Saturday, March 21, 8PM
Martin Beaver, Mark Fewer, violins; Rivka Golani, viola; Rachel Mercer,
cello; Joe Phillips, double bass; James Campbell, clarinet;
Kathleen McLean, bassoon; Ken MacDonald, French horn
Following the retirement of the acclaimed Tokyo String Quartet, first violin Martin Beaver drew upon his network of leading instrumentalists to present two of the seminal chamber works for large ensemble. The Virtuosi stage is like coming home for Martin Beaver and almost all of the Octagon members.
PROGRAMME: Beethoven Septet in E flat major, Op. 20., Schubert Octet in F major D. 803
Saturday, April 18, 8PM
KANG • MERCER • PARK PIANO TRIO
Judy Kang, violin;
Rachel Mercer, cello;
Angela Park, piano
Violinist Judy Kang enjoys a busy career having collaborated with such artists as Pierre, Boulez, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleisher and even Lady Gaga. Rachel Mercer toured the world for many years as cellist of Israel’s acclaimed Aviv String Quartet. Angela Park teaches piano at Indiana University. Their love of chamber music led these three members of the award-winning Ensemble Made in Canada Piano Quartet to explore the piano trio repertoire together.
PROGRAMME: Beethoven Piano Trio in B flat major, Op. 97“Archduke” J.S. Bach Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006 for solo violin Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor
Sunday, May 10, 3PM
NOBUYUKI TSUJII, piano
Blind since birth, Nobuyuki Tsujii was a Gold Medal winner at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. It was the last time Van Cliburn was in attendance, and he was so moved by Nobu’s playing that he stated, “You feel God’s presence in the room.” Our 2013 Virtuosi audience caught what Time Magazine coined as “Nobu fever” and begged for an immediate return engagement. He will once again perform a Virtuosi recital preceded by two WSO concerto performances.
PROGRAMME: Chopin: Barcarole in F-sharp major, Op. 60; Nocturne No.1 in B-flat minor, Op. 9; Nocturne No.2 in E-flat major, Op. 9. Liszt: Consolation No.3 in D-flat major; Mephisto Waltz, No. 1 S.514. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 in C-minor, Op. 13 “Pathetique”; Piano Sonata No.23 in F-minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”.