Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival kicks off 19th season

The Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival will kick off its 19th season on Sept. 27-28 at A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall on the campus of East Carolina University.

Grammy Award-winning violist Kim Kashkashian will join Ida Kavafian, Hye-Jin Kim, Marcy Rosen, Peter Wiley and festival artistic director Ara Gregorian to perform Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings (arranged for string sextet), Johannes Brahms’ String Sextet No. 2 in G Major Op. 36 and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70.

Ara Gregorian, artistic director of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival and professor of music at ECU .

Ara Gregorian, artistic director of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival and professor of music at ECU (Contributed photo)

The Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival is in residence at the ECU School of Music and will present a full concert season in Greenville and Raleigh, as well as concerts and initiatives in Durham, Greensboro, Charlotte and Southern Shores.

Artists for the Sept. 27-28 season opening will be: Kashkashian, who won the 2013 Grammy Award for best classical instrumental solo and was awarded the George Peabody Medal for outstanding contributions to music in America; Wiley, who has been a cellist for the Guarneri Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio; violinist Kavafian, an artist of the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center and former member of the Beaux Arts Trio; cellist Rosen, a former member of the Mendelsohn String Quartet; violinist Hye-Jin Kim, who won first prize at the Yehudi Menuhin and Concert Artist Guild international competitions; and violinist/violist Gregorian, a former member of Concertante and the Daedalus String Quartet, and a current member of the Cooperstown Quartet.

“The Season Opening Extravaganza brings a star-studded lineup of artists to Greenville,” Gregorian said. “Our guest artists will thrill the audience and I can think of no better program to kick off our 19th season.”

There are seven concerts in the Greenville concert season, which includes four Classic Series concerts, two Chamber Music Dressed Down concerts and one Four Seasons Features concert. Additional Four Seasons initiatives include Winter Workshop 2019, six Next Generation concerts, Children’s Residency XII and Family Night.

IF YOU GO:

For season and individual ticket information, call the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788, or 1-800-ECU-ARTS.

For more information about the festival, go to www.ecu.edu/fourseasons or call 252-328-6019.

Greenville Concert Season

Season Opening Extravaganza: Sept. 27, 7 p.m.; Sept. 28, 8 p.m.; A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall

The Miraculous Bartok: Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.; The Cupola Building

From the Homeland: Nov. 8, 7 p.m.; Nov. 9, 8 p.m.; A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall

Chamber Music Monuments: Feb. 7, 7 p.m.; Feb. 8, 8 p.m. A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall

Brahms the Mentor: Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m.; Location TBA

Four Seasons Features: Bach and the Violin: March 15, 7:30 p.m.; A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall

Thrilling Season Finale: March 28, 7 p.m.; March 29, 8 p.m.; A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall

Additional Greenville Four Seasons Concerts

Next Generation: Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., free; A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall

Winter Workshop Concert I: Jan. 4, 7 p.m., A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall

Winter Workshop Concert II: Jan.  5, 7 p.m., A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall

Winter Workshop Concert III: Jan.  6, 3 p.m., A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall

Next Generation: March 16, 7:30 p.m., free; Wright Auditorium

Next Generation: March 17, 3 p.m., free; A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall

Family Night: April 12, 7 p.m., free; TBA

Spring Celebration: May 12, 4 p.m. TBA

Summer Chamber Music Institute Concert I: June 9, 7 p.m., free; A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall

Summer Chamber Music Institute Concert II: June 14, 7 p.m., free; A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall

Summer Chamber Music Institute Participant Marathon Concert: June 15, 1 p.m.; free; A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall

 

Contact: John Holloway, hollowayjo14@ecu.edu, 252-328-6019