Don't miss the final concert of the Season! The Brentano String Quartet Mark Steinberg, violin Serena Canin, violin Misha Amory, viola Nina Maria Lee, cello 7:30 PM, Saturday, May 27, 2017 The WCR Center for the Arts 140 N. Fifth St., Reading 19601 Program Mozart: String Quartet No. 19, K. 465, “Dissonance” Stephen Hartke: The Fifth Book (2016) Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1 Once again, our friends in the Brentano String Quartet close out our season with a program that pairs favorites in the string quartet repertoire with music that stretches our experience. Since its inception in 1992, this fine ensemble has been praised for its elegance, technical brilliance, and musical insight. The Brentano Quartet has won numerous awards and appeared in major musical centers in North America and Europe. As they return for their 21st appearance in Reading, we give thanks for our continued relationship with this world-renowned Quartet. See more at brentanoquartet.com
The Olympus Piano TrioRegi Papa, violin Ben Capps, cello Konstantine Valianatos, piano Friday, April 21, 2017 – 7:30 P.M. The WCR Center for the Arts 140 N. Fifth St., Reading 19601 Program: Rachmaninoff: Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G Minor Dvořák: Trio in E Minor, Op. 90, “Dumky” Beethoven: Trio in D Major, Op.70 No.1 Hatzis: Odd World The Olympus Piano Trio comes from NYC to Reading for an evening featuring masterworks of the piano trio repertoire. The Olympus Piano Trio is hailed as “astounding . . . unbelievable magnitude of talent...unique in every sense” (Athens Estia), and praised for their “passionate commitment to every note...incredibly velvety tone...and unanimity of phrasing” (New York Concert Review). Formed at Juilliard in 2010 to celebrate a passion for chamber music as well as their shared Hellenic heritage, the Olympus Piano Trio has performed throughout Greece and the USA. The trio's debut CD features trios by Ravel, Hatzis & Mendelssohn. Don't miss this exciting journey of three monumental piano trios. This concert is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Trinity Lutheran lot.
Coming in April The Aeolus Quartet with guest artist Pedja Muzijevic, piano Friday Evening, April 7, 2017 – 7:30 P.M. The WCR Center for the Arts 140 N. Fifth St., Reading Program: Copland: Two Pieces for String Quartet Barber: String Quartet in B Minor, Op. 11 Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 The Aeolus Quartet appears for the eighth time on the stage of the WCR Center. Praised by the Baltimore Sun for combining “smoothly meshed technique with a sense of spontaneity and discovery,” the Aeolus Quartet is committed to presenting time-seasoned masterworks and new cutting-edge works to widely diverse audiences with equal freshness, dedication, and fervor. Since its inception in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States and performed across the globe with showings "worthy of a major-league quartet" (Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News). Luke Quinton of the Austin-American Statesman writes, “The Aeolus Quartet is a powerful and thoughtful group of young musicians who are plotting an ascending course…this vibrant group shows great promise.” Highlights from this past season include a residency with Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, a featured recital at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and touring in South Korea. The Aeolus Quartet completed their tenure as the Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School in 2015. Hailed by critics as a ‘thinking’ musician with engaging stage presence and a gratifying combination of virtuosity and eloquence, pianist Pedja Muzijevic has defined his career with creative programming, unusual combinations of new and old music, and lasting collaborations with other artists and ensembles. Highlights of his 2015/16 season included solo recital for Washington Performing Arts at Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington, DC, performances of Schumann and Kurtag concertos with Santa Rosa Symphony and Bruno Ferrandis and Bach Concerto with Orlando Philharmonic conducted by Eric Jacobsen, returns to Stanford Live, Spoleto Festival USA, Toronto Summer Music, Banff Centre and 92nd Street Y in New York, as well his debut at Salle Bourgie in Montreal.
