Kent Chamber Music
Kent Chamber Music has announced its 26th season of concerts and will once again be bringing six chamber music ensembles to Chestertown.
The series begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, with a debut performance by Excelsa Quartet. The quartet was formed in January 2009 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass., and was recently appointed University of Maryland’s Graduate Fellowship String Quartet for 2013-2016. Excelsa features Laura Colgate and Audrey Wright on violin, Valentina Shohdy on viola and Kacy Clopton on cello.
On Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., the Annapolis Chamber Players return, specializing in mixed chamber music from the baroque to the 21st century. Featuring some of the finest Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area musicians, its core members have been collaborating for more than 15 years. The group features Phyllis Crossen-Richardson on clarinet, Gail Vehslage on flute, Jonathan Richards on violin, Elizabeth Meszaros Richards on cello and Hui-Chuan Chen on piano. Phyllis Crossen-Richardson, artistic director of the group, is a lecturer at Washington College.
The first concert of the new year, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, will feature Eclatante, a harp and flute duo. Harpist Melissa Tardiff Dvorak has performed for the series several times. Her flutist for this performance is Julianna Nickel who performs throughout the D.C. area.
At 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, another new ensemble will be welcomed to the series. Grace Kim, pianist and a faculty member of Washington College, will be performing with Daniel Shomber, cellist. Shomber is also on the faculty of Washington College and is an active performer in the Washington D.C./Baltimore area.
The final two concerts — at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 22 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26 — will feature two Kent Chamber Music favorites. On March 22, the Pyxis Piano Quartet will perform. The quartet was formed in 2009 and features Meredith Amado on violin, Jie Jin on cello, Hiroko Yamazaki on piano and Amy Leonard on viola.
On April 24, the series will conclude with the Peabody Consort under the direction of Mark Cudek, featuring musicians from the Peabody School of Music in Baltimore performing Baroque and Renaissance music on Renaissance instruments.
All concerts will be held at Hotchkiss Hall in the Gibson Center for the Arts at Washington College.
Tickets are $15 at the door or $75 for the six-concert series.
To purchase series tickets, send an email with your name, address and number of tickets you’d like to purchase to email@example.com.
Visit www.kentchambermusic.com for more information about the programs and performers.
The concerts are presented in part by the financial support of the Kent County Arts Council and the Hedgelawn Foundation.