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Raleigh Chamber Music Guild Announces 2010-11 Season

Fire Pink Trio; Jacquelyn Bartlett, harp; Sheila Boone, viola; Debra Reuter-Pivetta, flute. February 27, 2011

Masters Series

  • Five concerts at 3:00 pm at Fletcher Opera Theater, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Season tickets: $100; $50 students
  • Single tickets: $25; $10 students

To request a season brochure and order form, call (919) 821-2030 or send an email to rcmg[at]

Since 1941, this series has presented many of the world’s greatest chamber ensembles and artists to the greater Raleigh area. Recognized for its high quality and diversity, the Masters Series includes both young, cutting edge groups as well as established, traditional ensembles.

September 12, 2010

Brooklyn Rider

Johnny Gandelsman, violin; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; Eric Jacobsen, cello

  • Komitas: Armenian Folk Songs
  • Colin Jacobsen: Sheriff’s Lied, Sheriff’s Freude
  • Dvořák: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 “American”

This genre-defying string quartet, influenced by its members’ longstanding participation in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, deftly employs creative programming and exciting collaborations to illuminate music in fresh ways.Born out of a desire to use the rich medium of the string quartet as a vehicle for communicating across large swaths of history and geography, Brooklyn Rider is equally devoted to the interpretation of the existing quartet literature and to the creation of new works.

This is the third concert of the 2010 September Prelude Chamber Music Festival sponsored by RCMG, Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill. For information about the other September Prelude concerts, contact (919) 660-3357; (919) -1039.

October 10, 2010

Cuarteto Latinoamericano

Saul Bitrán, violin; Arón Bitrán, violin; Javier Montiel, viola; Alvaro Bitrán, cello

Cuarteto Latinoamericano, formed in 1982, is known worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet. This award-winning ensemble from Mexico consists of the three Bitrán brothers and violist Javier Montiel. The Cuarteto has recorded most of the Latin American repertoire for string quartet, and the sixth volume of their Villa-Lobos 17-quartet cycle, recorded for Dorian, was nominated for a Grammy award in 2002 in the field of Best Chamber Music Recording as well as for a Latin Grammy.

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos:  Quartet No. 1
  • Silvestre Revueltas: Musica de Feria
  • Astor Piazzolla: Four for Tango
  • Javier Alvarez: Metro Chabacano
  • Miguel del Aguila: Presto II
  • Alberto Ginastera: Quartet No. 1

January 9, 2011

Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio

Ani Kavafian, violin; André-Michel Schub, piano; David Shifrin, clarinet

  • Mozart: Trio in E-flat, K. 498 “Kegelstadt Trio“
  • Bartok: Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano (1938)
  • Stravinsky: Suite from “L’Histoire du Soldat”
  • Bolcom: Afternoon Cakewalk – Rag Suite of Joplin, Lamb, Scott and Bolcom

After 25 years of friendship and music-making, Ani Kavafian, André-Michel Schub and David Shifrin – each a true virtuoso and a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center – come together as a trio with undeniable chemistry. Combined, they have performed with nearly every major orchestra around the world, but their work as a trio remains a special part of their professional lives. “The spontaneity, the excitement and the fun we have playing together is beyond what we ever anticipated,” say the three.

February 13, 2011

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

Andrew Watkinson, violin and guest leader; Harvey de Souza,violin; Jennifer Godson,violin; Martin Burgess,violin; 
Robert Smissen,viola; Duncan Ferguson,viola; Stephen Orton, ; John Heley,cello

  • Dvorak: String Sextet in A Major, Op. 48
  • Shostakovich: Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, Op. 11
  • Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 20

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to perform chamber works—from quintets to octets—with players from the larger Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, founded in 1959. Drawn from the principal players of the orchestra, the Chamber Ensemble tours as a string octet, string sextet, and in other configurations including winds. Its global touring is extensive, with annual visits to France, Germany, and Spain, and frequent tours to North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan.

March 20, 2011

Juilliard String Quartet

Nick Eanet, violin; Ronald Copes, violin; Samuel Rhodes, viola; Joel Krosnick, cello

  • Schubert: String Quartet in G minor, D. 173
  • Donald Martino: String Quartet No. 5 (2004)
  • Beethoven:  String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

The Juilliard Quartet, first presented by RCMG in 1949, is internationally renowned and admired for performances characterized by a clarity of structure, beauty of sound, purity of line and an elevated unanimity of purpose. The 2010-11 season is its second year with new first violinist Nick Eanet. As Quartet-in-Residence at New York City’s Juilliard School, the ensemble is widely admired for its seminal influence on aspiring string players around the world. In 1997, Musical America named the Quartet “Musicians of the Year,” making it the first chamber music ensemble ever to appear on the cover of the publication’s annual International Directory of the Performing Arts.

