St. Petersburg Piano Quartet to Play All-Beethoven Program at Music Mountain

St. Petersburg Piano Quartet to Play All-Beethoven Program at Music Mountain

Music Mountain, America's Longest Running Chamber Music Festival, continues its blockbuster season with another weekend of exceptional music. St. Petersburg Piano Quartet offers an all-Beethoven program on Sunday, August 13 (3pm) and first-time guest Ryan Keberle & Catharsis offer an evening of jazz on Saturday, August 12 (6:30pm). Concerts are scheduled thru September 17.

Since arriving in New York City in 1999, trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle has performed with a jaw-dropping roster of legendary musicians across a vast array of styles. He combines that wealth of influence and experience into a bold group sound with the debut of his pianoless quartet, Catharsis. The band comprises some of the most compelling up-and-coming voices in jazz - trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, bassist Jorge Roeder, and drummer Eric Doob - culminating in an approach rich with melodic invention, heavy groove, and a subtle indie rock sensibility. "It was a meeting of the minds from the start," states Mr. Keberle.

Keeping with long-standing tradition, the Saturday Twilight Series features pre-concert dinners at the quaint Falls Village Inn. Experience a piece of history in this 175-year-old Inn, then listen to the versatile sounds of Ryan Keberle & Catharsis!

The St. Petersburg Piano Quartet offers an All-Beethoven program on Sunday afternoon: Violin & Piano Sonata #5 in F Major, Opus 24 "Spring"; Piano Trio in D Major, Opus 70 #1 "Ghost"; and Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Opus 16.

Founding first violinist Alla Aranovskaya and violist Boris Vayner of the world-renowned, Grammy-nominated St. Petersburg String Quartet, have joined forces with award-winning cellist Claudio Jaffe and pianist Tao Lin to form the St. Petersburg Piano Quartet. Always in high demand, the ensemble regularly plays to sold-out audiences across the US.

An accomplished violinist, Alla Aranovskaya performed extensively throughout Russia before taking off on her professional journey with the St. Petersburg String Quartet. Violist of the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Boris Vayner has spent the last several years intensively touring throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, cellist Claudio Jaffe has been hailed by The New York Times as "an elegant and accomplished artist" of "taste, technique, musicianship, and a contagious youthful enthusiasm." Described by critics as possessing "keen musical intelligence and excellent facility," pianist Tao Lin has performed in Asia, North America, and Europe. A versatile musician, he is equally at home as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.

Music Mountain is located in Falls Village, Connecticut on Music Mountain Road, where a short scenic drive will bring you to GorDon Hall atop Music Mountain. Free parking and picnic facilities are available.

Music Mountain is supported, in part, by the Connecticut Commission On Culture & Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Chamber music concerts continue with St. Petersburg Piano Quartet (August 20); Daedalus String Quartet with Tanya Bannister, Piano (August 27); and Shanghai String Quartet (September 2 & September 3).

The Saturday Evening Twilight Series continues with Todd Marcus Quintet (August 19); Michael Berkeley (August 26); The Galvanized Jazz Band (September 9); and Jive By Five (September 16).

Saturday evening pre-concert dinner at the intimate Falls Village Inn (5pm) is $70. Ticket includes dinner & concert. Seating is limited; reservations must be made 24 hours prior to concert date.

Specially Priced Concerts are as follows: Tickets for the Labor Day Benefit Concert & Reception on Sunday, September 3 (3PM) with The Shanghai String Quartet, guest artist Qing Jiang, piano, are $75. Tickets for the closing concert on Sunday, September 17 (3PM) with The Juilliard String Quartet are $60.

Chamber Music Concerts are $35. Twilight Series Concerts are $30. Children ages 5-18 are admitted FREE for ALL CONCERTS when accompanied by a ticket holder. Saturday Twilight Concerts are at 6:30pm. Sunday afternoon Chamber Music concerts are at 3pm. Group rates are available. Discounts apply through participating organizations. For a complete summer schedule, special ticket prices, and to download a ticket order form visit www.musicmountain.org or call 860-824-7126.



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