Our Annual June Concert Series

Thank you to those of you who were able to join us and to those who supported us in so many ways for another successful Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle season. All of the stellar musicians who performed on the Olin Hall stage this year, whether joining HVCMC’s Artistic Directors Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson or appearing on our series for the first time, felt warmly welcomed and appreciated. Click the gray “Learn More” button on the lower right to see (and hear) some snippets of this year’s three grand performances in Bard’s Olin Hall.

We have already begun identifying artists for our June 2024 Concert Series and with your support of our mission, your participation, and your generosity we will be able to continue to bring you the quality of concerts you have come to appreciate and expect in the years ahead.

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ESPRESSIVO! at Olin Hall

Formed in 2022, TRIO SEOUL’s founding members — violinist Jinjoo Cho, cellist Brannon Cho, and pianist Kyu Yeon Kim — are winners and laureates of more than 20 international competitions and awards combined. The city of Seoul is a dynamic symbol of the ensemble’s cultural roots as well as their artistic intensity, which they’re sure to bring to their summer program at HVCMC:

• Dmitri Shostakovich:  Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8
• Cécile Chaminade:  Piano Trio No. 2 in A minor, Op. 34
• Uzong Choe:  Scattered Dreams
• Anton Arensky:  Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32

June 24, 2023  | 
Olin Hall
Recent recipients of a 2023 Avery Fisher Career Grant and winners of the 14th Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2022, the New York City-based Isidore String Quartet was formed in 2019 with a vision to revisit, rediscover, and reinvigorate the repertory.  Heavily influenced by the idea of “approaching the established as if it were brand new, and the new as if it were firmly established,” the quartet, much to our delight, will perform the following program this summer:

• Dinuk Wijeratne:  The Disappearance of Lisa Gherardini
Billy ChildsString Quartet No. 2, Awakening
Felix MendelssohnQuartet No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 44, No. 3

June 10, 2023  | 
Olin Hall

Four great artists with a passion for chamber music have formed an exciting new quartet that is bound to become an audience favorite. Anna Polonsky (piano), Jaime Laredo (violin), Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt (viola), and Sharon Robinson (cello) are all known for wonderfully expressive playing, so ESPRESSIVO! was the perfect name for this new quartet of piano and strings. HVCMC is delighted to have our Artistic Directors, Jaime and Sharon, kick off the season with their new quartet and the following program:

• Rebecca Clarke:  Morpheus for viola and piano
• Gabriel Fauré:  Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15
• Johannes BrahmsPiano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26

June 3, 2023  | 
Olin Hall
Anna Polonsky (piano), Jaime Laredo (violin), Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt (viola), Sharon Robinson (cello)
Thank You for Your Support

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 70th Anniversary Gala at the magical Astor Dairy Barns ! With your help and support, the Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle can continue its mission of bringing exceptional chamber music to the Hudson Valley, celebrating works from the chamber music canon and championing young musicians and composers.

We are grateful to violinist Jennifer Koh for her performance of works by J.S. Bach and Missy Mazzoli, and to our sponsors, Board of Directors, and brave guests who, despite the weather, made the day a shining success! Indeed, in the words of Kevin McEneaney of The Millbrook Independent :

“This concert was nearly an out-of-body experience.”

May 20, 2023  | 
Astor Dairy Barns
photo of Jennifer Koh by Juergen Frank
2022 June Concert Series

Featuring Jamie Laredo (violin), Sharon Robinson (cello), Benjamin Hochman (piano), and Nokuthula Ngwenyama (viola)

Mozart: Piano Quartet in Eflat Major, K.493
Nokuthula Ngwenyama: ELEGY
Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1, Op.25

June 25, 2022  | 
Olin Hall
Laredo, Robinson, Hochman, and Ngwenyama
2022 June Concert Series

“The Keyboard Reimagined”

  • Julia Wolfe – Dark Full Ride (Part I)
  • Caroline Shaw – Taxidermy
  • Jason Treuting – Nine Numbers 4
  • Kendall Williams – Melodic Concept III
  • Darian Donovan Thomas – Stephon Clark
  • Vijay Iyer – Torque
June 18, 2022  | 
Olin Hall
Treuting, Sliwinski, Cha-Beach, Quillen,
2022 June Concert Series

• Bach:  Art of the Fugue (selections)
Borodin:  Quartet No. 2 in D Major
• BartokString Quartet No. 1 in A Major

June 4, 2022  | 
Olin Hall
Setzer, Drucker, Watkins, Dutton
Celebrating Our 70th Anniversary Year
Regretfully, we are postponing until next fall our May 3rd Cabaret Gala featuring the esteemed opera diva Stephanie Blythe at the Kaatsbaan Cultural Park for Dance in Tivoli, NY. The health and safety of our cherished supporters and talented performers is our greatest priority.
We hope to celebrate our anniversary milestones with additional events next fall and winter. That said, we are staying mindful of on-going cancellations and postponements. Please stay tuned for updates, and consider listening to great music at home or online for the solace it brings.
Date & Time TBA
view from the grounds of Kaatsbaan
Celebrating Our 70th Anniversary Year

This summer would have marked HVCMC’s 70th June Concert Series. So it is with enormous regret that we have decided to cancel our June concert series this year. The reason is obvious and it is the responsible thing to do. We hope to have the same performers from this year appear in our June Concert Series next year, because our scheduled program would have been spectacular. Take solace in the next best thing — recorded performances by the esteemed performers we’ll be missing this year that you can view by clicking the “Learn More” button below.

•  The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio plus guests Nokuthula Ngwenyama, violist and composer, and Harold Robinson, double bass
• The Omer Quartet
Matt Haimovitz, cello, and Andrea Lam, piano

Date & Time TBA
CameraMusic Presents...

We at HVCMC were thrilled to co-sponsor a performance by our very own Artistic Directors, cellist Sharon Robinson and violinist Jaime Laredo, along with CameraMusic, a program of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, designed to keep audiences engaged, and artists employed, by connecting them to each other live over the internet.  Viewers enjoyed the program by joining us here on the homepage of HVCMC.org where we livestreamed the concert on Saturday, May 30 — “doors opened” a half hour before the performance began at 8pm EST and included:

• Handel/Halvorsen: Passacaglia for Violin and Cello
• Mozart: Duo for Violin and Cello, after KV 423 in G major
• Erwin Schulhoff: Duo for Violin and Cello
• Andy Stein: Tango, from Suite for Two for Violin and Cello

Click the “Learn More” button to watch a recording of this exquisite performance.

May 30, 2020  | 
Livestreamed on HVCMC.org
Thank you for joining us at Midwood!

Thanks to our loyal friends and some welcome newcomers, our Annual Fall Benefit Concert at Joan Davidson’s beautiful Germantown estate was a great success!  It was a beautiful day, the Bard Conservatory musicians organized by our estimable Advisory Director Joan Tower were spectacular, and we trust all enjoyed their performance and the after-concert refreshments.

October 19, 2019  | 
2019 June Concert Series

with guest flutist Tara Helen O’Connor

• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Flute Quartet in C major, K.Anh.171/285b
• Fritz Kreisler:  String Quartet in A minor
• Franz Schubert:  String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, ‘Death and the Maiden’

June 29, 2019  | 
Olin Hall, Bard College
photo: Andreas Hafenscher
2019 June Concert Series

• Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Pas de Trois (Local Premiere, Co-Commissioned by HVCMC)
• Robert Schumann: Six Études in Canonic Form, Op. 56
• Maurice Ravel:
Piano Trio
• Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D minor

June 22, 2019  | 
Olin Hall, Bard College
photo: Christian Steiner