The Chamber Music Society of Sacramento begins its new season with concerts in Sacramento on Sunday, Sept. 15, in Capistrano Hall at Sacramento State and in Davis on Saturday, Sept 21., at Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road in Davis. Both concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The guest artist for these concerts will be pianist Gwendolyn Mok. Currently the coordinator of keyboard studies at San Jose State, Mok began her career at the Juilliard School of Music. She attended Yale University, where she completed her undergraduate studies, and State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she earned her doctorate.
Born in New York, Mok has appeared in many of the world’s leading concert halls, including The Barbican, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and The Hong Kong Performing Arts Center.
One of Mok’s teachers was Vlado Perlemuter. In 1927, Perlemuter — then a student of Maurice Ravel — sat at the keyboard of an Erard grand piano and worked his way through Ravel’s entire oeuvre along with the composer. In his 90th year, Perlemuter chose Mok to be the last student to whom he would pass on his knowledge of Ravel. In 1994, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Mok a grant to study with Perlemuter for one year.
The program for the Chamber Music Society’s September concerts includes the Beethoven String Quartet in D Major (Op. 18, No. 3), which was published in 1801 (but despite its designation as “No. 3″ is actually the first string quartet that Beethoven composed); “The Seasons” (also known as “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires”), which is a set of tangos written between 1965 and 1970 by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, which have been rescored for piano trio; and the Piano Quintet in A Major (op. 81) by Antonín Dvorák, composed in 1887 and premiered in Prague the following year, and regarded as one of the great piano trios in classical literature.
Tickets are $28 general, $22 for seniors, $12 for children and students with ID. Tickets and concert information are available online at www.cmssacto.org, by phone at 916-443-2908, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and at the door. Season tickets (seven programs) are $168 general, $132 for seniors. Mini-season tickets (any three concerts) are $78 general, $60 for seniors.
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