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Lenape Chamber Ensemble opens 34th summer concert series

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The Lenape Chamber Ensemble announces its 34th season of Summer Gala Concerts.
Two Saturday evening concerts will take place, at 8 p.m. July 24 and 31, in Delaware Valley University’s Life Sciences Building Auditorium at 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown.
Once again, top-flight musicians from throughout the country familiar to Bucks County audiences will return to the stage: prize-winning pianist Marcantonio Barone, distinguished violinists Emily Daggett-Smith and Cyrus Beroukhim; cellist Alberto Parrini and violist William Frampton.
They will join violinist Nancy Bean and cellist Lloyd Smith of the Wister Quartet; Baroque violinist Katie Kyun; and Dana Kelley, violist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, to present two programs of intriguing variety with music from several centuries, written in many moods and with numerous musical approaches.
The July 24 concert will begin with Mozart’s “Piano Quartet in G minor” for piano, violin, viola and cello, a key work in the evolution of chamber music featuring a more equal dialog between partners.

The next work advances to the 20th century with a composition for violin and piano by Rebecca Clarke, considered one of the most important British composers in the post-World War I era. Her “Midsummer Moon for Violin and Piano,” composed in 1924, has a solo violin line evoking the trill of a nightingale.
The program closes with Brahms’ “String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major,” which shows influences of Schubert, Beethoven and Haydn, and is considered one of Brahms’ great early masterpieces.
On July 31, audiences will hear Grieg’s “String Quartet No.1 in G minor”; Beethoven’s “‘Archduke’ Piano trio in B-flat,” and the “Sonata No. 2 in A Major” for violin and piano by Joseph Bologne Le Chevalier de Saint-George.
Members of the audience are invited to meet and chat with the musicians at the reception following each concert.
Tickets at $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students will be available at the door or on line at lenapechamberensemble.org. For information, call 610-294-9361.


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