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Lenape Chamber Ensemble opens its spring season


Lenape Chamber Ensemble returns for its Spring Season in Bucks County, at 8:15 p.m. Friday, March 6, in Upper Black Eddy and Sunday, March 8, in Doylestown.

The program opens with Schubert’s “Rosamunde” String Quartet in A minor to be performed by violinists Emily Daggett Smith, founding first violinist of the Tessera Quartet and the West End Trio, and Cyrus Beroukhim, returning from New York where he is a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and concertmaster of the American Symphony.

Violist Catherine Beeson comes from Colorado and her position as assistant principal violist of the Colorado Symphony. Cellist Alberto Parrini is principal cellist with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and a regular performer with the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Guest flutist Tanya Witek is well-known to audiences of the New York City Ballet, Mostly Mozart and the New York Philharmonic. As principal flutist of the New York Symphonic Ensemble, she has appeared as a concert soloist throughout the United States and Asia.

Together with prizewinning pianist Marcantonio Barone, she will show her artistry in Carl Reinecke’s “Sonata for Flute and Piano,” called the “undine” Sonata.

True to its custom, the Ensemble presents its last selection as a Grand Finale with Barone leading Gabriel Fauré’s “Piano Quartet in C minor.”

Receptions following the Friday concert and at intermission on Sunday offer refreshments and a time to chat with the musicians. Tickets at $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students and $5 for children will be available at the door, online or at 610-294-9361.

The Friday evening series is held at the historic Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church on Route 32, one mile north of the Frenchtown Bridge in Upper Black Eddy. The Sunday afternoon concerts are at Delaware Valley University’s Life Sciences Auditorium on New Britain Road at the State Street exit off Route 611 bypass in Doylestown.