Monday, August 1, 2011

Chamber Players' Interlude 2011

The Richmond Chamber Players’ Interlude 2011, this year’s edition of the popular and long-running late-summer chamber-music series, opens on Aug. 7 with a program of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

On the following three Sundays in August, the soundscape shifts mostly onto less familiar terrain, with works by Bela Bartók, Louis Spohr, Jean Françaix, Leo Smit, Erwin Schulhoff, William Grant Still, Gareth Farr and the Richmond-based Allan Blank. (Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet, to be played on Aug. 21, is the sole 19th-century warhorse on the program schedule.)

The Chamber Players, directed by pianist John Walter, are composed of present and former members of the Richmond Symphony: violinists Catherine Cary and Susy Yim, violist Stephen Schmidt, cellist Neal Cary, flutist Mary Boodell, oboist Gustav Highstein, clarinetist David Niethamer, bassoonist Jonathan Friedman, French horn player Rachel Velvikis and a harpist to be announced.

Performances will begin at 3 p.m. at Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road.

Series tickets are $64 for adults and $56 for seniors and students. Single tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for seniors and students. Admission is free for those 18 and younger.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call (804) 272-7514, ext. 312.

Interlude 2011 dates and programs:

* Aug. 7 – Haydn: String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 76, No. 6; Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F major, K. 370; Mozart: Adagio and Fugue, K. 546, for string quartet; Beethoven: Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3.

* Aug. 14 – Leo Smit: Trio for flute, viola and harp; Allan Blank: Trio for clarinet, cello and piano; Bartók: String Quartet No. 1.

* Aug. 21 – Schubert: String Trio in B flat major, D. 471; Spohr: Quintet in C minor, Op. 52, for piano and winds; Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 (“Trout”).

* Aug. 28 – Still: “Miniatures” for flute, oboe and piano; Farr: “Kembang Suling, three musical snapshots of Asia;” Schulhoff: “Five Pieces for String Quartet;” Françaix: “L’Heure du Berger.”