2022-2023

South Coast

Chamber Music Series

“Welcome to a new season of extraordinary chamber music. From this vast treasury, we will focus on lesser-known works of familiar composers and continue our discovery of creators from all walks of life. In addition to the intrepid NBSO core ensemble, bassoonist Michael Mechanic joins us for a midwinter double-reed fest. Please mark your calendars for five performances bound to uplift and inspire all!”

Janice Weber, Artistic Director

Saturdays, 4 PM
St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church
124 Front Street
Marion, MA
Sundays, 4 PM
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
351 Elm Street
South Dartmouth, MA

Individual Concert Tickets $25. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door.

Save 20% by subscribing to all 5 concerts for just $100! 

Purchase tickets via the links below or call the NBSO office: 508-999-6276 ext. 222

Please note: The venues request that unvaccinated patrons wear masks – which will be available at the door. The policy is subject to change.

LUSTRE

September 24 & 25, 2022

Four brilliant rubies

Germaine Tailleferre – Piano Trio (1917)
David Popper – Nocturne for Cello & Piano
Astor Piazzolla – Four for Tango
César Franck – Piano Quintet (his 200th birthday year)

Ethan Wood, violin
EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, violin
Christopher Nunn, viola
Leo Eguchi, cello
Janice Weber, piano

Begun during the first World War and completed over sixty years later, the Piano Trio of Germaine Tailleferre, sole female composer of “Les Six”, glitters with Gallic luxe and wit. Leo Eguchi performs selections from the magnificent legacy of Bohemian romantic David Popper, whose works focused on his beloved cello. Astor Piazzolla’s Four for Tango packs a universe into seven minutes of stellar dance. Lastly, we celebrate César Franck’s two hundredth birthday with his Piano Quintet, an epic declaration of passion for a woman destined to remain forever beyond him.

Many thanks to Patty Plum Wylde, whose generous Gift of Music has made our opening concert possible. She dedicates her gift to all teachers of music for their devotion to the art of making music eternal.

Tickets are not available at the door.

BENEDICTION

November 26 & 27, 2022

A Thanksgiving finale

Philip Glass – Head On (1967)
Max Bruch – Piano Quintet in g minor, Op. Posth.
Beethoven – String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127

Jesse Holstein, violin
EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, violin
Anna Griffis, viola
Leo Eguchi, cello
Janice Weber, piano
This musical banquet closes the holiday weekend in grand style. A quick, quirky trio by Philip Glass fascinates – then vanishes. Max Bruch’s lyrical Piano Quintet, one of his few chamber works, weaves a delightful spell surprisingly reminiscent of Mendelssohn. In conclusion Beethoven’s sublime E-flat Major string quartet Op. 127, a work of luminescent beauty and genius, evokes deep gratitude for the twin gifts of life and art.

Tickets are not available at the door.

BASSOONIANA

January 14 & 15, 2023

Rootin’ tootin’ revelry

Camille St. Saens – Bassoon Sonata in G Major, Op. 168
Édouard Du Puy – Quintet for Bassoon and Strings
Paul Schoenfield – Café Music
Darius Milhaud – La Création du monde

Jesse Holstein, violin
EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, violin
Christopher Nunn, viola
Leo Eguchi, cello
Janice Weber, piano
Michael Mechanic, bassoon

NBSO bassoonist Michael Mechanic joins us for a program of delectations featuring St. Saens’ rollicking Bassoon Sonata and a rare quintet by Swiss polymath Édouard Du Puy. Outrageously infectious Café Music, inspired by Paul Schoenfield’s one-night stand at Murray’s Restaurant in Minneapolis, fuses jazz, klezmer, and Broadway in a memorable blowout. Icing on the gateau arrives with La Création du monde, Darius Milhaud’s memorable ballet music based on African folk mythology.

Tickets are not available at the door.

TRAVELOGUE

February 25 & 26, 2023

A planetary tour

Missy Mazzoli – Death Valley Junction (2010)
Alexander Borodin – String Quartet No. 2
Vincent d’Indy – Piano Quartet in A Minor, Op. 7

Ethan Wood, violin
EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, violin
Anna Griffis, viola
Peter Zay, cello
Janice Weber, piano

Missy Mazzoli’s Death Valley Junction opens our program with withering heat before the refreshing Piano Quartet in A Minor, Op. 7 by Vincent d’Indy. This unique work offers soulful themes for cello and a ballade for viola before reaching a jovial, quite Parisian, conclusion. The final leg of our journey brings us to Saint Petersburg for Alexander Borodin’s masterful String Quartet No. 2, whose melodies have graced Kismet, Disney’s The Little Matchgirl, and Star Trek: Discovery. Bon voyage!

Tickets are not available at the door.

DREAMCATCHERS

April 29 & 30, 2023

Break the mold

Elfrida Andrée – Piano Trio No. 2 in g minor
William Grant Still – Lyric Quartette (1960)
Leo Ornstein – Piano Quintet

Ethan Wood, violin
EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, violin
Anna Griffis, viola
Leo Eguchi, cello
Janice Weber, piano

The prolific Elfrida Andrée, student of Niels Gade, activist in the Swedish women’s movement, is finally receiving recognition a century after her passing. Her richly turbulent Piano Trio No. 2 in G Minor reflects a momentous inner life. The equally prolific William Grant Still, widely considered the Dean of Afro-American Composers, conceived his Lyric Quartette (Musical Portraits of Three Friends) as a personal journey full of nostalgia and tenderness. Finally, the incredibly prolific Leo Ornstein continues to shock listeners with his Piano Quintet, a work of unforgettable power. Kudos to three heroic creators!

Tickets are not available at the door.

The South Coast Chamber Music Series will comply with all church safety requirements for the 2022-23 concert season.

Please note that the churches are requesting non-vaccinated patrons to wear masks. There are no other restrictions at this time, but please check back here for any changes throughout the season.

The South Coast Chamber Music Series (SCCMS) was formed to present high-quality classical chamber music for the communities of Southeastern Massachusetts. SCCMS held its first subscription series concert on October 20, 2001. Since then, we have performed composers from Bach, Brahms, and Ravel to present-day masters Takemitsu and Piston. Each program presents an engaging array of styles, timbres, and artists in lively acoustic environments in Marion and South Dartmouth. We joined forces with the NBSO in 2014, giving both organizations an opportunity to expand in all directions—more concerts, more musicians, and more music—and are thrilled to connect with our loyal and growing audience.

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