The Escher String Quartet (photo by Laura Rose)
The Escher String Quartet (photo by Laura Rose)

The 22nd season of the Howland Chamber Music Circle begins on Sept. 14. It will again feature four string quartets, beginning with a group new to the series, the Escher String Quartet; they will be joined by guitarist Jason Vieaux.  Three more quartets will appear throughout the season: the Jupiter Quartet, joined by pianist Ilya Yakushev; the Parker Quartet, and old friends of HCMC, the Alexander Quartet, who will add a viola and cello for the two Brahms string sextets.

The Chamber Music Circle welcomes back baritone Thomas Meglioranza and pianist Reiko Uchida who will present Schubert’s Die Winterreise. Joseph Lin, first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet returns for a solo recital. Two trios will conclude each part of the season, the Cavatina Piano Trio in fall and the Trio Valtorna, three outstanding players of violin, French horn and pian..

Winter brings also the ever more popular Piano Festival with two young, emerging talents: Charlie Albright and Inon Barnatan, and two old friends: Soyeon Kate Lee and Till Fellner.

All performances take place on Sundays at 4 p.m. at the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon,noted for its fine acoustics. It allows chamber music to be heard in the intimate setting for which it was intended. All concerts are followed by a reception to meet the artists.

Adult series subscriptions of four to eight concerts are $110 to $185; the four concerts in the piano series are $105; three concerts for $80. Tickets to individual concerts are $30, all student tickets are $10. To ensure availability of tickets, subscribing is highly recommended.

All orders can be made through the Circle’s website,, or by writing to Howland Chamber Music Circle, P.O. Box 224, Chelsea, NY 12512-0224.

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