In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have canceled all Friends of Chamber Music and Sundays at Stirling events through the end of April, including

  • The Cooperstown Quartet (March 13)
  • Sundays at String Brunch: AYA Trio (March 29)
  • The Aeolus Quartet (April 3)
  • The Apollo Trio (April 24)
  • Sundays at Stirling Dinner: Timothy McDevitt (April 26)

For Stirling refunds, please contact Shari Gleason-Mayrhofer at 610.698.8465 or email

Cooperstown String Quartet

The Cooperstown String Quartet

Ara Gregorian, violin
Hye-Jin Kim, violin
Maria Lambros, viola
Michael Kannen, cello

The WCR Center for the Arts
140 N. Fifth St., Reading 19610
Friday, March 13, 2020–7:30PM

Beethoven, Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
Beethoven, Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130

The Cooperstown Quartet is a supergroup of some of chamber music’s most accomplished performers. Making names for themselves in some of the finest chamber groups working today, violinists Ara Gregorian and Hye-Jin Kim, violist Maria Lambros and cellist Michael Kannen have played concert halls and festivals from Austria to Australia. Music is their passion, whether it be teaching it solo or playing it together.

No admission fee charged.
Parking is available at the Trinity Lutheran lot.

Sundays at Stirling

Join us for our final brunch of the season, featuring
The AYA Piano Trio
Ying Li, piano
Angela Sing Yin Chan, violin
Andres Sanchez, cello

Sunday, March 29, 2020–12:30PM

In collaboration with Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, we are proud to present the AYA Trio for a brunch and music event at Reading’s gorgeous historic Stirling Guest Hotel. Along with a gourmet meal, the intimate mansion of Reading local legend and patroness of the arts Gertrude Sternbergh will be the backdrop for an afternoon of impeccable chamber music. These three rising musicians are guaranteed to bring the finest classical repertoire to one of Reading’s finest landmarks.
For more information about this engaging young trio, visit

All reservations include meal, concert and reception. For more information and reservations call 610-698-8465 or email

The Tesla Quartet with Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
A Concert in Memory of Jake Krumholz

Ross Snyder, violin       Michelle Lie, violin
Edwin Kaplan, viola     Serafim Smigelskiy, cello
Guest artist: Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet

Friday, February 21, 2020 – 7:30 PM
The WCR Center for the Arts
140 N. Fifth St, Reading 19601

Finzi: Five Bagatelles for Clarinet and String Quartet, Op. 23
Carolina Heredia: Ius in Bello (2014)
Dvorak: Four Selections from Cypresses
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581

Praised for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style or technical demand” (The International Review of Music), the Tesla Quartet brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. Dubbed “technically superb” by The Strad, the Tesla Quartetrecently took Second Prize as well as the Haydn Prize and Canadian Commission Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition. The quartet has also garnered top prizes at numerous other international competitions, including the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the 6th International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna, and the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition.
Read more about the Tesla Quartet at

This concert is sponsored in part by a gift from the Krumholz and Siebert families, and a grant from the William Davidson Foundation.

Our first Stirling event of the New Year —
January 26, 2020: Brunch

Sparkling wine and beverages begin the afternoon, followed by a gourmet buffet brunch. Following the meal, Tianxu An, piano student at The Curtis Institute of Music, will present a recital featuring works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

Tianxu An, from Beijing, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2015 and studies piano with Meng-Chieh Liu. Mr. An’s recent competition awards include fourth prize in the XVI International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in 2019, and winner of the senior division of the Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition in 2018. He attended the Morningside Music Bridge program in 2017 and 2018, and the Sejong Music Festival in 2013 and 2014. He began piano lessons at age five and previously studied with Hua Chang of the Central Music Conservatory in Beijing.

Call 610.698.8465 to make your reservation today!

