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Lenape Chamber Ensemble begins 45th season


Lenape Chamber Ensemble returns to Bucks County Oct. 11 and 13, for its 45th season, featuring dramatically contrasting works by Beethoven, Ives, and Saint-Saëns.

The first concert starts at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 at Upper Black Eddy’s historic Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church, and is repeated at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 at Delaware Valley University’s Life Sciences Building auditorium in Doylestown.

The program begins as violinist Cyrus Beroukhim, member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra; Emily Daggett Smith, founding first violinist of the Tessera Quartet; violist Catherine Beeson, assistant principal violist with the Colorado Symphony; and Alberto Parrini, principal cellist of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, perform Beethoven’s “String Quartet in C minor, Opus 18, No. 4.”

It is the only one of its group of six that is written in a minor key.

The concert also includes Charles Ives’ “Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano,” written in 1917, and revised in 1919, performed by Daggett Smith and well-known pianist Marcantonio Barone.

For Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor,” which became known as “the greatest French piano trio of the 19th century,” Barone is joined by Beroukhim and Parrini.

A reception at the intermission will enable the audience to enjoy complimentary cider and danish while meeting and chatting with the performers.

Tickets at $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $5 for children, will be available on line, at the door, or by calling (610) 294-9361.

Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church off Route 32, is one mile north of the Frenchtown Bridge. Delaware Valley University’s Life Sciences Building Auditorium is at 700 E. Butler Ave., at the State Street exit off the Route 611 bypass in Doylestown.