Chamber music fest continues in Fryeburg

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FRYEBURG – The 11th season of The International Musical Arts Institute/Festival continues its chamber music concerts every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday through July 28 in the Bion Cram Library at Fryeburg Academy. Performing musicians are drawn from the more than 50 resident artist/musicians at IMAI’s annual summer program on the academy campus.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

This week’s concerts will begin Wednesday, July 18 with a program including Mozart’s viola Quintet in Bb, K. 174, Schumann’s Piano quartet, Op. 47 and the Trio in e minor, Op. 30 (“Dumky”) by Dvorak. Performers are violinists Adrian Levine and Mark Ptashne, violists Timothy Deighton and Ofir Tomer, and cellist Christopher Pegis in the Mozart Quintet; violinist Asuka Usui, violist Hella Frank, cellist Lynn Nowels and pianist Hisako Hiratsuka in the Schumann Piano Quartet; and violinist Frederic Bednarz and pianist Natsuki Hiratsuka joining Pegis in the Dvorak Trio.

Thursday’s Musical Round Robin features four works, all of which include flute, clarinet, cello, voice and/or piano. Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D Major, K.285 begins the evening (flute, violin, viola and cello), followed by “Four Fragments from the Canterbury Tales,” a work for voice, flute clarinet and keyboard by 20th century American composer Lester Trimble – based on the famous medieval texts by Geoffrey Chaucer. The evening continues with Maurice Ravel’s haunting “Chansons Madecasses” for voice, flute, cello and piano, and concludes with the Trio in a minor, Op. 114, for Clarinet, cello and piano by Johannes Brahms. Performers are flutist Alison Hale, clarinetist Benjamin Seltzer, soprano Carol Rosenblith, cellists Lynn Nowels, Daniel Veis and Jinkyoung Chung, pianists Natsuki Hiratsuka and Hisako Hiratsuka along with violinist Christian Andre Fatu and violist Ofir Tomer,

Featured at Thursday’s concert will be flutist Alison Hale, a frequent performer at IMAI. An alumna of Fryeburg Academy, she was a winner of the Artists International Audition in 1982 and debuted at Weill Recital Hall in New York City. She has been soloist with Kenneth Cooper and the Berkshire Bach Society. She serves on the faculties of Amherst and Mount Holyoke colleges. A member of the Portland Symphony, she is also principal flute of the Portland Opera Repertory Theatre.

Friday’s concert will be the annual Twentieth Century Sampler, featuring three works by 20th century composers in a variety of styles and tonal colors. The Brazilian-flavored sounds of Heitor Villa Lobos’ String Quartet #6 will be contrasted by the Hungarian character of Zoltan Kodaly’s Serenade, Op. 12. Completing the evening will be the String Quartet in Eb (1943) written by German composer Paul Hindemith, following his arrival in the United States from war-torn Europe in the early 1940s. Performers are violinists Marcio Candido, Guan-Ting Liao, Clara Kim, Li-Ling Liao, Hyun Park and Minna Choi, violists Hella Frank, Brant Bayless, and Sebastian Ruth, and cellist Peter Zay.

Saturday’s program will offer music by Mozart (String Quartet in d minor, K. 421), Prokofieff (String Quartet #1) and Brahms (Viola Quintet in F Major, Op. 88) with violinists Adrian Levine, Giselle Hillyer, Minna Choi, Shan-Ken Chien, Ben Sayevich, and Clara Kim; violists Peter Chun, Sebastian Ruth, and Tim Deighton; and cellists Daniel Veis and Hyunsoo Joo.

Unless otherwise noted, admission is $10/ $5 for seniors and students. The “Twentieth Century Sampler” is free to all, with donations accepted at the door.

The Sunday Concert for Seniors will be at 2 p.m. Admission is free to all seniors and to people with mobility limitations; $5 for everybody else. For more details, call 935-1494, or visit www.home.earthlink.net/~imaifryeburg.

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