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Free Chamber Music Series features acclaimed musicians

May 31, 2016

Violinist warms up.
Violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi will join a collection of other acclaimed musicians from around the world who will perform during the Chamber Music Series.

A series of free chamber music performances offered throughout the month of June will feature acclaimed musicians who have performed with some of the world’s greatest orchestras and music ensembles.

Presented by the Moss Arts Center, the performances include such themes as "Summer Nights and Melodies" and "Folk Inspirations and Echoes," with repertoire ranging from the work of Mozart to folk and nationalistic pieces.

The musicians participating in the chamber series have performed in prestigious music events, such as the Tanglewood, Taos, Ravinia, and Berlin Music Festivals, and with renowned orchestras and music ensembles, including the Vienna Philharmonic, Tel Aviv Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony (Russia), National Symphony of Ukraine, and Johannesburg Philharmonic.

In addition to their feature performances, the instrumentalists will mentor a new generation of musicians participating in the Intensive Chamber Music Seminar. The Chamber Music Series will culminate with a performance of classical repertoire by the young musicians participating in the seminar.

The performances scheduled for the Chamber Music Series, which are all free and open to the public, are:

Summer Nights and Melodies

  • Thursday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.
  • Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Moss Arts Center’s Street and Davis Performance Hall, 190 Alumni Mall.
  • The chamber series begins with this performance, featuring Beethoven’s Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano in B flat major, op. 11; Dohnányi’s Quintet for Piano and Strings, no. 1 in C minor; and a selection of Klezmer music for clarinet and string quartet.
  • Featuring Nikola Djurica, clarinet; Mathias Tacke, violin; David Ehrlich, violin; Katharina Kang, viola; Dmitry Kouzov, cello; and Richard Masters, piano.

Informal Jazz Concert Featuring Clarinet and Piano

  • Friday, June 17, 6:30 p.m.
  •  P. Buckley Moss Art Gallery, 223 Gilbert Street, Blacksburg, Va.
  • Enjoy art and jazz in this casual gathering, hosted by the P. Buckley Moss Gallery.
  • Featuring Nikola Djurica, clarinet, and Albert Newberry, piano.

Quintet Fervor

  • Thursday, June 23, 7:30 p.m.
  • Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Moss Arts Center’s Street and Davis Performance Hall, 190 Alumni Mall.
  • Two of the world’s most admired quintets are featured in this program filled with German passion. Brahms' expansive and heroic Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, op. 34, and Beethoven’s String Quintet in C major, op. 29, “The Storm,” show the composers at the top of their forms.
  • Featuring Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin; Mathias Tacke, violin; David Ehrlich, violin; Katharina Kang, viola; Michael Strauss, viola; Dmitry Kouzov, cello; and Richard Masters, piano.

Folks Inspirations and Echoes

  • Saturday, June 25, 7:30 p.m.
  • Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Moss Arts Center’s Street and Davis Performance Hall, 190 Alumni Mall.
  •  Drawing inspiration from many lands and folk traditions, this evening features rich works, including the Arutiunian Suite for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano; the Kodály Serenade for Two Violins and Viola; and other repertoire.
  •  Featuring Nikola Djurica, clarinet; Mathias Tacke, violin; David Ehrlich, violin; Michael Strauss, viola; Emanuel Gruber, cello; and Richard Masters, piano.

Elegance and Emotion

  • Tuesday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.
  •  Squires Recital Salon, 290 College Ave.
  • The evening’s concert puts lyricism in the spotlight, with Mozart’s fancifully romantic Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major; Pártos’ Concertino for String Quartet; and Mendelssohn’s String Quintet in B flat major, op. 87, with its passionate and mysterious undertones.
  • Featuring Nikola Djurica, clarinet; Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin; David Ehrlich, violin; Katharina Kang, viola; Michael Strauss, viola; and Emanuel Gruber, cello.

Summer Intensive Chamber Music Seminar Closing Concert

  • Wednesday, June 29, 7:30 p.m.
  • Squires Recital Salon, 290 College Ave.
  • Featuring the young artist ensembles taking part in this year’s intensive seminar, the evening’s program will be drawn from the rich range of repertoire they have developed through coaching and rehearsals over the past two weeks.

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff possessing a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can enter and exit the garage free of charge. Limited street parking is also available. Parking on Alumni Mall is free on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kacy McAllister at 540-231-5300 or email during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to an event.

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