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2018-2019 Season

Please join us for our 70th season of world-class chamber music

ASTON MAGNA

Friday, October 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
A concert of Baroque music by Buxtehude,
Handel, C.P.E. Bach, and J.S. Bach

CALIDORE STRING QUARTET

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven

TRIO VALTORNA

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Works for French horn, violin, and piano
by Harbison, Ravel, and Brahms

AKROPOLIS REED QUINTET

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Works for clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, and oboe
by Deemer, Piazzolla, Muhly, and Gershwin
World Premiere of Brandon’s Chamber Concerto for Bassoon and Reed Quintet (with Christin Schillinger, bassoon soloist)

JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Works by Haydn, Bartok, and Beethoven


All performances at Kiggins Auditorium in Slocum Hall, Emma Willard School, 285 Pawling Ave. (Rt. 66), Troy, NY, with free parking on site. Handicapped access to Kiggins is available.

Season tickets: $100 ($50 students). Single tickets: $25 ($15 students).
Group discounts are available.

To learn more, call 518-833-1874 or email us at admin@friendsofchambermusic.org

Trio Valtorna

TRIO VALTORNA
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

David Jolley, French horn
Ida Kavafian, violin
Gilles Vonsattel, piano

Harbison:             Twilight Music for Horn, Piano, and Violin
Ravel:                    Violin Sonata no. 2 in G Major
Brahms:               Horn Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40

 Bringing together the gifts of three internationally recognized artists, Trio Valtorna formed in 2011. After performing together at Music from Angel Fire Chamber Music Festival, renowned violinist Ida Kavafian and French horn player extraordinaire David Jolley decided to continue in collaboration, adding the young pianist Gilles Vonsattel to complete the ensemble. Fred Kirshnit, writing in the New York Sun, called Ms. Kavafian’s artistry “meaningful and affecting,” while The New Yorker has praised Mr. Jolley’s “richly melancholy horn solos.” David Weininger in the Boston Globe also observed the “clarity and light touch” of Gilles Vonsattel. The ensemble promises to offer chamber music par excellence to audiences across the United States.

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About Us

Founded in 1949 by composer and educator Martha Beck Carragan, Friends of Chamber Music of Troy, New York aims to expand the audience for a full range of chamber music — both the known and the new — played by world-class musicians and ensembles, many of whom we are introducing to the Capital Region for the first time.

We present a series of five concerts each year, building on our tradition of showcasing excellent musicians and exceptional programming at prices that allow a diverse audience to experience this beautiful music.

In 2018, Friends of Chamber Music became a regular stop on the triennial Banff International String Quartet Winner’s Tour.

Chamber music, or music in which only one instrument plays each line, is often called the music closest to the composer’s heart, because it is written to be played and heard by confidants, friends and peers. Although the string quartet is the most familiar form, our ensembles have included many combinations of strings, winds, and even voice.

Kiggins Auditorium in Slocum Hall at the gorgeous Emma Willard School in Troy is both an intimate and acoustically superb setting. There is free parking on site, and handicapped access is available.

More detail on parking

Most parking is available at the large lot on the right after you turn in at the main entrance on Pawling, bear right, and drive past a few buildings that will be on your left. If you’re early, there are sometimes also a few spots in the circle (stay straight) or immediately across from Slocum Hall. (All lots have handicapped spots.) The concert entrance to Slocum Hall (the door with handicapped access) faces the interior courtyard. You do not need to check in with security if you’re just attending the concert.

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Subscribers can attend five concerts for the price of four, and also receive two complimentary tickets to share with friends.

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Ticket prices cover less than 40% of our costs. Your additional donation or equivalent contribution earns you not only our gratitude, but an invitation to the reception for the musicians that follows each concert.

Interested in helping out at concerts or behind the scenes, perhaps even joining our board? Contact us or speak to any member of the board about ways you can help.

Okay, but how do I do this, exactly?

To subscribe and/or donate, please print out the form below and mail it to the address listed, or bring it to the first concert. We usually have seats available at the concert, and we can also accept credit cards there. (If you join our mailing lists, we will also email you and snail mail you this information each year, and we also email our subscribers and other supporters reminders before each concert.)

2018-19 Subscription/Donation Form

 

 

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Contact us

See the bottom of our site for our mailing address, phone number, and location. Scroll a little further down for directions. You can also email us via this form. Your message will go to Cheryl Ackner, our administrative assistant at the Emma Willard School.

 

Visit

All concerts are held in beautiful Kiggins Auditorium in Slocum Hall on the grounds of the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York. Enter at the main entrance (Massry entrance) at Pawling Avenue.

Most parking is available at the large lot on the right after you turn in at the main entrance on Pawling, bear right, and drive past a few buildings that will be on your left. If you’re early, there are sometimes also a few spots in the circle (stay straight) or immediately across from Slocum Hall. (All lots have handicapped spots.) The concert entrance to Slocum Hall (the door with handicapped access) faces the interior courtyard. You do not need to check in with security if you’re just attending the concert.

Click here for a printer-friendly map of the campus.