Saturday, June 24, 4 p.m.—ROCHESTER—Widely acclaimed for their high level of virtuosity, the Johannes Quartet opens the 23rd season for the Rochester Chamber Music Society (RCMS) Saturday, June 24 at 4 p.m. at the Federated Church in Rochester. The concert will be dedicated to the memory of long-time summer resident, Joan Hutton Landis, who passed away May 7, 2017. Landis was a brilliant scholar and published poet, an RCMS board member who taught at the Curtis Institute of Music and whose influence brought many accomplished musicians to the series.
The afternoon program will include Mozart’s String Quartet No. 20 in D major, K.499, “Hoffmeister,” Bartok’s String Quartet No. 3 in C-sharp major, and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131.
The Johannes Quartet consists of four outstanding musicians who take time away from their busy careers to pursue their love of the string quartet literature. This quartet brings together the first American to win the Paganini Violin Competition in 24 years, Soovin Kim; acting assistant concertmaster of the Boston Symphony, Julianne Lee; the principal viola of the Philadelphia orchestra, C.J. Chang; and former principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Peter Stumpf, currently on faculty at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. The quartet has been praised by listeners and critics alike for its special combination of passion, warmth, elegance and poetry. Each member has spent numerous summers at the celebrated Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, birthplace of many of the world’s renowned ensembles. New York appearances include Carnegie Hall and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as frequent performances on Peoples’ Symphony Concerts. Since the Johannes made its acclaimed debut there in 1998, the Chamber Music Society of Philadelphia has presented them each season.
Admission is by donation. The Federated Church is located at 15 North Main St., Rochester. For info call 802-767-9234 or visit rcmsvt.org.
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