World-class chamber music returns to downtown Montpelier, with concerts taking place September through April in venues in Montpelier, Burlington, and Barre.
The season opens on Friday, September 15, at the Barre Opera House in a “homecoming” concert by pianist Michael Arnowitt. He will perform Schumann’s “Fantasy Pieces”; works by Prokofiev, Chopin, and Beethoven; as well as Lowell Liebermann’s “Gargoyles,” one of the most talked about piano compositions of recent decades. A celebratory reception follows in honor of Michael Arnowitt.
On November 3, at Saint Augustine’s Church in Montpelier, and November 4 at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in Burlington, Capital City Concerts puts on its most ambitious project, a performance of J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat.” World-renowned vocal soloists (including soprano Hyunah Yu, mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne, and tenor Joshua Collier), a five-part choir, and a large and colorful chamber orchestra will perform the piece plus arias from Bach’s sacred works under the direction of conductor Richard Riley. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 will feature trumpeter Sycil Mathai, violinist Lucy Chapman, flutist Karen Kevra, and oboist Randall Wolfgang.
On Sunday, February 17, Edward Arron, arguably one of the great American cellists, will be joined by pianist Jeewon Park, violinist Theodore Arm, and flutist Karen Kevra for a concert of Romantic music including Brahms’ “Piano Trio No. 1,” Massenet’s tender “Meditation” from Thaïs, and Piazzolla’s sultry “Grand Tango.”
The final concert of the season takes place on April 13 when violinist Laurie Smukler returns with her Juilliard colleague, the legendary pianist Robert McDonald, to perform sonatas by Beethoven and Franck offset by sonically spell-binding works by Paul Hindemith and Mario Davidovsky.
To learn more about the musicians, venues, programs, and to order tickets visit capitalcityconcerts.org. Individual and subscription tickets are also available at Bear Pond Books, Montpelier (check or cash only).