The Sherman Chamber Ensemble’s 30th Anniversary Season moves into high gear on July 6th and 7th with the first of its signature summer chamber music concerts. SCE co-founders Eliot Bailen (cello) and Susan Rotholz (flute) will be joined by long-time collaborators Jill Levy (violin) and Margaret Kampmeier (piano) in a program featuring the Schubert B flat Trio, Haydn’s Trio for flute, cello and piano, a trio for flute, violin and piano by Nino Rota, and Salut D’Amout by Edward Elgar.
“It is hard to believe it has been 30 years since our first performance on the stage of the Sherman Playhouse,” reports SCE Artistic Director Eliot Bailen. “To celebrate this occasion, we have been playing on the theme of the number 30. For one thing, we thought it would be interesting to look at what some famous composers were doing when they were 30.” The focus for this program is the Schubert Piano Trio, composed in 1827. Composer Robert Schumann summed up the qualities of this sparkling piece: “One glance at Schubert’s Trio (Op. 99) and the troubles of our human existence disappear and all the world is fresh and bright again.”
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).
Discounted subscription tickets are now available for the full summer concert series, which includes performances on August 10th and 11th and August 31st and September 1st. For a season brochure or more information, contact the Sherman Chamber Ensemble at 860-355-5930 or firstname.lastname@example.org. New this year, individual and subscription tickets may now be purchased online at our completely re-designed website at www.shermanchamberensemble.org.
The Sherman Chamber Ensemble will also be found on Friday, July 6th at 2:00 PM at the Kent Memorial Library in Kent, CT, where it will present a special concert for children and families. The program will engage young people in a musical experience that is entertaining and interactive as well as educational. Admission is free and open to all.
The Sherman Chamber Ensemble was founded in 1983 to bring world-class live classical music performance to Western Connecticut and nearby New York State. Its summer chamber music series has been described in The New York Times as “about as close as it gets to the Platonic ideal of a chamber music concert.” Additional events coming later this year include Labor Day weekend bluegrass jamborees; the annual “Live at the Lake” coffeehouse; Thanksgiving weekend free jazz matinee performances; a Messiah Sing-in at St. Andrew’s Church in Kent; and much more. Support for this season comes from many generous individual donors, the Connecticut
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