Worcester Chamber Music Society announces 14th season

Press release submitted by Worcester Chamber Music Society

Opening Night
American Expressions
Annual Tom Keil Memorial Concert

Friday, September 27, 2019 @7:30 PM
Unitarian Church, 9 Ayer Road, Harvard

Saturday, September 28, 2019 @7:30 PM
Curtis Performance Hall, Assumption College
500 Salisbury Street, Worcester


  • COLEMAN Fanmi Inmen
  • LENA FRANK Ghost in the Dream Machine
  • D’RIVERA Afro and Danzon
  • DVORAK String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, “American”


  • A multi-disciplinary celebration of music from the Americas: North, South, and Central
  • Featuring 3 celebrated female composers
  • Visual projections of artist Simon Dinnerstein’s drawings, the inspiration for Gabriel Lena Frank’s Ghost in the Dream Machine.
  • Pre-concert talk 1/2 hour before the concert with Rohan Gregory

More information at https://worcesterchambermusic.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S4M000009PmhoUAC

Main Stage
Night Music
With guests Ashleigh Gordon, viola and Rhonda Rider Cello

Be sure to come early for our popular pre-concert talk led by Rohan Gregory - it is not a "talk", but an experience!

Sunday, November 3, 2019 @4:00 PM
Curtis Performance Hall, Assumption College
500 Salisbury Street, Worcester


  • FOOTE A Night Piece
  • SCHUBERT Notturno
  • BOCCHERINI Night Music of Madrid
  • SCHOENBERG Verklarte Nacht

Join the WCMS for a nocturnal program that examines the dark hours from a variety of angles. Arthur Foote’s dreamy A Night Piece and Franz Schubert’s elegant Notturno highlight its amiable sides. Meanwhile, Luigi Boccherini’s Night Music of Madrid evokes a city that never sleeps and Arnold Schoenberg’s lush Verklärte Nacht probes the depths of the human psyche.

More information at https://worcesterchambermusic.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S4M000009Pmi8UAC

Holiday Baroque
A Seasonal Offering
With guest Andrus Madsen, harpsichord

Thursday, December 5, 2019 @7:30 PM
Worcester Historical Museum
30 Elm Street, Worcester


  • BACH Selections from A Musical Offering
  • VIVALDI The Four Seasons

What to expect:

  • Considered by many to be Bach’s Magnum Opus, this program opens with a healthy taste of A Musical Offering.
  • Virtuosity abounds as violinists Krista Buckland Reisner, Rohan Gregory, Mark Berger, and Peter Sulski each take on one of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
  • Pre-concert talk at 7 PM by guest Andrus Madsen

More information at https://worcesterchambermusic.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S4M000009PmiDUAS

Very Open Rehearsals (VOR)
September 22, 2019
March 29, 2020

Imagine you are seated just a few feet away from 3 or 4 amazing musicians – watching and listening to the rehearsal process. The experience is exhilarating, fun, and one you will never forget. Our gracious hosts will prepare a delicious dinner with wine following the rehearsal.

More information at https://worcesterchambermusic.org/concerts/very-open-rehearsals-2

Community Series
Music on Main
With Neighborhood Strings and special guests

Worcester Popup
20 Franklin Street, Worcester

Friday, November 8, 2019 @5:30 PM
World-renowned Klezmer band, Shirim led by clarinetist Glenn Dickson, will be joined by WCMS musicians and Neighborhood Strings.

Friday, May 22, 2020 @5:30 PM
Syrian composer Kareen Roustroum is steeped in the musical traditions of the Near East and trained in western classical and jazz. He has collaborated with a wide variety ranging from the Kronos Quartet to Shakira. WCMS musicians and Neighborhood Strings will perform several of his pieces.

This concert series is free and informal, focused on bringing the community together through music.

