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and from the Aaron Roitman Fund for Chamber Music at the Rhode Island Foundation,


and for our partnership with WGBH Classical New England allowing WGBH members a $5 discount on single tickets.



Celebrating the Piano in Chamber Music

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Wednesday October 21, 2015, 7:30 PM
at Wheeler School, Gilder Hall


Photo: Steven Haberland

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, "Archduke"

Ernest Bloch: Three Nocturnes

Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in C Major, Op. 87

“Three voices – one sound” (Detroit Free Press): Annette von Hehn, Thomas Hoppe and Stefan Heinemeyer are the Berlin-based ATOS Trio, a leading light of the international chamber music circuit since 2003.

Praised for its warmth of sound, pitch-perfect unanimity of phrasing and dynamic interpretations, the Trio impresses both audiences and critics alike “... a true ensemble with an admirable fusion of voices and the gift of finding an expressive depth in their performances” (The Age, Melbourne). The ATOS Trio performs regularly at such venues as Carnegie Hall, New York; the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Wigmore Hall, London and also appears at noted festivals all over the world.

Recordings include acclaimed CDs of repertoire by Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn, plus explorations of trios by Heinrich von Herzogenberg, Josef Suk and Leon Kirchner and, most recently, a celebration of modernistic French composers on The French Album as well as The Russian Album, featuring Rachmaninoff, Arensky and Shostakovich. A collection of awards and prizes includes America’s prestigious Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and First Prize, Grand Prize, Musica Viva Tour Prize and Audience Prize all in the same year at the 5th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

Annette von Hehn plays the Yfrah Neaman Stradivari, kindly loaned by the Neaman Family, with help provided by Beare Fine Instrument Society London.

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Wednesday November 18, 2015, 7:30 PM
at Rhode Island College, Sapinsley Hall

Fauré Quartett

Photo: Mat Hennek

Volker David Kirchner: Piano Quartet No. 1, "Echo and Narcissus”
Poème for violin, viola, cello and piano.
     (Dedicated to the Fauré Quartett)

Richard Strauss: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 13

Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 15

“The Fauré Quartet is right up there with the best ensembles you can listen to today” -- Harald Eggebrecht, Süddeutsche Zeitung

The expectations regarding the diversity of repertoire have changed, which creates room for ensembles like the Fauré Quartett, which has established itself as one of the world’s leading piano quartets within just a few years. Dirk Mommertz (piano), Erika Geldsetzer (violin), Sascha Frömbling (viola) and Konstantin Heidrich (cello) have discovered new sound fields in chamber music and perform compositions outside the mainstream repertoire. An example will be their performance of Volker David Kirchner's Piano Quartet No. 1, which he dedicated to this ensemble.

In 2010 the ensemble was awarded the ECHO Classic for their album “classic beyond borders”, their second award after their recording of Brahms’ piano quartets (Chamber Music recording of the year, 2008). Other prizes include the German Music Competition, the ensemble prize from Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, international competition and recording awards, Music Prize Duisburg and Brahms prize Schleswig Holstein. They have made highly regarded benchmark-recordings with works by Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn and pop songs from Peter Gabriel and Steely Dan.

The members teach at the universities of Berlin and Essen and in master classes during their worldwide tours. Moreover, they are Artistic Directors of “Festspielfrühling Rügen” as well as ‘Quartet in Residence’ at the University of Music Karlsruhe. They have appeared in the world’s most important chamber music venues, including Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Berlin Philharmony, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires and Wigmore Hall London.

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Wednesday March 9, 2016, 7:30 PM
at Rhode Island College, Sapinsley Hall

Karyl Ryczek, soprano and Wayman Chin, piano

Photos: Susan Wilson

The lyrics to all the songs in the program will be in the concert program. They are also are available here, and can be printed in a larger format for easier reading during the concert.

Franz Schubert:

Klärchens Lied (1815)
Die junge Nonne (1825)
An Silvia (1826)
Seligkeit (1816)

Robert Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 40 (1840)

Seit ich ihn gesehen
Er, der Herrlichste von Allen
Ich kann's nicht fassen
Du Ring an meinen Finger
Helft mir, ihr Schwestern
Süsser Freund, du blickest
An meinem Herzen
Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz gethan

Vartan Aghababian (b.1964):
     Pea Soup Songs (Erbsensuppenlieder) (2015)

Die Lotosblume
Der Asra
Ein Traum

Gustav Mahler:

Erinnerung (1880-81)
Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, from Rückert-Lieder       (1901)

Learn More about Karel Ryczk
Learn More about Wayman Chin at Longy or at Banff


Wednesday April 6, 2016, 7:30 PM
at Rhode Island College, Sapinsley Hall

Doric String Quartet with Roman Rabinovich, piano

Franz Josef Haydn: String Quartet in G Major, Op. 64 No. 4

Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata"

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

Alex Redington and Jonathan Stone, violins, Hélène Clément, viola, and John Myerscough, cello, make up the Doric quartet, described by Gramophone as ‘one of the finest young string quartets’ and the leading British string quartet amongst the new generation receiving glowing responses from audiences and critics across the globe.

Since its formation in 1998 the Quartet has performed across the world. In autumn 2010 the Quartet made its highly acclaimed American debut with recitals at the Frick Museum in New York and Library of Congress in Washington, and now returns for annual tours to North America. Other recent highlights include recitals at the Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and in Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid, Moscow, Paris and Prague.

In 2009 the Doric String Quartet’s first CD was released to critical acclaim on the Wigmore Live label and was chosen as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone: “The Doric’s Haydn sparkles with wit on their impressive [and] very auspicious recording debut”. Since 2010 the Quartet has recorded exclusively for Chandos Records, including both Janáček and three Martinů quartets.

Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich is the winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. Roman was already praised by critics for the “vivacity and virtuosity” and “the impeccable clarity of execution” and has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Israel in such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, festivals in Switzerland and Prague, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the Metropolitan and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museums, Moscow Conservatory, and Glazunov Hall in St. Petersburg, Salle Cortot and Les Invalides in Paris and the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. In spring 2014 he toured with the Haifa Orchestra throughout the United States, performing as soloist in 28 cities.

Mr. Rabinovich was honored with the Classical Recording Foundation Artist of the Year award for his CD, which was also given a four-star review by BBC Music Magazine, who had this to say: “This is clearly a labour of love. Rabinovich's stylish line drawings adorn the booklet, and the enthusiasm of his joyful playing is infectious."

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Learn More about Roman Rabinovich and see his drawings.