Sundays at Stirling

Our final Sundays-at Stirling
event of the season April 28, 2019

Treat yourself to wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a gourmet four-course dinner followed by an intimate recital by pianist Wei Luo, student at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music. Included on the program will be works by Mozart, Schubert and Chopin.

5:30pm Wine and hors d’oeuvres
6:00pm Four-course dinner and intimate concert presentation.

Dessert reception with Ms. Luo follows the recital.

For more information or to make your reservation, call 619.698.8465.

To read more about Ms. Luo, visit

Clarosa Piano Quartet: Juliette Kang, violin; Clancy Newman, cello; Natalie Zhu, piano; Che-Hung Chen, viola

Please join us in welcoming The Clarosa Piano Quartet to our stage!
Sunday, March 31–3:00PM
The WCR Center for the Arts
140 N. Fifth St, Reading 19601

Carl Schimmel: Piano Quartet “Vasilissa the Invincible”
Fauré: Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 15
Dvořák: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87 

The Clarosa Quartet was founded in 2013 by four Philadelphia-based musicians with a passion for exploring the chamber music repertoire, particularly that of the piano quartet. The ensemble’s first performance at the Hill at Whitemarsh was hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a splendid debut”. Highlights this season included a successful debut at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, return engagements at Whitemarsh and The Brooklyn Library, as well as many other venues in the greater Philadelphia region. This summer they will be returning to the Kingston Chamber Music Festival in Rhode Island, as well as making their debut at the Luzerne Music Center in upstate NY.
All graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music, the members of the Clarosa pursue busy and varied careers as ensemble musicians, soloists, and teachers.

No admission fee; parking is available at the Abraham Lincoln garage

Calling all Baroque lovers!

Join us Friday, March 15 — 7:30PM
for the Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players presenting
A Tale of Two Italian Cities:
Chamber music from Venice and Naples
The WCR Center for the Arts
140 N. Fifth St., Reading 19601

We are so excited to welcome members of Tempesta di Mare to our stage! Tempesta performs baroque music on baroque instruments with a repertoire that ranges from staged opera to chamber music.

For more information, visit

This concert is presented in memory of Jake Krumholz,
and is sponsored by grants from the William Davidson Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

No admission charged; parking is available in the Trinity Lutheran lot.

We have a few seats remaining for brunch on March 3. Jordan Dodson, described by Performance Today as “one of the top young guitarists of his generation,” will perform a varied program of works for classical guitar.

Tickets are $75/person and include Stirling’s sumptuous buffet brunch, beverages and the recital. Call 610.698.8465 to make your reservation!

The New Trio returns to Reading!

Andrew Wan, violin; Julio Elizalde, piano; Patrick Jee, cello

Friday, February 15, 2019; 7:30PM
The WCR Center for the Arts
140 N. Fifth St., Reading 19601

Joseph Suk: Elegie, Op. 23
Brahms: Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 66

We are thrilled to welcome back the New Trio to the WCR Center for the Arts for their third appearance in Reading. Formed in 2004 at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, the Trio has since gone on to win Grand Prizes at the 2008 Fischoff, 2007 Coleman, and 2007 Plowman Chamber Music Competitions in addition to being the recipient of the Harvard Musical Associations’ Arthur W. Foote Prize, given to the most promising ensemble of 2010.

Violinist Andrew Wan and pianist Julio Elizalde performed a spectacular recital for us at Stirling in 2017, and just last weekend Julio appeared with the Reading Symphony for a mesmerizing performance of Beethoven’s third Piano Concerto. We eagerly anticipate their return as a Trio to the intimate setting of the WCR Center.

Admission is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Trinity Lutheran lot.


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

Coming up in December: A Glorious Abundance!

The Stirling season begins on Sunday, December 9 with the Holiday Vocal Gala

5:30 p.m. — Wine & hors d’oeuvres
6:00 p.m. — Four-course gourmet dinner and virtuosic concert presentation featuring students from the Opera Theater program at the Curtis Institute of Music: 

  • Colin Aikins, from Pittsburgh, Pa., is a student of Marlena Kleinman Malas and entered Curtis in 2018.
  • Merissa Beddows, from Yonkers, N.Y., is a student of Marlena Kleinman Malas and entered Curtis in 2018.
  • Adam Kiss, from Cresskill, N.J., is a student of Maitland Peters and entered Curtis in 2016.
  • Reese Revak, staff accompanist

Dessert reception with guest artists follows.
For more information, or to make your reservation, call 610.698.8465

Merz Trio 

7:30PM — Friday, December 14
The WCR Center for the Arts
140 N. Fifth St., Reading 19601

Lee Dionne, Julia Yang, Brigid Coleridge

Beethoven: Trio No. 6 in E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2
Charlotte Bray: “Those Secret Eyes”
Schumann: Six Studies in Canonic Form, Op. 56, arr. by Theodor Kirchner
Brahms: Trio No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 101

We welcome the Merz Trio for their first performance in Reading. Merz Trio’s players have been hailed as “impressive” (NYTimes), “impeccable” (Fanfare Magazine), and praised for “a sense of joyful virtuosity” (South Florida Classical Review). Formed in 2017 by pianist Lee Dionne, violinist Brigid Coleridge, and cellist Julia Yang, The Merz Trio has quickly emerged as a unique and award-winning ensemble, garnering the First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2018 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition. Highlights of their 2018-2019 season include performances in New York, Boston, and Chicago, a feature on London’s BBC Radio 3 and two residencies at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh, UK. The Trio is currently based out of New York City and is the Graduate Piano Trio in Residence at New England Conservatory (2018-2020).

