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.



The 2018-19 Season Begins! 
The McDonald-Cho-Rosen Trio

This concert is generously sponsored by Thomas B. Souders, M.D.

Catherine Cho, violin

Marcy Rosen, cello
Robert McDonald, piano

Friday, October 12, 2018 – 7:30 PM
The WCR Center for the Arts
140 N. Fifth St., Reading 19601

Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Minor, No. 4, Op. 23
Ravel: Duo for Violin and Cello
Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 65

We invite you to join us as we open our season with the McDonald-Cho-Rosen Trio. 
Catherine Cho, violin, is a founding member of La Fenice and is on the faculty of the Juilliard School. An accomplished orchestral, chamber and solo musician, she has performed on prestigious stages around the world.
Marcy Rosen, cello, is well-known to our audience, having performed in Reading annually from 1987-2009 as a member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet. She is currently Professor of Cello at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, on the faculty at the Mannes College of Music, and Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Live concert series.
Robert McDonald, piano, tours extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. He serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Parking is available in the Trinity Lutheran parking lot; enter on N. 5th St.



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.