There are some things you just can’t get enough of, and the music of Ludwig van Beethoven is one of them. The Sherman Chamber Ensemble is pleased to present a program on Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th featuring Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op. 18 No. 2 in G major, String Quartet in C# minor, Op. 131 and Serenade for flute, violin and viola, Op. 25. Performers will be Susan Rotholz (flute), Jill Levy and Ming Feng Hsin (violin), Rebecca Young (viola) and Eliot Bailen (cello).
Ms. Rotholz, Ms. Levy and Mr. Bailen are well-known to local audiences and, in the words of Danbury News-Times critic Jan Stribula, “after years of playing together, [they] instinctively perform as though they were totally at one with each other.” Joining them for this program are Ming Feng Hsin and Rebecca Young. Mr. Hsin began his violin studies at the age of six in his native Taiwan and has had a long and illustrious career as a violinist and conductor around the world. Holding a first violin position at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1994, Mr. Hsin has recently also performed the concertos of Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and others with orchestras around the region. In addition, he collaborates with his pianist sister Hsing-Chwen Hsin in recitals throughout Taiwan and performs chamber music regularly with colleagues from the Met.
Violist Rebecca Young joined the New York Philharmonic in 1986 as its youngest member. In 1991 she won the position of Associate Principal Viola. Two months later she was named principal viola of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After spending the 1992–93 season in Boston and two summers at Tanglewood, she returned to her Associate Principal position with the Philharmonic. As a chamber musician, Ms. Young has performed with many renowned groups, including the Boston Chamber Music Society, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She can be heard in a recording of Schubert’s Trout Quintet with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Pamela Frank, and bass player Edgar Meyer on the Sony Classical label. Ms. Young is a graduate of The Juilliard School
Sherman Chamber Ensemble concerts are performed Friday evenings in the intimate and acoustically excellent St. Andrew’s Church on Main Street in Kent, CT. Saturday evening performances take place in the rustic charm of the lakeside Mauweehoo Clubhouse on Leach Hollow Road in Sherman, CT. All performances start at 8:00 PM and are followed by a reception offering light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the performers.
Admission is $25 at the door ($20 for students and seniors). Advance reservations are strongly recommended and may be made by calling 860-355-5930. For Sherman concerts only, lawn tickets may be purchased the night of the concert for $10 (bring your own seating or beach blanket). For a season brochure or more information, call the Sherman Chamber Ensemble at 860-355-5930, write to P.O. Box 578, Sherman, CT 06784 or visit SCE’s website at www.shermanchamberensemble.org.
Founded in 1983 to bring world-class live classical music performance to Western Connecticut, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble was described in The New York Times as “about as close as it gets to the Platonic ideal of a chamber music concert.” Now in its 29th season, SCE offers a summer chamber music series, educational activities including the popular “Song to Symphony” residency at The Sherman School and elsewhere, and a year-round slate of musical events showcasing the best of live musical performance, from classical to bluegrass to jazz. Support for this season comes from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, Webster Bank, private foundations, local businesses and many generous individual donors.
P.O. Box 578, Sherman, CT 06784