Chamber Music Concert

March 10  8 pm

The Solace Quartet

The Solace Quartet Previews New Work

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Concert Two of Three

The Solace Quartet, led by Peter Seidenberg, will perform selections from the world premier of a RiverArts commissioned piece by David Macdonald. Macdonald is the director of the Locrian Chamber Players which performs no music older than 10 years, and formerly resident ensemble of the Riverside Church. The entire seven movement score is scheduled for an April/May premier in the multi-arts performance project “Braiding the River,” which has been awarded funding by the National Endowment for the Arts “ArtWorks” program. The composer will be present for an Artist Conversation after the performance. Please check back in February for more information.


Review our most recent Chamber Music Event:

Concert One

Peter Seidenberg & Friends

(Dec 3rd 2017)

Mr. Seidenberg brought together an accomplished and remarkably versatile ad hoc including Grammy award winning jazz bassist John Patitucci. 

 Part I

The “Trout” Quintet, Franz Shubert’s Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667
The “Trout” has been described as the most popular work of chamber music in history. It will be performed by a phenomenal ad hoc quintet that includes some our region’s finest classical and chamber musicians, Broadway talents, and recording artists.


The Quintet

Kelly Hall-Tompkins (Violin)  Acclaimed by the New York Times as “the versatile violinist who makes the music come alive” and for her “tonal mastery” (BBC Music Magazine), Hall-Tompkins is also the winner of a Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras nationally including the Dallas Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, and the Chamber Orchestra of New York, among others. On Broadway as the “Fiddler” violin soloist, Ms. Hall-Tompkins was hailed by the NY Times, developed an expansive media presence, and was featured in a Grammy-nominated cast album. She is a passionate chamber musician, and has performed internationally with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, among others.


Katherine Anderson (Viola) A frequent peformer at chamber music festivals nationally, Ms. Anderson has also collaborated with the Cleveland, Meliora, Brentano and Ridge Quartets, and with such distinguished artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Paula Robison, Steven Doane, Peter Salaff, and Sergiu Luca.


Peter Seidenberg (Cello)
“Totally enchanting, inspired performances, brimming with natural, spontaneous musicianship”, raves Gramophone Magazine about cellist Peter Seidenberg.Mr. Seidenberg has played in major halls throughout the US, Europe and Asia, and served as principal cellist with the Century Orchestra of Osaka.  He was a founding member of the critically acclaimed Elements Quartet which created groundbreaking commissioning projects of 30 composers. He has collaborated with members of the Cleveland, Tokyo, Juilliard and Emerson Quartets and participated in the Marlboro, Aspen, Caramoor, and Casals festivals. He is the cellist for the Oracle Trio, the Queen’s Chamber Band, and the New York Chamber Soloists.


John Patitucci  (Bass)  The three-time Grammy award winner switches between acoustic and electric bass: Deep undertow and dazzling technique share a home in the bass playing of John Patitucci, whose prominence as a sideman goes back 30 years.” (New York Times. May 14, 2015) Mr. Patitucci played early on with Chick Corea in the Elektric Band, the Akoustic Band, and the quartet, and has played with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Roy Haynes.  He was the artistic director of the Bass Collective in New York City, and is involved with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program. He was Professor of Jazz Studies at City College of New York. In 2012 Mr. Patitucci launched the Online Jazz Bass School and was appointed artist in residence at Berklee College of Music.




Carmel Lowenthal (Piano)  Both performer and teacher, Ms. Lowenthal has made concerto appearances at the Skaneateles Festival and Steinway Hall. She has been a member of the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music since 2000. Ms. Lowenthal has performed at Avery Fisher Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with members of the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus orchestras, and the Brentano and Colorado String Quartets.


Intermission with light refreshments.

Part II

The Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47, by Robert Schumann

The Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47, was composed in 1842 during Schumann’s “Chamber Music Year.” It is one of the most frequently performed and recorded piano quartets in the standard repertoire. The Third Movement, Andante cantabile, is a deeply romantic and song-like, melodic movement, with the cello prominent. It contains an unusual application of scordatura, with the cello tuning the bottom C down to a Bb so that it can act as a pedal note.

The Solace Quartet

The Solace Quartet

The Solace Quartet

April Johnson (Violin)  April Johnson has performed throughout the US with the Oracle Trio and the New York Chamber Soloists. She is a former Concertmaster for the Jupiter Symphony, Canton Ohio Symphony, Galatea Ensemble, Queens Oratorio; and Associate Concertmaster for the Norwalk Symphony. Having performed in Europe and Asia, she has also recorded on Dorian and Lyrichord. A member of the Hoff-Barthelson Music School who also teaches Suzuki Violin, she earned a BM from Oberlin College and Advanced Studies at Brooklyn College Conservatory.

Chi-Chi Bestmann (Viola)  Violist and conductor Chi-Chi Bestmann enjoys a diverse career, from performing Mozart in Carnegie Hall or jamming with rapper Jay Z at Radio City Music Hall to conducting The Annual Westchester All-County Orchestra Festival. As both musician and conductor she has appeared at such diverse venues as Saturday Night Live,  Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Hall. She has performed with Kurt Masur, Beyoncé, and Enya. Currently, Ms. Bestmann teaches at Hoff-Barthelson Music School, Riverdale Country School, and conducts the Philharmonia orchestra at Third Street Music School Settlement.  Her commitment to education inspired Petite Concerts Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers live-music experiences to young children and cultivates classical music audiences of the future.

Peter Seidenberg (Cello) Please see notes above

Tomoko Uchino (Piano) Ms. Uchino received awards at the Ettlingen International Piano Competition and the Takahiro Sonoda Piano Award International Competitions. She has performed at major concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Thailand, as well as at chamber music festivals. A member of Solace Ensemble, THUD and Jang/Uchino Violin-Piano Duo, she has been on the accompanying staff of the Juilliard School, Heifetz International Music Institute as well as others. She earned a BM High Honors at the U of Michigan, MM from Peabody Conservatory, and Doctoral of Musical Arts from U of Arizona. She received a graduate diploma from the Juilliard School.


The first concert was presented in an incomparable 1910 stone manor where guests were welcomed in a stunning center hall rotunda. Dramatic vaulted ceilings and exquisite architectural detail enhanced the experience for guests.

Please plan to enjoy chamber music as it was originally performed: in a private setting with a small group audience.