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Hearing the GIFTS OF YOUTH

Sage Hall Chamber Music Society Opens Season with Energy and Experience


Northampton, MA - With a new name and a fresh sense of vigor and purpose, the Sage Chamber Music Society (formerly Smith Chamber Music Society) opens their 2013-14 concert season with a celebration of youth. This exciting program is a glimpse into the young lives of two beloved composers, Brahms and Beethoven, with performances of Beethoven’s Serenade in D major, Op. 8, written when he was just 25 years old, and Brahms’ Trio in B major. Brahms composed this trio in 1854 at the age of 21 and revised it in 1889, thirty-five years later, although he did not withdraw the first edition from publication. As a result, the Trio in B major is the only work by Brahms to still exist in two versions, allowing us access to a deeply personal retrospection on his early years as a composer. Pianist Judith Gordon will play a set of five new preludes by acclaimed composer James Primosch, entitled Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift, inspired by poetry of W.H. Auden. Primosch, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, received the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has been commissioned by the Chicago Symphony and Speculum Musicae, among others.

The Sage Chamber Music Society is a core group of musicians drawn from the Music faculty of Smith College; they frequently invite distinguished guest artists from the Valley and beyond to join them, allowing for exciting variety and enormous flexibility in their programming. For this concert, Ronald Carbone, viola, joins Joel Pitchon, violin, Volcy Pelletier, cello, and Judith Gordon, piano. Carbone is principal violist of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra and was for many years an Associate of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Joel Pitchon is currently a member of the New Baroque Soloists, and was concertmaster of Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona in Spain and the EOS Chamber Orchestra in NY. Volcy Pelletier was a recipient of a Fulbright fellowship to study with Bernard Greenhouse at NEC, and was principal cellist of the Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona. Judith Gordon was the Boston Globe’s Musician of the Year in 1997, has been a featured soloist with the Boston Pops, and has worked closely with prominent contemporary composers, including John Harbison, Lee Hyla and Peter Lieberson.

September 29, 4:00 PM
Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College
Free and Open to the Public