2019-2020 Concerts

2019-2020 Season Tickets and Subscription Very Open Rehearsals Season 14 Guest Artists

 

Season 14

Tickets on sale June 1, 2019

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 Pre-concert talk 1/2 hr. before all of our Main Stage Concerts

 

Simon Dinnerstein, Sonatina (1981)

Opening Night
American Expressions

Annual Tom Keil Memorial Concert

Friday, September 27, 2019  @7:30 PM
Unitarian Church, 9 Ayer Road, Harvard

Saturday, September 28, 2019  @7:30 PM
Curtis Performance Hall, Assumption College
500 Salisbury Street, Worcester

Program
COLEMAN Fanmi Inmen
MONTGOMERY Strum
LENA FRANK Ghost in the Dream Machine
D’RIVERA Afro and Danzon
DVORAK String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, “American”

Highlights:
• A multi-disciplinary celebration of music from the Americas: North, South, and Central
• Featuring 3 celebrated female composers
• Visual projections of artist Simon Dinnerstein’s drawings, the inspiration for Gabriel Lena Frank’s Ghost in the Dream Machine.
• Pre-concert talk 1/2 hour before the concert with Rohan Gregory

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Main Stage
Night Music

With guests Ashleigh Gordon, viola and Rhonda Rider Cello

Sunday, November 3, 2019 @4:00 PM
Curtis Performance Hall, Assumption College
500 Salisbury Street, Worcester

Program
FOOTE A Night Piece
SCHUBERT Notturno
BOCCHERINI Night Music on the Streets of Madrid
SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht

Join the WCMS for a nocturnal program that examines the dark hours from a variety of angles. Arthur Foote’s dreamy A Night Piece and Franz Schubert’s elegant Notturno highlight its amiable sides. Meanwhile, Luigi Boccherini’s Night Music on the Streets of Madrid evokes a city that never sleeps and Arnold Schoenberg’s lush Verklärte Nacht probes the depths of the human psyche.

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Holiday Baroque  SOLD OUT
A Seasonal Offering

With guest Andrus Madsen, harpsichord 

Thursday, December 5, 2019 @7:30 PM
Worcester Historical Museum
30 Elm Street, Worcester

Program
BACH Selections from A Musical Offering
VIVALDI The Four Seasons

What to expect:
• Considered by many to be Bach’s Magnum Opus, this program opens with a healthy taste of A Musical Offering.
• Virtuosity abounds as violinists Krista Buckland Reisner, Rohan Gregory, Mark Berger, and Peter Sulski each take on one of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
• Pre-concert talk at 7 PM by guest Andrus Madsen

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Very Open Rehearsals

September 22, 2019
January 5, 2020
March 29, 2020

Imagine you are seated just a few feet away from 3 or 4 amazing musicians – watching and listening to the rehearsal process. The experience is exhilarating, fun, and one you will never forget. Our gracious hosts will prepare a delicious dinner with wine following the rehearsal.

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Community Series
Music on Main

With Neighborhood Strings and special guests
Worcester Popup
20 Franklin Street, Worcester

Friday, November 8, 2019 @5:30 PM
KLEZMER
World-renowned Klezmer band, Shirim led by clarinetist Glenn Dickson, will be joined by WCMS musicians and Neighborhood Strings.

Friday, May 22, 2020 @5:30 PM
VOICES OF THE MIDDLE EAST
Syrian composer Kareen Roustroum is steeped in the musical traditions of the Near East and trained in western classical and jazz. He has collaborated with a wide variety ranging from the Kronos Quartet to Shakira. WCMS musicians and Neighborhood Strings will perform several of his pieces.

This concert series is free and informal, focused on bringing the community together through music.
Funded in part by a grant from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation’s Creative Community Mini-Grant program.

 

Café Concert
A Slice of Pie

With guest Peter Clemente, guitar

Thursday, January 9, 2020
6:30 PM dinner seating, 7:45 PM concert
Volturno Restaurant
72 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

Program
FALLA Suite Populaire Espagnole
PONCE Sonata Meridional
SCHUBERT Quartet for flute, viola, cello, and guitar

Highlights:
• Spanish music paired with Italian food to warm up the winter blues!
• Dinner will include a gourmet selection of pizza, salads, and dessert by this award-winning eatery.
• Family-style seating creates an opportunity to meet new like-minded music lovers.
• Café concerts sell out quickly- be sure to order your tickets early!

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Annual Free Family Concert
A Carnival of Animals 

In Collaboration with The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory of the Performing Arts

With guests William Kirkley, clarinet; Ashe Gordon, viola; Nathan Varga, double bass; Aaron Trant, marimba; and The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory Youth Ballet Company,  Jennifer Agbay, Director

Sunday, March 1, 2020
3:00-4:00 PM
The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory

Program
DEAK Eeyore Has A Birthday
SAINT-SAENS Carnival of the Animals

What to expect:
• A fun concert for the entire family
• A free concert, reservations are required through Hanover Theatre
• Multidisciplinary event with music, dance, and art
• Meet and greet the musicians on stage following the performance

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Café Concert
Of Birds and Flowers


Thursday, March 12, 2020
6:30 PM dinner seating, 7:45 PM concert
Nuovo Restaurant
92 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

Program
SNOWDEN Bird Catching From Above
HAYDN String Quartet Op.64, No.5 “Lark”
PUCCINI String Quartet “I Crisantemi”

As the seasons shift, celebrate the winding down of winter with music inspired by spring. Steven Snowden’s Bird Catching from Above and Haydn’s “Lark” Quartet spotlight avian songs and sounds, while Puccini’s only string quartet, I Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums), provides a pensive counterweight.

Things to know:
• Dinner seating at 6:30 PM. Come a few minutes early to get a drink at the bar.
• Featuring a curated menu by Executive Chef Alex Gjonca
• Café concerts sell out quickly, be sure to reserve your seat early!

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Main Stage
Elegy

Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 7:30 PM
Fitchburg Art Museum
185 Elm Street, Fitchburg

Sunday, April 19, 2020 @ 4:00 PM
Curtis Performance Hall/Assumption College
500 Salisbury Street, Worcester

Program
SCHUBERT Variations on “Trochne Blumen”
BEETHOVEN Piano Trio Op. 70, No. 1, “Ghost”
SCHUBERT String Quartet in D minor, “Death and the Maiden”

Of note:
• This program was curated in conjunction with Fitchburg Art Museum’s upcoming exhibit “Death and the Afterlife”.
• Pre-concert talk 1/2 hour before the concert by Rohan Gregory

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Café Concert
Music at the Fair


Thursday, May 14, 2020 
6:30 PM dinner seating, 7:45 PM concert
Nuovo Restaurant
92 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

Program
KOSA Trio for Flute, Viola, Cello
MONTGOMERY Strum
REVUELTAS Musica de feria

The season’s final concert surveys festive music from three markedly different cultures, beginning with György Kósa’s evocations of rustic Hungary. Jessie Montgomery’s Strum provides a contemporary American perspective while Silvestre Revueltas’ Musica de feria serves as a tangy, Mexican chaser.

Things to know:
• Dinner seating at 6:30 PM. Come a few minutes early to get a drink at the bar.
• Featuring a curated menu by Executive Chef Alex Gjonca
• Café concerts sell out quickly, be sure to reserve your seat early!

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