Monday, July 12, 2010

Pine Mountain Music Festival to present two chamber music ensembles July 17

HOUGHTON -- Pine Mountain Music Festival will present a special evening of chamber music at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, at Portage Lake United Church in Houghton. The Festival is hosting two chamber music ensembles: the Belden Piano Quartet, and the violin-cello Duo Piacevole. Tickets are $12, or $10 for students and children and are available at the Rozsa Center Box Office (487-3200) and at the door.

The two ensembles will share the stage for this concert, giving audiences a rare treat of a varied program of chamber music in all its purity, clarity and passion. The program will be announced at the performance, with selections from composers such as Brahms, Kadaly, Mahler, Gliere, Turina, Handel and Faure.

The Belden Piano Quartet. (Photo courtesy Pine Mountain Music Festival)

The Belden Piano Quartet is composed of Matthew Detrick, violin; Clifton Antoine, viola; Maria Crosby, cello; and Hannah Sue Yi, piano. The group is now based in Los Angeles, but got its start in Chicago when three of its members were studying at De Paul University School of Music on Belden Avenue, from which the quartet derives its name. Their aim is to provide high-quality musical experiences in a freer and more spontaneous setting than is usually available to the classical musician of today.

Duo Piacevole. (Photo courtesy Pine Mountain Music Festival)

Duo Piacevole consists of Fangye Sun on the violin and Daniel Tressel on the cello. They formed their duo in 2008 when they met at Michigan State University, where they are currently Doctoral candidates. Fangye Sun is a teacher and a prizewinner at numerous competitions and has performed in China, Japan, Canada and the USA. Daniel Tressel performs in numerous orchestras and is also a composer.

The Resident Chamber Musicians concert is sponsored by Upper Peninsula Power Company.

Visit the Pine Mountain Music Festival Web site for more information.

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