The second week of Bay Chamber Concerts' Summer Series will begin Thursday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. Violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Andrew Tyson will play an array of sonatas by Mozart, Janácek and Beethoven. The following night, July 18, at 9 the intimate setting of nearby Union Hall, Beilman and Tyson will captivate the Café Concert audience with sonatas by Dvorak, Debussy and Beethoven. The Friday Café Concerts, sponsored by Macy's, feature specially curated wines for purchase before the performance.

This duo has been praised for their remarkable talent and passionate performances and the combination promises a delightful evening. Beilman is returning to Bay Chamber for his second season. He has appeared as soloist with the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall, as well as with the London Philharmonic. Beilman studied at the Music Institute of Chicago, the Curtis Institute of Music and the Kronberg Academy.

Hailed by BBC Radio 3 as "a real poet of the piano," Tyson is emerging as a distinctive and important new musical voice, consistently recognized for commanding and expressive performances. Tyson has performed throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music and later earned his master's degree and Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School.

Thursday night will begin with Mozart's Violin Sonata in G Major, K. 301, one of 33 sonatas he wrote for piano and violin and consisting of two movements. Janácek was a Czechoslovakian nationalist, strongly influenced by the folk music of his native land. His Violin Sonata was conceived in 1914 and reflects the angst that pervaded the outlying territories of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the outbreak of World War I. Beethoven's Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 10 in G Major, written for the French violinist Pierre Rode and dedicated to Archduke Rudolph, is known for its richness and complexity.

Friday offers Dvorak's Sonatina in G Major, Op. 100; Debussy's Sonata for Violin and Piano, was written in 1915 as an expression of his French patriotism; and Beethoven's Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in E Flat Major, considered daring by his contemporaries.

Thursday tickets are $45, $10 younger than 21; and 21-and-older-only Friday tickets are $35. They can be purchased in advance by calling 236-2823 or by stopping by Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School, 18 Central St. Tickets also are available in limited quantities at the door prior to concerts. To avoid a $5 per order fee, purchase online at

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