This concert is sponsored in part by the Arthur Judson Foundation.


The Dalí Quartet returns November 9!

7:30 PM, Friday, November 9
The WCR Center for the Arts
140 N. Fifth St., Reading 19601

Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga: Quartet No. 3 in E-flat Major (1823)
Alberto Ginastera: Quartet No. 1, Op. 20 (1948)
Mendelssohn: Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, Op. 80

We are thrilled to welcome back the Dalí Quartet, with its signature mix of Latin American, Classical and Romantic repertoire. The quartet’s passionate energy is poured into everything it does, generating critical and audience acclaim for its Classical Roots, Latin Soul. Its tours include appearances for distinguished chamber music and cultural center series in the U.S., Canada and South America.




Best in Berks!

We’re honored to have two of our events included in Susan Pena’s collection of exceptional performances of 2018 in the Reading Eagle.  January’s Dolce Suono Trio concert opened the list and the Merz Trio’s appearance last month closed it out. See the entire list here: Reading Eagle: The Year in Local Music and Dance.

Dolce Suono Trio, presented Jan. 19 by the Friends of Chamber Music of Reading. Their name means sweet sound, and few ensembles have a sweeter one than flutist Mimi Stillman, pianist Charles Abramovic and cellist Gabriel Cabezas. But the program’s bittersweet center gave it meaning beyond that delicious sound with Richard Danielpour’s dark, grief-stricken “Remembering Neda,” written in 2009 to commemorate the tragic death of the young Iranian woman, Neda Agha-Soltan, in a protest against oppression that year.

The Merz Trio, presented Dec. 14 by the Friends of Chamber Music of Reading. Violinist Brigid Coleridge, pianist Lee Dionne and cellist Julia Yang demonstrated how to make chamber music come alive in the same way actors light up the stage, in a brilliant program of pieces by Schumann, Charlotte Bray and Brahms tied into Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy, “Macbeth,” and a performance of Beethoven’s Trio No. 6 that was the essence of joy.



Make your Stirling Reservations today!

Invitations for the 2018-19 Stirling season have been mailed out. We have a fabulous line-up of artists guaranteed to be the highlight of your weekend. 

December 9, 2018 – Dinner: Holiday Vocal Gala

January 20, 2019 – Brunch: Oliver Herbert, cello and XiaoHui Yang, piano

March 3, 2019 – Brunch: Jordan Dodson, guitar

April 28, 2019 – Dinner: Wei Luo, piano

If you aren’t on our mailing list, contact us at to receive invitation and RSVP form, or call 610.698.8465 to make your reservation by phone.


A fabulous day with the McDonald-Cho-Rosen Trio!

Afternoon outreach at Reading High School






According to Susan Pena, Reading Eagle, “This concert was as close to perfect as you could have…” Read the full review here.

And — congratulations to Gary and Lucinda Matthew, winners of the $500 Gift Certificate to The Goldsmiths Fine Jewelry Store LTD.

Thank you to all our generous Patrons!



The 2018-19 Brochures are out — did you get yours?

New this season: in recognition of your efforts to Polish the Jewel of the FOCM, donations will be gratefully acknowledged in our Bravo program in these gift levels:

  • Benjamin F. Souders Society……$2,500 and above
  • Diamond………………………………… $1,000-$2,499
  • Emerald…………………………………. $500-$999
  • Sapphire………………………………… $250-$499
  • Ruby……………………………………… $125-249
  • Amethyst……………………………….. up to $124

And make your donations early! Everyone whose contribution is received online or postmarked by October 5 (one week before our first concert), will automatically be entered in a drawing to receive a $500 Gift Certificate from The Goldsmiths Fine Jewelry Store LTD!


We are thrilled to announce our 2018-2019 Season! Once again we present eight world class chamber ensembles, performing in the historic WCR Center for the Arts in Reading. You will see several of our favorite artists return, as well as a variety of new and exciting groups. Plan to attend them all!

The McDonald-Cho-Rosen Trio Friday, October 12, 2018, 7:30 PM

The Dalí Quartet Friday, November 9, 2018, 7:30 PM

Merz Trio Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:30 PM

The Aeolus Quartet Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:30 PM

The NEW Trio Friday, February 15, 2019, 7:30 PM

Tempesta di Mare Friday, March 15, 2019, 7:30 PM

The Clarosa Piano Quartet Sunday, March 31, 2019, 3:00 PM

The Brentano String Quartet Saturday, May 18, 2019, 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.