(First appeared in the August 19th edition of the Vermont Standard)
Pentangle Arts Council’s 2010 classical music concert series continues on Sunday, August 22 at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Woodstock with a recital by the region’s leading summer chamber ensemble, the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival. The concert will feature works composed by Strauss, Handel-Halvorsen and Brahms. Admission is by donation.
Â The first piece on the program, Richard Strauss’ Sonata in E-flat Major op. 18 for violin and piano, is a rare chamber work by the 23 -year-old composer better known for his orchestral pieces and operas. What has been called the “swaggering” sonata will be performed by violinist Basia Danilow, whose career encompasses chamber music, recordings, and orchestral and solo performances. The second work on the program is a Passacaglia for violin and viola by Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen from a theme by Handel. Performers will be Ms. Danilow and Arturo Delmoni, the celebrated violist and violinist, who has performed with leading orchestras and musicians in the U.S. and abroad.
Finale for the concert is the Brahms Piano Trio No2 in C Major, Op.18. Joining Delmoni and Grant will be cellist Peter Sanders, artistic director of the Festival and a member of the New York City Ballet orchestra.
Â The Woodstock Chamber Music Series is underwritten by Ellaway Property Services, Inc. – Connected-at-Home; Gail and Allen Dougherty; Hazel and Chris Stoddart; and David Green & Margaret Edwards; with additional support from the Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Liturgical & Music Association and the Max Y. Seaton Memorial Trust.