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Archduke Weekend: All Beethoven!

Garth Newel Music Center begins its 39th season with three All-Beethoven performances on the weekend of May 4-6. The “Archduke Weekend” is the music center’s annual season kick-off and this year’s program features five of Beethoven’s masterworks -- the Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major and the Cello Sonata in A Major on Friday, May 4, the “Kreutzer” Sonata for Violin and Piano and the Piano Sonata in E Major on Saturday, May 5 and the “Archduke” Piano Trio on Sunday, May 6.

The Saturday, May 5 performance will also include the presentation of the 2012 CMAcclaim award to the Music Center. Presented by Chamber Music America, the award brings national recognition to individuals and organizations whose work in chamber music has significantly enriched the cultural life in a locality or region. Garth Newel Music Center and the Rochester (NY) Chamber Music Society are this year’s two recipients.

The Garth Newel Piano Quartet, resident artists at the music center, is digging deeply into Beethoven’s canon to start the 2012 season. “We chose pieces from Beethoven’s early, middle and late periods,” says GNPQ pianist and Co-Artistic Director Misuzu Tanaka. “These are all major works by one of the great masters and they’re absolute crowd pleasers. The Archduke Weekend sets an exciting tone for the whole season.”

“These three Archduke programs are a fantastic way to launch the season,” adds Chris Williams, Garth Newel Music Center’s Executive Director “and they’re only the beginning of what promises to be a great summer of music.

The Friday (May 4) and Saturday (May 5) concerts begin with cocktails at 6pm (cash bar). The concerts begin at 7pm and optional dinners will be served following each of the performances. Sunday’s concert begins at 11am and an optional brunch follows.


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