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HUDSON VALLEY CHAMBER MUSIC CIRCLE 2002 SEASON FEATURES A STELLAR ARTISTIC LINEUP Performers include the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio with violinist Cho-Liang Lin, Windscape with pianist Jeremy Denk, and the Tokyo String Quartet

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle (HVCMC) announces its 2002 season, featuring a stellar artistic lineup for three concerts in June at Bard College. The Saturday evening concerts, presented by The Bard Center, begin at 8:00 p.m. in Olin Hall.

On Saturday, June 1, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio will be joined by violinist Cho-Liang Lin. The program includes Haydn's Trio in E Minor; Schumann's Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73, for cello and piano; Prokofiev's Sonata for Two Violins, and Brahms's Piano Quartet in G Minor.

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio made its debut at the White House for President Carter's inauguration in January 1977. Pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson have shared classic works and exciting new repertoire with loyal audiences around the world for more than 20 consecutive seasons. One of the very few chamber music ensembles to retain all of its original members, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio balances the careers of three internationally acclaimed soloists while it maintains its musical mission through both close personal friendship and a strong dedication to music. In December 2001, Musical America named the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Ensemble of the Year for 2002. Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson are coartistic directors of the HVCMC.

Cho-Liang Lin is one of today?s foremost violinists, appearing annually with major orchestras and in recital and chamber music series on five continents. Selected as Musical America?s Instrumentalist of the Year for 2000, Lin is artistic director of SummerFest La Jolla and a member of the faculty of The Juilliard School. He was awarded Gramophone awards and Stereo Review's "Record of the Year" for his many recordings on the Sony Classical label, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center saluted him in a special concert. His violin is the 1734 Guarnerius del Gesù "The Duke of Camposelice."

On Saturday, June 15, the wind ensemble Windscape, with pianist Jeremy Denk, will make its first appearance at the HVCMC. This innovative group will perform Bach's Fantasy and Fugue in G Minor (arranged for woodwind quartet by Alan R. Kay); Mozart's Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major; Saint-Saëns's Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs; and Dvoř├ík's String Quartet in E-flat Major (arranged for woodwind quintet by David Jolley).

Windscape was created in 1994 by five of New York?s most eminent solo artists?flutist Marya Martin, oboist Randall Wolfgang, clarinetist Alan R. Kay, bassoonist Frank Morelli, and hornist David Jolley. The quintet is the ensemble in residence at the Manhattan School of Music.

Pianist Jeremy Denk has established a formidable reputation as one of today?s most compelling young artists. A 1998 recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, he also won the 1997 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, which helped launch his career as a recitalist and concerto soloist nationwide. He has given recitals at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., New York?s Town Hall, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Denk is on the faculty of Indiana University?s School of Music.

The series will conclude with a performance on Saturday, June 29, by the Tokyo String Quartet. They will perform Janàček's String Quartet No. 1 ("Kreuzer Sonata"); the Hudson Valley premiere of Bard professor Joan Tower's String Quartet "In Memory"; and Smetena's String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor, "From My Life."

Acclaimed for a remarkable cohesiveness that melds passionate playing with a rich, succulent tone, the Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded more than 30 years ago. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the Quartet is comprised of violist Kazuhide Isomura, a founding member of the group; second violinist Kikuei Ikeda, who joined the ensemble in 1974; Mikhail Kopelman, formerly of the Borodin Quartet; and Clive Greensmith, formerly principal cellist of London?s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The members of the Quartet have served on the faculty of the Yale School of Music since 1976 as quartet-in-residence. They perform on "The Paganini Quartet," a group of renowned Stradivarius instruments named for legendary virtuoso Niccolò Paganini who acquired and played them during the 19th century.

The Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle, celebrating its 52nd season this year, was founded by Helen Huntington Hull and two friends from Staatsburg, New York. They enlisted the help of violinist Emil Hauser, a member of the Bard College faculty and original first violinist of the Budapest Quartet, to invite performing artists for concerts at the Mills and Vanderbilt Mansions. In 1979, the concert series began its association with Bard College. The HVCMC remains an association of chamber music lovers and a venue that attracts many of the world's preeminent chamber music artists.

These performances are made possible, in part, through the generosity of the Homeland Foundation and The Leon Levy Foundation at Bard College. A subscription to the three-concert series is $60; individual tickets, $25; senior citizens, $15; and students, $5. For further information, call 518-537-3504.

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This event was last updated on 04-29-2002