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Arts Beat for June 19: Quartet to perform in Rochester on Saturday

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Arts Beat for June 19: Quartet to perform in Rochester on Saturday

JOHANNES STRING QUARTET will perform Mozart, Bart?k and Beethoven to open the Rochester Chamber Music Society season on Saturday, June 24.

By Greg Pahl

Widely acclaimed for their high level of virtuosity, the Johannes String Quartet opens the Rochester Chamber Music Society’s 23rd season on Saturday, June 24, at 4 p.m. in the Federated Church, 15 North Main St. (Route 100), in Rochester.

The afternoon program will include Mozart’s String Quartet No. 20 in D major, K.499, “Hoffmeister;” Bart?k’s String Quartet No. 3 in C-sharp Major; and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131.

The Johannes Quartet consists of four outstanding musicians who take time away from their busy careers to pursue their love of the string quartet literature. This quartet brings together the first American to win the Paganini Violin Competition in 24 years, Soovin Kim; acting Assistant Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony, Julianne Lee; the Principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, C.J. Chang; and former Principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Peter Stumpf, currently on faculty at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

The Johannes has been praised by listeners and critics alike for its special combination of passion, warmth, elegance and poetry. Each member has spent numerous summers at the celebrated Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, birthplace of many of the world’s renowned ensembles. New York appearances include Carnegie Hall and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as frequent performances on Peoples’ Symphony Concerts. Since the Johannes made its acclaimed debut there in 1998, the Chamber Music Society of Philadelphia has presented them each season.

The 2016-17 season opened with their acclaimed annual return to the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Tours this season take them to Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Recent collaborations include Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht with Grammy-winner Kim Kashkashian on viola and renowned cellist Marcy Rosen, Brahms Sextets with members of the Guarneri Quartet, John Dalley and Peter Wiley and two unique programs with Fred Child of Performance Today as host and narrator. Forthcoming is a saxophone quintet written for them and Branford Marsalis by Jorg Widmann. Other new works written for them include William Bolcom’s Octet: Double Quartet, commissioned by the Music Accord presenter consortium for them and the Guarneri and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Homunculus. Their recording of the complete Brahms String Quartets is to be released on Azica.

The concert will be dedicated to the memory of long-time summer resident, Joan Hutton Landis, who passed away on May 7, 2017. Hutton was a brilliant scholar and published poet, a RCMS board member who taught at the Curtis Institute of Music and whose influence brought many accomplished musicians to the series.

Admission is by donation. For information call 767-9234 or visit rcmsvt.org.

MIKADO OPERA SCREENED

Town Hall Theater presents a broadcast of Jonathan Miller’s iconic production of “The Mikado” from the English National Opera at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 23. Town Hall Theater has previously broadcast shows from the National Theatre and the Metropolitan Opera, but this is the first broadcast from the English National Opera at the London Coliseum.

Jonathan Miller’s hilarious and much loved production of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic returns to the London Coliseum almost 30 years after its premiere. This iconic ENO production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Japanese” satire takes the story out of the tiny oriental town of Titipu and sets it in the faintly seedy grandeur of a 1930s English hotel — the perfect place for lampooning targets much closer to home.

Miller’s “glorious production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best comic opera” (Daily Express) has become a true audience favorite and is the perfect treat for the entire family. Its Marx Brother’s inspired song-and-dance take on Gilbert & Sullivan has long been a hit with theatergoers of all ages. Full of high-kicking chorus lines, satirical touches and a wonderfully elegant score it tells the tale of Nanki-Poo and his love for Yum. There’s just one snag. She’s betrothed to Ko-Ko, the new Lord High Executioner. And he needs someone to execute otherwise it’s his own head on the block. Perhaps Ko-Ko and Nanki-Poo can come to some arrangement, without anyone losing their head?

Tickets are $17/ $10 and are available at the THT box office, 382-9222, townhalltheater.org, or in person Monday – Saturday noon to 5 p.m.

STONE COLD ROOSTERS

The Stone Cold Roosters will play at Lincoln Peak Vineyard on Friday, June 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Stone Cold Roosters strut, swing and rock across decades of American music with style. Classic country, swamp-rock, hillbilly-funk, blues, western swing and honky-tonk are just a few of the stops the Roosters make on their continental tour.

The vineyard opens at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Food will be for sale by Antidote of Vergennes, and wine by the glass.

Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket. The Wine Down Friday series happens rain or shine — there’s room on the winery porch in the case of rain. No alcohol may be brought onto the grounds, and please leave your pets at home. Lincoln Peak Vineyard is located at 142 River Road in New Haven. More information is at lincolnpeakvineyard.com.

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN

There will be two live performances this week at Two Brothers Tavern located at 86 Main St. in Middlebury. Join Two Brothers every Wednesday at 9 p.m. for the open mic, an evening of music, comedy or anything else. Two Brothers Lounge is a laid back atmosphere where collaborations and libations fuel creativity. Alternately hosted by Mark Sikora and Kai Stanley, come cheer on your friends or let loose on the stage. It’s free to enter and there is no cover charge.

Then, on Friday, the tavern presents Full Share, at 9 p.m. Full Share is a Rock-based band that plays a mix of classic rock as well as current tunes; from Boston and Billy Squire to Bruno Mars and Kelly Clarkson, Full Share’s music mix is designed to get you on the dance floor. There is a $3 cover charge. For more information, call Two Brothers at 388-0002.

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