Howland Chamber Music Circle’s 2011-12 Season

19th season leads off with string quartets

In its 19th season, the (HCMC) will present five string quartets, four of which are performing in return engagements. The Shanghai will open the season on September 11, followed by the Jasper, Pacifica and Daedalus Quartets. New to the series is the Voxare Quartet, another young quartet gaining prominence, and recipients of an ASCAP Award.

Other performers in the series are violinist Tim Fain, who is well known to HCMC audiences. His collaborator is pianist Cory Smythe. Also new to the series are the Wind Soloists of New York, who will be joined by pianist Pedja Muzijevic for a Beethoven quintet. Closing the season in May will be the Huang-Arron-Vonsattel Piano Trio. Both Pedja Muzijevic and Gilles Vonsattel have previously appeared in a piano series.

The Chamber Music Circle will again present its Mid-Winter Piano Festival, including Jeremy Denk who returns to present two concerts focused on the Mozart Sonatas. Also returning is Korean pianist Soyeon Lee, recent winner of the prestigious Naumburg Piano Competition. Performing for the first time in the series is Italian pianist Alessio Bax, recipient of many prizes, including an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

All concerts take place on Sundays at 4 p.m. at the Howland Cultural Center, located at  477 Main Street in Beacon. Subscriptions to the chamber music series are available for four to eight concerts, from $110 to $185. The subscriptions for the Piano Festival are $80 for three and $105 for four concerts. Individual tickets are $30. All student tickets are $10. For a detailed brochure please see the HCMC website For more information and to purchase subscriptions or individual tickets, write to: Howland Chamber Music Circle, P.O. Box 224, Chelsea, N.Y. 12512-0224 or call 845-297-9243.

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