First Chairs and a Birthday Bash
Rockport — Bay Chamber’s First Chair All Stars concerts, always a treat both for audiences and for the exceptional musicians performing, return Thursday and Friday, Aug. 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. In addition to featuring Boston Symphony’s long-time concertmaster Joseph Silverstein, six other principal players from America’s great orchestras will perform.
The Aug. 23 program will be devoted to favorite chamber music works by Antonin Dvŏrák. On Aug. 24, Bay Chamber will honor Silverstein’s 80th birthday and his life in music with works of Rossini, Mozart and Brahms. Silverstein will be joined on both nights by Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Michael Ouzounian, principal viola of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Robert deMaine, principal cello of the Detroit Symphony; and Timothy Cobb, principal bass of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
The Dvŏrák program includes Terzetto in C Major for two Violins and Viola, Op. 74; Quintet for two Violins, two Violas and Cello in A Minor, Op. 1; and Quintet for String Quartet and Bass in E Flat Major, Op. 97. Silverstein’s Birthday Bash Aug. 24 will feature Rossini’s String Sonata No. 4 in B Flat Major for two Violins, Cello and Bass; Mozart’s String Quintet No. 2 in C Minor, K. 406; and Brahms’ String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111.
Tickets are $30 for value seating, $40 prime seating. Discounts are available with subscription, and tickets for those younger than 19 are $8. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Bay Chamber Concerts at 236-2823 or toll-free at (888) 707-2770; or online at baychamberconcerts.org, where full performer biographies and program notes may be enjoyed.
Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or email@example.com.