The spring portion of the Howland Chamber Music Circle’s season offers a varied program. Two string quartets return, the Voxare and the Shanghai, Istanpitta: A Medieval Dance Band with members of Early Music New York and opening the season is Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello, with Noreen Polera, piano.

Noreen Polera
Noreen Polera

Since playing for HCMC’s audience in 2010, Hakhnazaryan was awarded the Gold Medal at the 2011 XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition, the most prestigious prize given to a cellist.

Pianist Polera ranks among the most highly regarded collaborative pianists and diverse chamber artists performing today, and maintains a career that has taken her to every major American music center and abroad in Europe, Russia and Asia.

For their concert at the Howland Center the duo has chosen to play Fantasiestuecke by Robert Schumann Opus 73, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 3 in A Major Opus 69, Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor Opus 40 by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov’s Vocalise Opus 34, No.14 and Paganini’s Variations on a Theme by Rossini.

The concert takes place at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, followed by a reception to meet the artists.

Tickets at $30 ($10 students) may be reserved by calling 845-297-9243. Visit

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