Violin Duo Opens Chapel Restoration 2015 Series

Black Marble to perform April 19

Black Marble, violin duo of Karen Marie Marmer and Jörg-Michael Schwarz, opens the Chapel Restoration’s 2015 Sunday Music Series, on April 19 at 4 p.m. This is the series’ 15th year. The program, Enchanted Journey, features the music of Emanuele Barbella, Jean-Marie Leclair, Mozart and Telemann.

Black Marble is the translation of the violinists’ surnames in German and Dutch. The husband-and-wife team also co-directs the REBEL Baroque Orchestra, with whom they record in the U.S. and abroad.

Black Marble Duo Photo

Black Marble

Schwarz, winner of international violin competitions, has appeared as soloist with the Scottish Chamber Symphony under Yehudi Menuhin, and the Berne, Heilbronn and New Hampshire symphony orchestras, among others. He is co-founder of the Ravel Quartet Köln, the Orfeo Chamber Soloists and the Monadnock Quartet and has been concertmaster of Juilliard Orchestra, Connecticut Early Music Festival Orchestra, Barockorchester Stuttgart and New York Collegium.

Schwarz records widely and has presented lecture demonstrations on the famed Stradivarius and Amati collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His playing can be heard on the headphones at the museum’s Musical Instruments Collection.

Marmer has performed with Capriccio Stravagante, Paris, Nederlandse Bach Vereniging, Ensemble Baroque de Mateus, Portugal, and Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, and was a principal player with New York Collegium, American Classical Orchestra, and Barockorchester Stuttgart, where she was co-concertmaster. She has recorded with a number of labels and has appeared at early music festivals in Europe and the U.S. Marmer is founder and producer of the Musica Antiqua Nova chamber music series.

The Chapel Restoration is at 45 Market St. in Cold Spring, directly across from Metro-North train station, where weekend parking is free. The series relies partly on the public and welcomes contributions.

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