Athenaeum sets its 23rd chamber concert series

From Museum Reports

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will present its 23rd season of the Barbara and William Karatz Chamber Concert Series with six 7:30 p.m. concerts in the library’s Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room, 1008 Wall St.

Each concert is followed by a reception with the artists. Seating is on a first-come, first- seated basis. Only members at the Donor level and above receive reserved seating.

Here is the “program”:

■ The series opens Sunday, Oct. 7 with Brazilian

guitarist Odair Assad

  1. For more than 40 years, Assad has been performing worldwide with his brother Sergio, forming an exceptional guitar duo.
■ On Thursday, Nov. 15

baritone Nathan Gunn

will perform. He has appeared internationally at renowned opera houses. Gunn’s solo album, “Just Before Sunrise,” was released on Sony/BMG Masterworks.

■ Sunday, Jan. 20

cellist Joshua Roman

, dubbed a “Classical Rock Star” by the press, will perform a range of repertoire. For his ongoing creative initiatives on behalf of classical music, Roman was named a 2011 TED Fellow, joining a select group of Next Generation innovators with the potential to positively affect the world.

■ Saturday, Feb. 2,

violinist Jennifer Koh

will take the stage. She is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance.

■ Tuesday, Feb. 12, will feature the Grammy Award– winning

Parker Quartet

, which has won the Concert Artists Guild Competition, as well as the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France.

■ The series ends on Tuesday, March 5 with the

Horszowski Trio

, whose repertoire spans the traditional and the contemporary. They seek to perform works from the trove of composers with whom the legendary pianist Mieczysław Horszowski (1892–1993) had personal contact, such as Saint-Saëns, Fauré, and Granados. Two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills; founding cellist of the prize-winning Daedalus Quartet, Raman Ramakrishnan; and pianist Rieko Aizawa will perform.

The concerts are made possible, in part, with fund- ing from the City of San Di- ego through a program man- aged by the Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego.


■ Series (6 concerts): $223 member/$253 nonmember

■ Single concert: $35–$50

■ Phone: (858) 454-5872

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