances of 2017! The Aletheia Piano Trio, which opened this season in October, made the top 10 and the Brentano String Quartet was given an honorable mention for their appearance last spring. See the entire list here: Reading Eagle’s Top 10 Performances of 2017

“Violinist Francesca dePasquale was on this list last year; this year her trio, with cellist Juliette Herlin and pianist Fei-Fei Dong, was equally impressive. Their program of Mozart, Schubert, Shostakovich and Brahms was performed with complete mastery and unequalled passion.”

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