Bay Chamber concerts returns to tradition by welcoming several familiar artists for a three-week residency: Geoff Nuttall, violin/viola; Livia Sohn, violin; Christopher Costanza, cello; James Austin Smith, oboe; and Pedja Muzijevic, piano/harpsichord will begin their stay with diverse concerts Thursday and Friday, Aug. 7 and 8.

On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., they will take the Rockport Opera House stage to perform Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F Major, written in 1781; Schumann's Violin Sonata No. 2; Two Fantasy Pieces for Oboe and Piano by Carl Nielsen, such a staple in his native Denmark that hiss portrait appears on the Danish 100-kroner note; and Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1.

On Friday at 9 p.m., the nearby Union Hall will open its doors for a 21-and-older Café Concert concert featuring Couperin's Concerts Royaux in D Major, written for Louis XIV and his court at Versailles; Sequenza VII for Oboe, written in 1969 by Luciano Berio; and Mozart’s Piano Quartet No. 1, written at a time the piano was still in its infancy.

Nuttall co-founded the St. Lawrence String Quartet and as first violinist of this world-renowned foursome has performed more than 1,500 concerts. He has played at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum and at the White house for President Clinton and guests. He is on the Stanford faculty.

Sohn has performed widely on the international stage as a concerto soloist, recitalis, and festival guest in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and New Zealand. She plays on a J. B. Guadagnini violin crafted in 1770 and a Samuel Zygmuntowicz made in 2006. Sohn has been on faculty at the Music Department of Stanford University in California since 2005.

For more than two decades, Costanza has enjoyed a varied and exciting career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. He joined the St. Lawrence String Quartet in 2003 and is an Artist in Residence at Stanford. He performs on an early 18th century Venetian cello once owned by the great cellist Emmanuel Feuermann.

Smith performs equal parts new and old music across the United States and around the world. He spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Leipzig, Germany, at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy; and is an alumnus of Ensemble ACJW, a collaboration of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, the Weill Music Institute and the New York City Department of Education.

Muzijevic has defined his 36-year career with creative programming, unusual combinations of new and old music and lasting collaborations with other artists and ensembles.

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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