Tenth Annual Spring Gala

Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 7:30pm

Ruggero Piano
4720 Hargrove Road, Raleigh

Our honored guest this season is the Juilliard Quartet. Join RCMG and friends as we enjoy good food, good conversation and a very special performance by this remarkable ensemble. It’s an up-close-and-personal experience you’ll not want to miss. Seating is limited, so make your reservation early. See the order form in this brochure for details.
Tickets: $75 per person or $200 per sponsor (includes two reservations)

Sights & Sounds on Sundays (in partnership with the NC Museum of Art)

  • Six concerts at 3:00 pm in the North Carolina Museum of Art Auditorium
  • Season tickets: $50; $45 for NCMA members & students
  • Single tickets: $10; $8 for NCMA members & students

To request a season brochure and order form, call (919) 821-2030 or send an email to rcmg[at]

Celebrating its 12th consecutive season, Sights and Sounds on Sundays blends music and art in an engaging and entertaining format. North Carolina musicians offer innovative programs that complement work on display at NCMA, either from the museum’s permanent collection or a special exhibition.

Concerts are preceded at 2:00pm by a docent-led tour of the featured exhibition. For reservations, contact Jen Coon at 919/664-6820 or jcoon[at]

August 15, 2010

Blue Ridge Chamber Players
Peter deVries, violin; Tatiana Karpova, violin; Martha Geissler, viola; Jennifer Humphreys, cello; Nick Lampo, cello

Common Motives: Exploring Similar Motivations in Music and Art

  • Boccherini: Quintet in C Major, Op. 37, No. 7
  • Schubert: Quintet in C Major, Op. 163

The Blue Ridge Chamber Players, founded in 2005, is an eclectic ensemble based in Charlotte. Their program highlights themes displayed in the museum’s permanent collection.

November 14, 2010

Jazz from the Carolina Summer Music Festival

Martha Bassett, vocals; Pivetta, piano; Kendrick, bass; Wilson, drums; Carrasco, violin; West, tenor sax; Wilnot, trumpet

The Great American Songbook
Music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Rodgers and Hart
Since 2007, the Carolina Summer Music Festival has been produced in Winston-Salem by Old Salem Museums and Gardens, and the Carolina Symphony Chamber Players. It presents lighter fare while still adhering to the traditional chamber music definition of “one player to a part.” This concert is a perfect companion for American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell.

January 30, 2011

Green/Thompson Duo

Nancy Green, cello; Jeremy Thompson, piano

Fantasy Pieces

  • Janáĉek: Pohádka (Fairy Tale)
  • Schumann: Fantasiestűcke
  • Prokofiev: Cello Sonata
  • Debussy: Cello Sonata

The cellist and pianist, from Chapel Hill and Goldsboro, respectively, team up to carry children of all ages through a world of musical fantasy inspired by Fins and Feathers: Original Children’s Book Illustrations from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

February 27, 2011

Fire Pink Trio

Jacquelyn Bartlett, harp; Sheila Boone, viola; Debra Reuter-Pivetta, flute

American Reflections: The Human Experience

  • Sonny Burnette: Crusin’ with the Top Down
  • Dan Locklair: Dream Steps
  • Hailstork: As Falling Leaves
  • Christopher Caliendo: Triesteza

This dynamic and poetic trio from Winston-Salem and Durham combines three sensual instruments: harp, flute and viola. Each member brings to the group a multitude of accolades including top prizes in international competitions, concerto performances and critically acclaimed recordings. This program complements Bob Trotman: Inverted Utopias.

April 3, 2011

Tre Voci and The Triangle Trio

Maggie Pate Duffey, soprano; Sturgis, countertenor & baritone; Gresham, tenor; Spiewak, violin; Xi, viola; Salemson, cello
Ménage à Trios: Contemplative Music in Groups of Three

  • William Byrd: Mass for Three Voices
  • Martinu: String Trio #2
  • Arvo Pärt: Stabat Mater

Some of the Triangle’s best-known vocalists and instrumentalists come together to present this one-of-a-kind offering: trios, triptychs (in NCMA’s permanent collection), and other combinations of three!

May 22, 2011

Atlantean Trio
Joseph Brunjes, violin; Thomas, cello; David Salwen, piano

  • Sides of Being Jewish
  • Copland: Vitebsk
  • Meira Warshauer: Aecha (Lamentations)
  • Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 66

The Wilmington-based ensemble plays music in recognition of the museum’s Judaic Collection.


April 17, 2011 at 3:00pm

North Carolina Museum of Art

In Memory and Celebration of Maxine Swalin (1903-2009)

Ciompi Quartet

Eric Pritchard, violin; Hsiao-mei Ku, violin; Jonathan Bagg, viola; Fred Raimi, cello

  • Barber: Adagio for Strings
  • Roger Hannay: String Quartet No. 1
  • Beethoven: String Quartet in B-flat, Op. 130

Maxine Swalin, known affectionately as the “mother of the North Carolina Symphony,” lived her 106 years championing the beauty of great music and great art. She was an accomplished pianist, painter and writer who influenced the lives of countless North Carolinians. Whether Maxine was handling details of a symphony visit to a small North Carolina town, raising funds for a worthy cause or meditating in UNC’s Coker Arboretum with her brush and easel, she was always the advocate for what is good and beautiful. The Ciompi Quartet was one of Maxine’s favorite local ensembles.

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