MiniFest returning to Kerrytown Concert House with top chamber-music players
If it’s June, it’s time for MiniFest, the three-concert series that brings artists from the Detroit-area Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival to Kerrytown Concert House.
This year’s concerts—June 15, 22 and 24—constitute the 13th annual Kerrytown installment of the festival. As in other years, they bring artists who are old friends and stalwarts of the international music scene; rising young musicians; and ensembles who are fellows of the festival’s Shouse Institute. So the concerts are great not only for hearing great chamber music in an intimate setting, but for catching the best and brightest lights of several generations.
The concerts also feature all four of the festival’s Shouse Institute ensembles—the Attacca Quartet, the Catalyst Quartet, the Sima Trio and the Trio Terzetto—plus a past Shouse ensemble, the Ariel Quartet, now the quartet in residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
The theme of this year’s festival is “White Nights.” Composers of Russian and Scandinavian descent are the focus, and if the KCH concerts reflect that focus to a lesser degree than others in the series, compositions by Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff nonetheless dot the programs. And who will complain with masterworks by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Brahms and Ravel to round out the bills?
Here’s a look at repertoire and personnel for the KCH edition of MiniFest 2012. For a complete look at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, visit greatlakeschambermusic.org.
Friday, June 15, at 8 p.m.
Mozart - Piano Trio in B-flat Major, K. 502
Artists: James Tocco, piano; Tai Murray, violin; Tanya Ell, cello
Prokofiev - Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in D Major, Op. 94a
Artists: Sofja GÃ¼lbadamova, piano; Yehonatan Berick, violin
Brahms - String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1
Artists: Ariel Quartet
Friday, June 22, at 8 p.m.
Beethoven - Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2
Artists: Trio Terzetto
Hoffman - Fantasia Fiorentina
Artists: James Tocco, piano; Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin
Mendelssohn - String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13
Artists: Attacca Quartet
Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m.
Rachmaninoff - Trio Elegiaque No.1 in G Minor
Artists: Sima Trio
Prokofiev - Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 80
Artists: Anton Nel, piano; Itamar Zorman, violin
Ravel - String Quartet in F Major
Artists: Catalyst Quartet