Longmeadow Chamber Music Society plans spring concert

Date: 3/15/2010

March 15, 2010

LONGMEADOW - The Longmeadow Chamber Music Society will present a spring concert on March 26 at 8 p.m. and will feature music for piano, two violins, cello, clarinet, percussion and narrator. The music will include a Duo for two violins by Mozart, Trio No. 1, op. 35 for piano, violin and cello by Turina, and "L'Histoire du soldat" (The Soldier's Tale) by Stravinsky for violin, clarinet, piano, percussion and narrator.

The performers will be Alissa Leiser, piano, Joel Pitchon and Marsha Harbison, violins, Marie-Volcy Pelletier, cello, David Schneider, clarinet, Ayano Kataoka, percussion, and John Lemly, narrator.

The Mozart Duo for two violins, op. 70 is a classical example of Mozart's brilliant music. The Piano Trio No. 1, op. 35 by Joaquin Turina is a wonderful romantic blending of Spanish dances and French coloring. The "L'Histoire du soldat" by Igor Stravinsky tells the story of a soldier who trades his violin to the devil for a book that contains the secrets to acquiring great riches. The devil comes to Longmeadow! You'll have to come and see if he wins. Stravinsky includes American ragtime and tango dances in this very exciting piece.

Alissa Leiser, pianist, and David Schneider, clarinetist, are both professors at Amherst College. Husband and wife Joel Pitchon, violin, and Marie-Volcy Pelletier both teach at Smith College. Marsha Harbison, violin, is the assistant concertmistress of the Springfield Symhony Orches-tra. Ayano Kataoka, percussion, teaches at UMass. John Lemly, narrator, is a professor of English and African Studies at Mt. Holyoke College and also sings in various ensembles.

The concert will include words about the pieces and composers, last about one and a half hours and will be followed by a reception. Donations of $15 are accepted at the door for non-members.

The concerts are sponsored by generous donations from the Longmeadow Cultural Council, local area businesses, and loyal patrons. The Longmeadow Chamber Music Society, a non-profit arts organization, dedicated to presenting great works of chamber music from all periods of music featuring a variety of instruments and voice performed by professional musicians, who reside in the Pioneer valley region, is celebrating its 27th season.