Celebrating National Chamber Music Month
The Howland Chamber Music Circle (HCMC) will join thousands of musicians and hundreds of concert presenters across the country this May in celebrating National Chamber Music Month. HCMCs presentation of the Vonsattel Trio is part of a nationwide initiative to raise public awareness of the many styles of small ensemble music performed and presented today. Their concert at the Howland Center will include Beethoven’s Variations in E-flat major, Op. 44, the Piano Trio No.2 in E minor, Op.67 by Shostakovich, and Dvorak’s Piano Trio in F minor, Op.65.
Winner of the 2008 Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of uncommon breadth. With repertoire that ranges from Bach’s Art of the Fugue to Xenakis, as well as a soloist and chamber musician, Vonsattel displays a musical curiosity and sense of adventure that has gained him many admirers.
Due to an unanticipated tour to Russia by the Houston Symphony, their concertmaster Frank Huang will be unable to play in the Trio. The Vonsattel Trio for this performance will consist of Gilles Vonsattel, piano, violinist Arnaud Sussmann, and cellist Edward Arron.
Violinist Arnaud Sussmann was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009. He is quickly establishing a reputation as a multi-faceted and compelling artist, earning praise from critics and audiences alike. In addition to an extensive solo career, he is also a dedicated chamber musician and was invited to join the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two (CMS). He continues to tour with CMS.
Cellist Edward Arron has garnered worldwide recognition for his musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. Arron made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Earlier that year, he performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos with Yo-Yo Ma and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at the Opening Night Gala of the Caramoor International Festival. Since that time he has appeared in recital, as a soloist with orchestra, and as a chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
Both Vonsattel and Arron are already known to the Chamber Music Circle’s audience. Vonsattel has appeared in two of HCMCs Piano Festivals and Arron just recently joined the Daedalus Quartet in their performance of Franz Schubert’s String Quintet.
The concert will take place on Sunday, May 13, at 4 p.m., at the Howland Cultural Center, and will be followed by a reception to meet the artists. Tickets are $30 ($10 for students) and can be reserved by calling 845-297-9243 or through the HCMC website.
Photo courtesy of HCMC