Chamber Music Rochester Performs at RIT, March 26




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Next up in Rochester Institute of Technology’s Performing Artists Series is Chamber Music Rochester (formerly the Society of Chamber Music) at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 26 in Ingle Auditorium, Student Alumni Union.

The concert features Chamber Music Rochester’s Viennese Classics performed by members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble.

Performers are David Brickman (violin), Roberta Crawford (viola), Stefan Reuss (cello) and Michael Salmirs (piano).

The Schubert and Mozart program includes Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major for Violin, Viola, and Cello, D. 471, by Franz Schubert, Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Quintet in A Major, D. 956 “The Trout,” by Franz Schubert, with guest bassist Michael Griffin.

Inspired by a shared passion for chamber music, the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble began performing as a group in 1990.

Violinist David Brickman is concertmaster of the Rochester Chamber and Skaneateles Festival Orchestras. After spending a season with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and another with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, he returned to his native New York in 1989 to join the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as its principal second violinist.

Violist Roberta Crawford is associate director and founding member of the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble. As a recitalist and chamber musician, she’s participated in music festivals throughout the United States and in the Caribbean. An advocate of new music, she has premiered numerous works featuring viola.

Pianist Michael Salmirs, a founding member and artistic director of the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, has appeared as soloist with the Corning Philharmonic, Binghamton University Orchestra and Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.

Stefan Reuss began playing the Cello when he was 12 years old. Besides being principal cellist of the RPO, he is a member of the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, co-artistic director of Chamber Music Rochester. He also directs a series of Salon Concerts at the Academy of Medicine.

Special Guest bassist Michael Griffin is the assistant principal bassist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been active in the upstate New York area since 1985, playing with the Syracuse Symphony, Albany Symphony, St. Cecilia Chamber Orchestra and Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, as well as the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Griffin plays an early 19th century northern Italian bass.

Tickets—$18 for the public—are available at the Student Alumni Union candy counter and game room or at the door on concert night, if available. For credit card phone orders, call 475-2239. For more information, visit www.davidigital.com/concert.

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