Our Next Concert:

Students and Faculty of the Bard Conservatory of Music
Friday, November 22, 2019 – 7:30 PM

Martinů: Five Short Pieces for Piano Trio
Frank Bridge: Phantasy Piano Quartet in F-sharp Minor
Smetana: Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 15

This season’s concert marks the seventh appearance of a Bard Conservatory ensemble in Reading.  The association of the Friends of Chamber Music with Bard had its genesis at a 45th Haverford College reunion in 2006, when Tom Souders, Artistic Director of the Friends, renewed his friendship with classmate Robert Martin, Director of the newly-formed Bard Conservatory of Music and Vice-President for Academic Affairs of Bard College. 

These concerts have provided wonderful opportunities for a wider exploration of chamber music, and this season’s offerings continue that tradition.

As always, this concert is free and open to the public.
Parking is available in the Trinity Lutheran Lot.

The Aletheia Piano Trio
Francesca dePasquale, violin
Juliette Herlin, cello
Fei-Fei Dong, piano

Friday, September 20, 2019 – 7:30 PM

Beethoven: Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3
Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 11
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67

We are thrilled to welcome back the Aletheia Piano Trio to open the season. Comprised of violinist Francesca dePasquale, cellist Juliette Herlin, and pianist Fei-Fei Dong, the Aletheia Piano Trio is quickly rising to acclaim for its impassioned energy and musical integrity.

BRENTANO QUARTET – Misha Amory/ viola, Serena Canin/violin (glasses), Nina Lee/cello, Mark Steinberg/violin (glasses) www.

7:30PM Saturday, May 18, 2019
The WCR Center for the Arts
140 N. Fifth St., Reading 19601

Mendelssohn: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 44, No. 3
A Selection of Poems by Wallace Stevens
Beethoven: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132

We are so pleased to present our friends in the Brentano String Quartet once again to bring our 2018-19 season to a magnificent close. And those in attendance get the first look at what is in store for 2019-20.

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


Dear Friends,

It is the joy of the Friends of Chamber Music of Reading to offer a haven for musical artistry that lifts us beyond the cares of our daily lives. We had hoped to provide such transcendence at three concerts in March and April: the Cooperstown Quartet on March 13th, the Aeolus Quartet with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute on April 3, both at the WCR Center for the Arts; and with the AYA Trio of the Curtis Institute at Stirling on March 29th.

Alas, there are times when the cares of the world are too strong for us, and this seems to be one of those moments. The rapid spread of the novel Corona Virus 19 has made it incumbent on many institutions to do what they can to slow that spread, to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, and to give our health care system the time it needs to address this crisis and to care for all of us.

Out of concern for our musicians, our community, and our beloved audience members, and with considerable regret, we have decided to cancel those three concerts. We are especially regretful about Friday’s cancelation, since that all-Beethoven program was to have been a memorial tribute to Dr. William Lord, an esteemed Reading physician and loyal supporter of our series.

Those of you who purchased tickets for the Sunday at Stirling brunch/recital should contact Shari Gleason-Mayrhofer for a refund or raincheck.

We wish you well as we all rise to this challenge.
John R. Pankratz, Ph.D
President, Friends of Chamber Music of Reading.

We are thrilled to announce our 2019-2020 Season! This season, as we continue our custom of featuring eight world class chamber ensembles, we present SEVEN concerts, and end the season with the combined forces of the Daedalus and Brentano Quartets. All concerts are presented 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 Aletheia Trio
Friday, September 20, 7:30 PM
* Note: this is a change from the announcement at the May concert

The Bard Conservatory Ensemble
Friday, November 22, 2019, 7:30 PM

The Tesla Quartet with Alexander Fiterstein 
Friday, February 21, 2020, 7:30 PM

The Cooperstown Quartet
Friday, March 13, 2020, 7:30 PM

The Aeolus Quartet with Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano
Friday, April 3, 2020, 7:30 PM

The Apollo Trio 
Friday, April 24, 2020 7:30 PM

The Brentano and Daedalus Quartets
Saturday, May 23, 2020, 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.