Chamber Music Society Of Palm Beach Concerts Spread To Boca This Season

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By: Dale King Contributing Writer

The Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach has announced its concerts for the 2017-2018 season will be held at venues throughout the county, including Boca Raton.

Organizers said this is the first time the series will go “on the road” to other PBC sites.  Locations this season will include the Boca Raton Museum of Art, The Breakers in Palm Beach and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and The Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach. The performances in Boca will be held in February and March.

“Music lovers throughout the region will have a chance to see and hear some of the most celebrated classical artists performing in the world today,” said Michael Finn, artistic and executive director.

“From this year’s Van Cliburn competition winner to the Tchaikovsky Gold winner from 2015 and Musical America’s 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year, this is, by far, our most spectacular season to date.”

The concert series starts in November. All shows will begin at 7 p.m., and are preceded by a 6 p.m. reception, unless otherwise noted.

The first is Nov. 28 at the Breakers, One South County Road, Palm Beach.  It will feature the Ehnes Quartet: James Ehnes, violin; Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin; Richard O’Neill, viola and Edward Arron, cello. The show will feature: Haydn: Quartet, Op. 76 #1, Dvořák: Cypresses, Beethoven: Quartet, Op. 59 #2.

Next performance is Dec. 7, featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra Brass Quintet, on Dec. 11 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 211 Trinity Place, West Palm Beach. Performers are: David Bilger, trumpet; Anthony Prisk, trumpet; Denise Tryon, horn; Nitzan Haroz, trombone and Carol Jantsch tuba. It will feature the music of Gabrielli, Ewald and Gershwin

The Escher String Quartet with Matthew Lipman (viola) and James Austin Smith (oboe) will perform Jan. 4 at the Breakers in Palm Beach. The program is all Mozart: The Hunt Quartet, # 17 K. 458, Oboe Quartet, K. 370, String Quintet, # 4 K. 516.

Next is the Young Artist Series – Danbi Um, Juho Pohjonen, and Karim Sulayman, Jan. 30 at Rosarian Academy, 807 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. It features: Danbi Um, violin; Juho Pohjonen, piano and Karim Sulayman, voice. Included is the music of Korngold, Schubert, Strauss, Rachmaninoff and Kreisler.

The first Boca concert is Feb. 19, featuring Jennifer Koh (violin) and Reiko Uchida (piano). It will be held at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. The program for the evening features Bach: Sonata No. 2, Berio: Sequenza, Beethoven Sonata #10.

The same two performers were present another concert the next night at the Breakers in Palm Beach. The program features: Janacek: Sonata, Beethoven: Sonata #10, Ravel: Sonata

The Miró Quartet is the featured act March 19 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Players are: Daniel Ching, violin; William Fedkenheuer, violin; John Largess, viola and Joshua Gindele, cello. The program includes: Haydn: Quartet, Op. 71 # 3, Puccini: Chrysanthemums, Schumann: Quartet, Op. 41 #1

The Miró Quartet will return the next night for a performance at the Breakers in Palm Beach. The programs include: Dvořák: Cypresses, Puts: Credo, Beethoven: Quartet, Op. 135

The Young Artist Series featuring Andrei Ioniţă (cello) and Yekwon Sunwoo (piano) continues April 12 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Palm Beach. Sunwoo is a Tchaikowsky Gold Medal Winner. They will present the music of Bach, Shostakovich and Locatelli/Stravinski.

A trio debut is planned April 25 at 6 p.m. at the Breakers, Palm Beach: Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Colin Carr, cello and Orion Weiss, piano. They will perform music by Ravel and Dvořák.

The series concludes with a Young Artist Series program featuring the Harlem Quartet, May 7 at 7 p.m. at Rosarian Academy. Players are Melissa White, violin; Jaime Amado, viola and Felix Unmansky, cello. The program includes: Debussy: String Quartet, Jobim: The Girl from Ipanema, Dizzy Gillespie: A Night in Tunisia, Webern: Langsamer Satz, Bártok: String Quartet No.1

Season tickets are now available. Single tickets go on sale Nov. 1.

The mission of the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach is to produce performances and educational programs of the highest artistic merit, to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of chamber music, and to enhance the cultural life of Palm Beach County.

For more information, call 561-379-6773, email info@cmspb.org, or visit www.cmspb.org