We welcome the Apollo Trio in February! Artists: Curtis Macomber, violin Sophie Shao, cello Marija Stroke, piano Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 7:30 PM WCR Center for the Arts 140 N. Fifth St., Reading Program: Haydn: Trio in F-sharp Minor, Hob. XV26 Shostakovich: Trio in E Minor, op. 67 Brahms: Trio in C Major, op. 87 The Apollo Trio formed in 1997 after playing together in the Soirées des Junies Music Festival in Southern France, and has performed to critical acclaim in the United States and in Europe. In addition to frequent appearances at American music festivals – from the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York to Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon, and on chamber music series throughout the United States – the trio has also performed at prominent New York venues, including Caramoor, Bargemusic, Avery Fisher Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The Apollo Trio was featured in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s “Great Day in New York” Festival at Alice Tully Hall (2001), and among their performances there also gave the New York premiere of David Schiff’s New York Nocturnes (2003) and the world premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s Wind Across the Sky (2007) for piano trio and soprano. The Apollo Trio made its Kennedy Center debut in 2009. In 2011, David Schiff’s Borscht Belt Follies —written for the Apollo Trio, David Krakauer, Dave Taylor and Michael Sarin—was given its world premiere at Chamber Music Northwest Encore Series. The Apollo Trio has recorded music by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Adolphe and Schiff and, most recently, the complete Dvorak Piano Trios. This is their eighth performance at the WCR Center. For more information, visit apollotrio.com
Our next concert: David Kim and Friends A concert in memory of Jake Krumholz Artists: David Kim, violin Ricardo Morales, clarinet Priscilla Lee, cello Jeffrey DeVault, piano Sunday afternoon, January 15, 2017, 3:00 PM The WCR Center for the Arts, 140 N. Fifth St., Reading Program: Ridout: Ferdinand the Bull, for speaker and violin Prokofiev: Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 94a Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114 Concertmaster David Kim of the Philadelphia Orchestra returns for his third appearance on our series. The program includes the whimsical tale of Ferdinand the Bull (with cellist Priscilla Lee taking on the role of narrator!), the second Violin Sonata of Prokofiev, and Brahms' sublime Clarinet Trio. This afternoon of music is guaranteed to ward off any winter doldrums! This concert is sponsored in part by a grant from the William Davidson Foundation.
Remembering Jacob KrumholzThe Friends of ChamberMusic Reading was awarded a generous grant last year by the prestigious William Davidson Foundation in memory of Jacob Krumholz. Jake died in the fall of 2015. When his widow Arlene was asked how the foundation might honor Jake's memory, she suggested a donation to FOCM. Krumholz and Davidson were among four lifelong college friends from the University of Michigan. Jake was a man larger than life with a twinkle in his eye and wonderful sense of humor. He always loved fixing and making things while growing up in Brooklyn New York. The first woodworking bench made in his youth is in his woodworking shop to this day. An early interest in music and clarinet lessons almost led him to study music at the Juilliard School. However, pragmatism ultimately led him to degrees in industrial engineering and business. He did not give up music; among his great thrills during college was participating in the University of Michigan's renowned marching band. Service in the military interrupted his schooling during World War II but eventually he moved to Reading to join his father in managing a lingerie factory. Several reincarnations found him next a retail merchant (in the heyday of the Reading outlets) and thereafter an award winning custom home-builder. This multifaceted man also took and developed wonderful photographs. There will be a photographic exhibition at the WCR for the duration of January 2017, of, by and about Jake. They reflect his great passions - his wife and children, music and the clarinet, and exquisite woodworking .
The Jasper String Quartet returns to Reading
Friday, November 4, 2016, 7:30PM The WCR Center for the Arts 140 N. Fifth St, Reading
Artists: J Freivogel, violin Sae Chonabayashi, violin Sam Quintal, viola Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello
Program: Mozart: String Quartet in D Major, K. 575 Bartók: String Quartet No. 6 Dvořák: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, "American"
Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, Philadelphia's Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians. Dedicated to musical education, the Jaspers participate in a wide range of outreach programs and have commissioned works from contemporary composers, including Andrew Norman, Nicholas Omiccioli and Conrad Tao.For more information, visit jasperquartet.com Our Next Concert:
Friday, October 21, 2016, 7:30 PM The WCR Center for the Arts
The David Trio Andrej Bielow, violin David Cohen, cello Claudio Trovajoli, piano
Program: Schubert: Notturno in E-flat, Op. 148 (D. 897) Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32 Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50
The David Trio, one of Europe’s most in-demand chamber ensembles, begins its first American tour in Reading, performing works by Schubert, Arensky and Tchaikovsky. The David Trio garnered both the First Prize and Audience Prize at the Eastern Shore (MD) Competition, and has performed worldwide in venues such as Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, and the Coliseum Theatre in Buenes Aires.