Café Concert
A Slice of Pie
With guest Peter Clemente, guitar

Thursday, January 9, 2020
6:30 PM dinner seating, 7:45 PM concert
Volturno Restaurant
72 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester


  • FALLA Suite Populaire Espagnole
  • PONCE Sonata Meridional
  • SCHUBERT Quartet for flute, viola, cello, and guitar


  • • Spanish music paired with Italian food to warm up the winter blues!
  • • Dinner will include a gourmet selection of pizza, salads, and dessert by this award-winning eatery.
  • • Family-style seating creates an opportunity to meet new like-minded music lovers.
  • • Café concerts sell out quickly- be sure to order your tickets early!

More information at https://worcesterchambermusic.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S4M000009PnRLUA0

Annual Free Family Concert
A Carnival of Animals
In Collaboration with The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory of the Performing Arts

With guests William Kirkley, clarinet; Ashe Gordon, viola; Nathan Varga, double bass; Robert Schulz, marimba; and The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory Youth Ballet Company, Jennifer Agbay, Director

Sunday, March 1, 2020
3:00-4:00 PM
The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory


  • DEAK Eeyore Has A Birthday
  • SAINT-SAENS Carnival of the Animals

What to expect:

  • A fun concert for the entire family
  • A free concert, reservations are required through Hanover Theatre
  • Multidisciplinary event with music, dance, and art
  • Meet and greet the musicians on stage following the performance

Café Concert
Of Birds and Flowers

Thursday, March 12, 2020
6:30 PM dinner seating, 7:45 PM concert
Nuovo Restaurant
92 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester


  • SNOWDEN Bird Catching From Above
  • HAYDN String Quartet Op.64, No.5 “Lark”
  • PUCCINI String Quartet “I Crisantemi”

As the seasons shift, celebrate the winding down of winter with music inspired by spring. Steven Snowden’s Bird Catching from Above and Haydn’s “Lark” Quartet spotlight avian songs and sounds, while Puccini’s only string quartet, I Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums), provides a pensive counterweight.

Things to know:

  • Dinner seating at 6:30 PM. Come a few minutes early to get a drink at the bar.
  • Featuring a curated menu by Executive Chef Alex Gjonca
  • Café concerts sell out quickly, be sure to reserve your seat early!

More information at https://worcesterchambermusic.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S4M000009PnQrUAK

Main Stage

Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 7:30 PM
Fitchburg Art Museum
185 Elm Street, Fitchburg

Sunday, April 19, 2020 @ 4:00 PM
Curtis Performance Hall/Assumption College
500 Salisbury Street, Worcester


  • SCHUBERT Variations on “Trochne Blumen”
  • BEETHOVEN Piano Trio Op. 70, No. 1, “Ghost”
  • SCHUBERT String Quartet in D minor, “Death and the Maiden”

Of note:

  • This program was curated in conjunction with Fitchburg Art Museum’s upcoming exhibit “Death and the Afterlife”.
  • Pre-concert talk 1/2 hour before the concert by Rohan Gregory

More information at https://worcesterchambermusic.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S4M000009PmiZUAS

Café Concert
Music at the Fair

Thursday, May 14, 2020
6:30 PM dinner seating, 7:45 PM concert
Nuovo Restaurant
92 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester


  • KOSA Trio for Flute, Viola, Cello
  • REVUELTAS Musica de feria

The season’s final concert surveys festive music from three markedly different cultures, beginning with György Kósa’s evocations of rustic Hungary. Jessie Montgomery’s Strum provides a contemporary American perspective while Silvestre Revueltas’ Musica de feria serves as a tangy, Mexican chaser.

Things to know:

  • Dinner seating at 6:30 PM. Come a few minutes early to get a drink at the bar.
  • Featuring a curated menu by Executive Chef Alex Gjonca
  • Café concerts sell out quickly, be sure to reserve your seat early!

More information at https://worcesterchambermusic.secure.force.com/ticket#/events/a0S4M000009PnRGUA0

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