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The Ariel Quartet
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The Ariel Quartet

Violin, Violin, Viola, and Cello
Saturday, October 29, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
United Community Church @ South, St. Johnsbury, VT
(formerly South Congregational Church)

"A blazing larger-than-life performance that seemed to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit." —
The Washington Post

We open the season with this dynamic string quartet, founded 16 years ago. The Ariel has since gained an international reputation and earned the coveted Cleveland Quartet Award. They'll perform Beethoven, Widmann, and Dvořák's irresistible American Quartet.

  • Ludwig van Beethoven — String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18
  • Jörg Widmann — Third String Quartet, "Hunting Quartet"
  • Antonin Dvořák — String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, "American"



Hermitage Piano Trio
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The Hermitage Piano Trio

Violin, Cello, Piano
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
United Community Church @ South, St. Johnsbury, VT
(formerly South Congregational Church)

"A performance of such power and sweeping passion it left you nearly out of breath." — The Washington Post

The great Russian musical tradition is embodied in this trio of exciting artists. Their program includes works by Josef Suk, Mendelssohn, and Tchaikovsky's deeply emotional trio, played only as true Russians can.

  • Josef Suk — Elegie, Op. 23
  • Felix Mendelssohn — Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky — Piano Trio in A minr, Op. 50



Varshavski-Shapiro Duo
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The Varshavski-Shapiro Duo

Piano Duo
Sunday, March 12, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
United Community Church @ South, St. Johnsbury, VT
(formerly South Congregational Church)

"Together they form a wonderful piano duo, which can charm even the most versed music lovers." — Gazeta Krakowska (Poland)

One piano/four hands played with wondrous precision and interpretive understanding. We loved them five years ago and are delighted they're back to share the music of Czerny, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Falla.

  • Carl Czerny — Grand Sonata Brilliante in C minor, Op. 10
  • Felix Mendelssohn — Allegro Brilliante, Op. 92
  • Franz Schubert — Fantasia in F minor, D.940
  • Manuel de Falla — Two Spanish Dances from "La Vida Breve"



The Cheng Duo
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The Cheng2 Duo

Cello, Piano
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
United Community Church @ South, St. Johnsbury, VT
(formerly South Congregational Church)

"The obvious affection between the two siblings extends...into the audience, and most importantly, into the music itself." — New York Concert Review

Hailing from Ottawa, the Chengs have performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia and have been featured often on CBC radio. These young artists display both remarkable technique and mature musical perception. This cello–piano twosome will enthrall you.

  • Franz Schubert — Sonata in A minor, "Arpeggione" D. 921
  • Eugène Ysaÿe — Sonata for Cello in C minor, Op. 28
  • César Franck — Sonata in A Major
  • Dmitri Shostakovich — Sonata in D minor, Op. 40
  • Henryk Wieniawski — Scherzo Tarantelle, Op. 16