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SCMR Season Opener European Romance

Society for Chamber Music in Rochester opens its 42nd season with European Romance a chamber music concert and wine tasting on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm at CityView Ballroom at the Strathallan Hotel.

ROCHESTER, NY, 12 September 2018 - Society for Chamber Music in Rochester’s (SCMR) opens its 42nd season with European Romance, which features classical music and a wine tasting. In addition, audience members will enjoy an inside look at the repertoire with a pre-concert talk by Artistic Directors and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) Musicians Juliana Athayde and Erik Behr.

Athayde and Behr explain, “we are looking forward to five extraordinary concerts this season that offer collections of the world’s best chamber music played by some of Rochester’s most talented musicians.” Each SCMR concert is a unique event, showcasing both beloved and less familiar works played by ensembles specifically formed for each concert. These distinctive concerts are made possible by enthusiastic support and SCMR’s supporters’ generosity also enables the organization to spread its passion for music appreciation through outreach programs in local schools and community centers.

This first concert is Antonín Dvorák’s lyrical String Sextet; written around the time Dvorák was composing his Slavonic Dances, the Sextet is a quintessentially Czech-sounding work. The concert begins with Strauss’ String Sextet from his final (and perhaps most enchanting) opera, Capriccio. Also featured is the rarely-heard Quintet for Oboe and Strings composed by the British composer Arnold Bax. The piece was composed for British oboist Leon Goosens (brother of former RPO music director Eugene Goosens) and listeners will note the Celtic influence in Bax’s quintet.

SCMR is pleased to continue complimentary wine tastings at intermission. The pre-concert talk is at 3:30pm and the performance begins at 4:00pm. Complimentary valet parking is available at the hotel.