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Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach opens its 10th season November 17

“It’s been November nine since Vicki Kellogg and Michael Finn introduced the Palm Beach Chamber Music Society to the area’s concert scene with an appearance by Montenegrin guitarist Milos Karadaglic at Mar-a-Lago.

Now the company, under the direction of Ahmad Hayes and the artistic direction of French violinist Arnaud Sussmann, begins its 10th season next month with a concert by Spanish clarinetist José Franch-Ballester, accompanied by an all-star string quartet . But the company has already been busy: in September, it launched the Boscobel Chamber Music Festival in Garrison, New York.

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The concert featuring Franch-Ballester, who will perform Mozart and Brahms clarinet quintets at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, is the company’s first of seven this season. Five of the concerts will take place at the Norton and the other two at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church and the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse.

Franch-Ballester will accompany violinists Jennifer Frautschi and Stella Chen, Sussmann on viola and cellist David Requiro. The clarinet quintets by Mozart and Brahms are the main works of this form in the canon and constitute the basic repertoire of classical clarinetists.

Next is the SPA Trio — soprano Susanna Phillips, violist Paul Neubauer and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, all eminent performers. Phillips will sing songs by Rachmaninoff, Gounod and Schumann, as well as folksongs from Italy and the British Isles, in a program called “Songs from the Salon.” The trio will perform at 7 p.m. on December 7 at the Norton.

Sussmann will lead a 10th anniversary celebration the following month when he hosts violinists James Ehnes, Amy Schwartz-Moretti and Grace Park, violists Neubauer and Brian Chen, cellist Nicholas Canellakis and bassist Blake Hinson at the Norton for two string octets : One by Felix Mendelssohn, the best-known work of this type, and a lesser-known one by German Romantic composer Max Bruch. The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. on January 10.

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Something unusual is planned for February, with the duo of violinist Charles Yang and pianist Peter Dugan winning over an audience for their serious crossover hits (example: a cover of The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun”) . The duo will present a program entitled “Bridge: Ravel to the Beatles”. Yang and Dugan will be at the Norton at 7 p.m. on February 15.

Baroque vocal music is in the spotlight on March 9 in Bethesda when soprano Joélle Harvey sings the cantata “Wedding” by JS Bach and “Silete venti”, a motet by George Frideric Handel. Harvey will be accompanied by a small chamber ensemble consisting of violinists Tessa Lark, Chad Hoopes and Sussmann, cellist Efe Baltacigil, oboist James Austin Smith and harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss. The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m.

At the end of March, two Schumann piano trios — Robert and Clara — will be performed by violinist Sussmann, cellist Oliver Herbert and pianist Alessio Bax. Robert Schumann’s music has been in the repertoire since the mid-19th century, but only in recent years have performers turned to the music of his wife Clara, one of the greatest pianists of the time. romantic. The program, scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 30 at the Norton, includes Clara’s Piano Trio in G Minor and Robert’s Piano Trio No. 1.

The Society’s season concludes on April 21 at the Rinker Playhouse with the Jerusalem Quartet, a famous Israeli quartet. The quartet has programmed Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 4, Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 and the movement for string quartet “Langsamer Satz” by Austrian composer Anton Webern, a work written before he adopted its dodecaphonic style. . Music starts at 7 p.m.

“With the 10th anniversary season, we definitely intend to reflect on how far we’ve come since our founding,” Mayes said in a prepared statement. “But the season is even more forward-looking and where we want to be in 10 years. We see 2022/23 as a springboard for growth, with plans to reach more audiences, increase our impact on students and we connect with more communities in and around Palm Beach.

A season pass costs $1,750 and includes a $700 tax deduction, valet parking and a pre-concert reception with wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres. Individual tickets are $75 each and can be purchased for the first six concerts by visiting cmspb.org or calling 561-379-6773. The final concert on April 21 will be sold by the Kravis Center; a sale date will be announced later.