January events

Start off your New Year with these chamber music events

The Aeolus Quartet with guest cellist, Peter Wiley
Rachel Kitagawa Shapiro, Alan Richardson, Caitlin Lynch, Nicholas Tavani
Peter Wiley

7:30PM — Friday, January 25
The WCR Center for the Arts
140 N. Fifth St., Reading 19601

Ben Johnston: Amazing Grace
Haydn: Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No. 1

Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956

This year we celebrate the tenth appearance of the Aeolus Quartet on our series. Since its inception at the Cleveland Institute of Music the Aeolus Quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States: Grand Prizewinner of the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and 2011 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition; First Prize at the 2009 Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, and Silver Medal at the 2011 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, among others. The quartet is the recipient of a CMA Residency Partnership Grant and was named the 2015-2016 Guarneri Quartet Residency in recognition of its artistic achievement. Dedicated to bringing music into the community, the Aeolus Quartet has been widely recognized for their highly innovative and engaging outreach programs.

Cellist Peter Wiley enjoys a prolific career as a performer and teacher. He attended the Curtis Institute at just 13 years of age, under the tutelage of David Soyer. From 1987 through 1998, Mr. Wiley was cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio, with which he performed over a thousand concerts, including appearances with many of the world’s greatest orchestras. He succeeded his mentor, David Soyer, as cellist of the Guarneri Quartet from 2001 until the quartet retired from the concert stage in 2009. A much sought-after teacher, Mr. Wiley is currently on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

The January 20 brunch has been rescheduled!

February 10, 2019


Oliver Herbert, cello and Xiaohui Yang, piano


Cellist Oliver Herbert, from San Francisco, is quickly building a reputation as an artist with a distinct voice and individual style. Performing a wide range of repertoire, Oliver’s recent solo and recital appearances include debuts with the San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony SoundBox, and the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago, among others. 

Oliver has worked with renowned conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Juanjo Mena, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. As a chamber musician, Oliver has performed with some of the leading musicians of our time including Shmuel Ashkenasi, Franklin Cohen, Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Nobuko Imai, and Meng-Chieh Liu.​

In addition, Oliver frequently collaborates with pianist Xiaohui Yang as a recital duo, as he will at our brunch. 

This season, they will perform on tour in both the United States and Greece.

For more information or to make your reservation, call 610.698.8465