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Lenape Chamber Ensemble opens Summer Gala Concert Series in Doylestown

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The Lenape Chamber Ensemble’s 28th season of Summer Gala Concerts begins July 12th at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown. For three consecutive Saturdays at 8 p.m., audiences will hear top performers from the Philadelphia Orchestra, plus such notable musicians as violinist Emily Daggett Smith; Pamela Guidetti, solo flutist with Orchestra 2001; international artist, pianist Marcantonio Barone; and the distinguished Wister Quartet.
Opening the season July 12th is a program beginning with one of Beethoven’s most brilliant Piano Trios, the Trio in G Major, Opus 1, No. 2 written when the composer was in his twenties. Joining pianist Marcantonio Barone will be cellist Arash Amini of America’s Dream Chamber artists, and Emily Daggett Smith, founding First violinist of the Tessera Quartet, whose performances have delighted audiences at Boston Symphony Hall; Carnegie, Avery Fisher, and Alice Tully Halls.

The Lenape Chamber Ensemble. Submitted photo

The Lenape Chamber Ensemble. Submitted photo

The violin and cello will interact with a “spiral stretcher” as composer Margaret Schedel introduces her innovative “Three Darks in Red: Homage to Rothko”, a work which allows the performers to elongate the sounds of their instruments through an electronic “stretching” device. An Assistant Professor of Music at Stonybrook University, Schedel’s works have been performed throughout the United States and abroad. Violinist Cyrus Beroukhim and Cellist Arash Amini will interact their instruments with Schedel’s in this unique work.
Edvard Grieg’s String Quartet No. 1 in G minor has been described as one of the most original and influential string quartets of the late 19th century. Violinists Cyrus Beroukhim and Emily Daggett Smith with violist Catherine Beeson and cellist Arash Amini perform this quartet, rich with exotic folk flavor of Norwegian dances, as the finale to an outstanding concert.
Future concerts on July 19th and 26th will offer music by Haydn, Hindemith, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Shostakovich and Schumann, performed by other fine artists, including the Wister Quartet’s Nancy Bean and Lloyd Smith and Philadelphia Orchestra’s violinist Barbara Govatos and violist Che Hung Chen.
Concerts will be held in the elegant new concert hall in the Life Sciences Building at Delaware Valley College, 700 E Butler Ave. Parking is accessed from New Britain Road and handicapped parking is behind the Student Center off old rte. 202. Outdoor tables in the student center courtyard are available for pre-concert picnics, and a champagne punch reception following each concert will enable the audience to meet the performers.
Subscriptions at $45 and $35 and tickets at $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, are available at the door or online at lenapechamberensemble.org, or by calling (610) 294-9361.

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