CHAMBER MUSIC PALISADES LAUNCHES 13th SEASON WITH SIX EXCEPTIONAL ARTISTS PERFORMING WORKS BY C.P.E. BACH, ROSSINI, REGER AND SCHUBERT

Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 8:00 PM, at St. Matthews Parish in Pacific Palisades

Featured Artists Include LA Phil Members Bing Wang, Assistant Concertmaster,
Carrie Dennis, Principal Viola, and Peter Stumpf, Principal Cello, as well as
Nico Abondolo, Bass, and CMP Co-Founders/Co-Artistic Directors
Susan Greenberg, Flute, and Delores Stevens, Piano

Chamber Music Palisades (CMP), hailed as “a unique and extraordinary organization,” “exquisite and breathtaking,” and for presenting “genuinely accessible chamber music of the highest order”, opens its 13th Season on Tuesday, October 20, 2009, at 8:00 P.M., at St. Matthew’s Parish in Pacific Palisades, with a compelling program of both popular and rarely heard works performed by leading Los Angeles Philharmonic members Bing Wang, assistant concertmaster, Carrie Dennis, principal viola, and Peter Stumpf, principal cello, as well as stellar artists Nico Abondolo, bass, and CMP Co-Founders/Co-Artistic Directors Susan Greenberg, flute, and Delores Stevens, piano.

The concert repertoire includes the inventive Quartet in G Major for Flute, Viola, Cello and Piano by prolific composer C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788), the second son of J.S. Bach and a key figure in the First Viennese School, and Gioachino Rossini’s (1792-1868) demanding Duo for Cello and Bass, which showcases these two low instruments with blazing virtuoso flights and a dose of humor. The program also features Max Reger’s (1887-1916) rarely performed Trio in G Major for Flute, Violin and Viola, and concludes with the ever-popular “Trout” Quintet for piano and strings of Franz Schubert (1798-1828). KUSC’s Alan Chapman provides commentary for the concert.

“We are delighted to launch our 13th season with these superlative artists,” says Stevens. “They have all performed with us previously, but not together on the same program.”

Adds Greenberg, “Chamber Music Palisades is dedicated not only to presenting classic works from the chamber music repertoire, but also in expanding it with new works. Coming up this season, for example, are a California premiere of a composition by Morton Subotnick and the world premiere of a sextet for winds and piano by Austrian composer Gernot Wolfgang.”

On December 15, 2009, CMP presents Morton Subotnick’s now and then and forever, as well as Igor Stravinsky’s monumental L’Histoire du Soldat featuring virtuoso violinist Ida Levin as the object of the Devil’s desire with narration by Bryan Torfeh from England’s Royal Shakespeare Company.

The dazzling young guitarist Martha Masters appears on February 2, 2010, to perform the remarkable Histoire du Tango by Astor Piazolla with Greenberg. In addition, violinist Roger Wilkie, cellist John Walz and Stevens will perform a new arrangement of George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” for piano trio.

Closing the season on April 13, 2010, is the world premiere of a sextet for winds and piano by Austrian composer Gernot Wolfgang, as well as Beethoven’s “Variations on a Theme by Mozart” and a Hindemith wind quintet.

Chamber Music Palisades was founded in 1997 by Pacific Palisades residents Greenberg and Stevens. They draw guest artists from their vast pool of talented colleagues in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra plus other leading instrumentalists from the U.S. and Europe. In addition to presenting established chamber works, to date Chamber Music Palisades has commissioned 11 compositions by such renowned composers as Paul Chihara, Jane Brockman, Henri Lazarof, Adrienne Albert, Maria Newman, Gernot Wolfgang and Joel McNeely.

Tickets are $25; students with ID are free. St. Matthew’s Parish is located at 1031 Bienveneda in Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. For tickets and information, please call 310-463-4388 or visit www.cmpalisades.org.

Event:
Chamber Music Palisades Presents Music of C.P.E. Bach, Rossini, Reger and Schubert
Bing Wang, violin
Carrie Dennis, viola
Peter Stumpf, cello
Nick Abondolo, bass
Susan Greenberg, flute
Delores Stevens, piano

Date/Time:
Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 8 p.m.

Program:
C.P.E. BACH Quartet in G Major for flute, viola, cello and piano
GIOACHINO ROSSINI Duo for cello and bass
MAX REGER Trio in G Major for flute, violin and viola
FRANZ SCHUBERT “Trout” quintet for piano and strings

Venue:
St. Matthew’s Parish
1031 Bienveneda
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Admission:
$25; students with ID are free

Information:
310-463-4388 or www.cmpalisades.org

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