Chamber Music Society Debuts Season Concerts

The Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach will commence its ninth season of performances with a concert at The Breakers on November 15

James Ehnes, photo by Ben Ealovega
James Ehnes, photo by Ben Ealovega

The Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach will commence its ninth season of performances on Monday, November 15. After finding creative ways to present chamber music during the COVID-19 pandemic, including producing six live-streamed concerts, the Chamber Music Society will present audience-favorite musicians who have returned to Palm Beach over the years, and several new faces performing some of the greatest works in the chamber music repertoire.

Opening night takes place Monday, November 15, at 7 p.m. at The Breakers Palm Beach. Artistic director and violinist Arnaud Sussmann will be joined by violist Matthew Lipman, cellist Edward Arron, clarinetist Alex Fiterstein, horn player Kevin Rivard, and pianist Andrew Armstrong. The program features Brahms’s Horn Trio in E-flat major and Dohnányi’s Sextet.

Pianist Inon Barnatan and violinist James Ehnes will perform at the Norton Museum of Art on Wednesday, December 22, at 7 p.m. at The Norton Museum. The duo will perform Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 in G major, Faure’s Sonata No. 1 in A major, and Schubert’s Fantasy in C major.

The first performance of 2022 comes from the SPA Trio, comprising soprano Susanna Phillips, violinist Paul Neubauer, and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, on January 13, at 7 p.m. at The Norton Museum. The trio will present an eclectic program of songs by Rachmaninoff, Gounod, and Schumann, plus sets of songs from the British Isles and Italy.

The Montrose Piano Trio, featuring violinist Martin Beaver, cellist Clive Greensmith, and pianist Jon Kimura Parker, returns on Thursday, February 3, at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. They will treat audiences to a program of Dvořák’s Dumky Trio and Schubert’s joyous Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat major.

On Thursday, February 24, at 7 p.m., Sussmann will make another appearance as a performer, this time on viola. He joins the St. Lawrence String Quartet at The Norton for Mendelssohn’s Viola Quintet in B-flat Major, written for the unusual configuration of a string quartet with two violas, and additional works to be announced.

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