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Sanibel Music Festival

March 3-27
8pm
Sanibel Congregational
Church
2050 Periwnkle Way
Sanibel Island
344-7025


Saturday, March 3
Cavani String Quartet

Winner of the prestigious Naumberg Chamber Music Award, has been described by the Washington Post as “completely engrossing, powerful and elegant.” Chosen to do the Festival’s 2012 Educational Outreach Program at the Sanibel Elementary.
program: Haydn Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op.20; No.2. Bartok Quartet sampler No. 4 & No.5. Ravel Quartet in F major.

Tuesday, March 6
The Weilerstein Trio

Renowned violinist and teacher Donald Weilerstein, his wife, pianist Vivian Hornick Weilerstein, and for this performance cellist Dan McDonough of the Jupiter String Quartet replaces daughter Alisa.
program: Schumann Canons, Beethoven ‘Ghost’ Trio, Dvorak: Piano Trio in G minor

Saturday, March 10
The Jerusalem String Quartet
The first artists to win a second BBC Magazine Award when their Harmonia Mundl recording of ‘Haydn String Quartets Volume 2’ was voted Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year.
program: Beethoven Quartet in G major, Op. 18, No.2; Debussy Quartet in G minor, Op. 10; Brahms: Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2.

Tuesday, March 13
Di Wu
In 2009, Di Wu made her NY Alice Tully Hall recital debut as winner of Juilliard’s William Petsehek Piano Debut Recital Award, was named Artist of the Month by Musical America.com, was awarded a Vendome Virtuoso prize at Lisbon's prestigious Vendome Competition, and won one of the coveted prizes at the thirteenth Van Cliburn International Competition.
program: Scriabin: Enigme, Op. 52, No. 2; Caresse dansée, Op. 57, No. 2 & Sonata No. 7 in F-sharp major, Op. 64; Beethoven: 15 Variations with Fugue in E-flat major, Op. 35, ‘Eroica’; Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5.

Tuesday, March 20
The Claremont Trio
The first winner of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and the only piano trio ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Twin sisters Emily (violin) and Julia (cello) Bruskin formed the Trio with Donna Kwong (piano) at The Juilliard School in 1999. The Trio has received a Critic’s Choice Award from BBC magazine.
program: Mozart: Trio in B-flat major, K. 502; Shostakovich: Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op 67; Mendelssohn: Trio in D minor, Op.49.

Saturday, March 24
American Chamber Players
Violist, author and NPR Music Commentator Miles Hoffman founded the American Chamber Players in 1985 from a core group of artists of the Library of Congress Summer Chamber Festival. Ensemble of piano, string trio, flute and clarinet perform familiar masterpieces, neglected gems and newly commissioned American works in various instrumental combinations ranging from duos through works for the full sextet.
program: Mozart Quartet in C major for flute & strings; Milhaud Suite for Clarinet, Violin & Piano; Bruch Three Pieces op 83 for Clarinet, Viola & Piano, no 5, 6, 7; Bloch Concertino for Flute, Viola & Piano; Divertimento for Flute, Clarinet & Violin, Op. 37; Beethoven Quartet for Piano & Strings in E-flat major, Op. 16.

Tuesday, March 27
Opera Theater of Connecticut
Opera Theater of Connecticut will perform scenes from Puccini in a program titled ‘Puccini Brought to Life.’ Artistic Director Alan Mann will add his witty and informative commentary. Several of the company’s gifted young singers, who have performed at the Festival through the years, have gone on to the Met, the New York City Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
program: Opera Scenes from Puccini and more.


March-April 2012

Tuesday, MARCH 6
THE WEILERSTEIN TRIO


Saturday, MARCH 3
CAVANI STRING QUARTET


Saturday, MARCH 10
THE JERUSALEM STRING QUARTET

Tuesday, MARCH 13
DI WU

Tuesday, MARCH 20
THE CLAREMONT TRIO

Saturday, MARCH 24
AMERICAN CHAMBER PLAYERS

Tuesday, MARCH 27
OPERA THEATER OF CONNECTICUT