Chamber music abounds this weekend
First-rate chamber music will be offered in Montpelier, Northfield and Randolph this weekend. Pianist Diane Huling and cellist Robert Blais, two of the area’s most influential musicians, will collaborate for the first time. And Arioso, a fine mixed chamber group, will perform music of two Vermont composers as well as revered classics.
Cello and piano
Robert Blais and Diane Huling will present a cello and piano recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Montpelier’s Unitarian Church of Montpelier. On the program will be Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata, Piazzolla’s “Grand Tango,” Hindemith’s “A Frog Went a Courtin’,” and Schumann’s Fantasiestucke. The suggested donation for the afternoon performance is $20, $5 for students, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Green Mountain Youth Symphony.
Blais has performed with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and the New England Symphonic Ensemble, and also as chamber musician with the Uterlinde-Johnston-Blais Trio and the Pythagorean Trio in the Columbia University Artist Series. He has been featured as soloist with the Holyoke Symphony, the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, the Guilford Festival Orchestra, and the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra. Blais is the artistic director of the Green Mountain Youth Symphony, and boasts dozens of cello and bass students at his home studio in Montpelier.
Huling, as a student of Maria Luisa Faini, protégée of Italian composer Alfredo Casella, received performance degrees from Eastman School of Music, and has studied with such renowned artists as Leonard Shure, Malcolm Bilsson, Paul Badura-Skoda, Frank Glazer, Dalton Baldwin, Gerard Souzay and Greta Kraus. Huling has performed chamber music with members of the St. Petersburg Chamber Players, London Symphony, and the Boston Symphony, and has performed as soloist with the Vermont Symphony, Burlington Civic Symphony and Montpelier Chamber Orchestra.
Admission is by donation ($20, $5 for students, suggested); a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Green Mountain Youth Symphony.
Central Vermont’s chamber music ensemble returns for its fifth series with “Encore Arioso Primavera!” music for piano, voice, viola, and clarinet. On this spring concert, Arioso offers the “Fairy Tales” by Robert Schumann; “Four Poems” for voice, viola and piano by Charles Martin Loeffler, Opus 5; plus works by Vermont composers, “Some Lonesome Valley,” a trio for clarinet, viola, and piano by Erik Nielsen, and two new works by Kathy Wonson Eddy.
The concert will be presented at the United Church in Northfield at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, sponsored by the Paine Mountain Arts Council. The program be also be performed at First Light Studios in Randolph at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 8.
The members of Arioso, all Vermont professional musicians, are Elizabeth Reid, viola; Alison Cerutti, piano; Linda Radtke, mezzo-soprano; and Elisabeth LeBlanc, clarinet. The group was formed in 2008 and debuted in May 2009, sponsored by the Paine Mountain Arts Council in Northfield and Cathedral Arts in Burlington.
Cerutti, a protégée of the late Louis Moyse, has performed as a soloist with the Vermont Philharmonic, as chamber musician throughout Vermont, and as a flute accompanist in the United States and France. Reid has performed with the Burlington Ensemble since its inaugural season in 2010 and as principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra.
Radtke sings with the professional vocal ensemble Counterpoint, and has performed as soloist with the Vermont Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony, and in Vermont productions of opera and musical theater. LeBlanc has performed with Heliand Trio since 2006. She performed the world premiere of Don Jamison’s “Through the Clouds” for clarinet, bassoon and strings with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and has given several performances of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet.
Eddy, a resident of Randolph and a retired minister, has composed four dramatic musicals and over 200 sacred works for choir, soloists, and various instruments. Nielsen, of Brookfield, has been composing for 30 years and his catalog includes works for chorus, orchestra, wind ensemble, solo instruments, chamber music of many configurations and electronic music.
Admission to the Northfield concert is by donation ($12 suggested). Randolph tickets will be available at the door. For more information call 485-6924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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