10/15/2018 Music At Oakmont

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  • Rosemary Waller


It’s always with great anticipation that we welcome the first artists of the new season, but it’s with special enthusiasm that we greet longtime Oakmont favorites, the Chicago-based Lincoln Piano Trio, returning for its sixth appearance on our stage. Our summer break this year has been unusually long because of last October’s wildfires. The only possible date to reschedule the cancelled Calidore Quartet turned out to be in January 2019. As a result there will be no concerts in October and two in January, when we will have the serendipitous treat of hearing two top-ranked young American ensembles within two weeks, the Calidore and the Dover String Quartets, on Jan. 31 and Feb. 14.

Described by Strad magazine as “sensational” and “bewitching,” and by Gramophone magazine as “models of vibrancy and control,” the Lincoln Trio is made up of Desirée Ruhstrat, violin; David Cunliffe, cello; and Marta Aznavoorian, piano. Each member is an artist of international renown. The trio has performed throughout the US, including appearances at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bryant Park Festival, Ravinia Festival, Green Center, Barge Music, the Indianapolis Symphony Beethoven Chamber Music Series, University of Chicago, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, and in Springfield IL, where the trio was chosen to celebrate the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial with President Barack Obama. International engagements include concerts throughout Europe, Asia, and South America.

For their appearance in Oakmont the Lincoln Trio has chosen works by Gabriel Fauré, Astor Piazzolla, Johannes Brahms, and the multiple award-winning American composer Daron Hagen. An excerpt from the program notes will appear in the Nov. 1 Oakmont News. For the complete notes, please visit our website www.musicatoakmont.org.


As always, we’d like to express our appreciation to the Oakmont Community Foundation for partnering with us in our successful 2018 Donor Drive. We thank all of you who have so generously donated. If you haven’t yet contributed and would like to do so, there will be donor envelopes available at the concert Nov. 8. Donation checks should be made out to Oakmont Community Foundation, with “Music at Oakmont” on the memo line.

If you would like to purchase a season pass for 2018-19, you may do so at the Nov. 8 concert. The pass provides admittance to all 8 concerts, including Nov. 8, for the price of seven. The cost is $140, cash or check made out to Music at Oakmont. If you held a season pass for last season (2017-18), your cost will be $20 less, or $120, since you have already paid for the rescheduled Jan. 31 concert. Single admission, available only at the door before each concert, remains at $20, cash or check made out to Music at Oakmont. Doors open at 1 PM, with seating unreserved.

WHAT: Lincoln Piano Trio

WHEN: Thursday Nov. 8, 1:30 PM

WHERE: Berger Center

ADMISSION: $20 at the door or your season pass


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