For more information, visit davidtrio.com
The Dalí Quartet opens our 64th Season! Artists: Domenic Salerni, violin Carlos Rubio, violin Adriana Linares, viola Jesús Morales, cello Friday, September 30, 2016, 7:30 PM The WCR Center for the Arts 140 N. Fifth St., Reading Program: Amaya: Angelica (2000) Turina: La Oración del Toro, Op. 34 Beethoven: String Quartet in G major, Op. 18, No. 2 Piazzolla: Four, for Tango Villa-Lobos: String Quartet No. 1 (1915) Schubert: Quartettsatz in C minor, D. 703 D’Rivera: Wapango Appearing for their first time in Reading, the Dalí Quartet promises to get the season off to an exciting start. This quartet is known for "Classical Roots, Latin Soul," and their program at the WCR will showcase this diversity. Read more about them and listen to their work at http://daliquartet.com. Plan to bring your friends to this energy-filled event. As always, the concert is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Trinity Lutheran lot; enter from N. Fifth St.
David Kim and Friends January 15, 2017
World-class musicians, an engaging program, and our warm and receptive audience: all the right ingredients for a lovely afternoon. Susan Pena wrote about the concert here: http://www.readingeagle.com/life/article/concert-review-clarinetist-cellist-pianist-team-well-with-kim.
"Kim has a special affinity for this particular series and venue, and the feeling was clearly mutual as the audience embraced the music he and his colleagues made."
Seats are available for our Sundays at Stirling events in 2017!
A gourmet brunch or dinner followed by an intimate chamber recital, surrounded by old world elegance in the Stirling Guest Hotel.
February 19, 2017 Sunday afternoon, 12:30 brunch Héloïse Carlean-Jones, harp and Zachary Mowitz, cello
March 5, 2017 Sunday afternoon, 12:30 brunch Andrew Wan, violin and Julio Elizalde, piano
April 2, 2017 Sunday evening, 5:30 dinner Timotheos Petrin, cello and Janice Carissa, piano
Complete information on our Stirling page. Call 610.698.8465 for reservations.
We are very grateful to have two of our concerts grace the Reading Eagle's compilation of "2016: The best in music and dance"
See the complete list here: http://www.readingeagle.com/life/article/susan-l-pena-takes-a-look-at-the-best-in-music-and-dance-in-2016
A review of the Jasper String Quartet Concert:
"...Jasper String Quartet brought music that fed the soul..." and " ...brought out the lyrical New World melodies with sheer, unadorned beauty of sound. They bathed the room in light."
Read Susan Pena's full review here: http://www.readingeagle.com/life/article/review-jasper-string-quartet-offers-stirring-evening-in-reading
Read about the upcoming David Trio concert in the Reading Eagle.
Praise for the Dali Quartet in our opening concert:
...players who combine beautifully crafted, songful phrases with tremendous skill with complex rhythms and extended techniques - and add zest and humor in many cases.
Read Susan Pena's full review here:
Read about the upcoming Dali Quartet concert in the Reading Eagle. http://www.readingeagle.com/life/article/dali-quartet-combines-latino-classical-sounds
We are thrilled to announce our 2016-2017 Season. We present eight concerts of world class chamber ensembles, performed in the historic WCR Center for the Arts in Reading. You will see many of our favorite artists return, as well as a variety of new and exciting groups. Plan to attend them all! The Dali Quartet Friday, September 30, 2016, 7:30 PM The David Trio Friday, October 21, 2016, 7:30 PM The Jasper Quartet Friday, November 4, 2016, 7:30 PM David Kim and Friends Sunday, January 15, 2017, 3:00 PM The Apollo Trio Friday, February 10, 2017, 7:30 PM The Aeolus Quartet with Pedja Muzijevic Friday, April 7, 2017, 7:30 PM The Olympus Trio Friday, April 21, 2017, 7:30 PM The Brentano Quartet Saturday, May 27, 2017, 7:30 PM All concerts take place at the WCR Center for the Arts, 140 N. Fifth Street in Reading, and are free and open to the public.