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February 7, 2013

A Love Triangle for the Ages

Andover Chamber Music celebrates Brahms & Schumann in Annual Valentine's Concert

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This highly expressive music will be performed by an ensemble of distinguished artists which include pianist Aurelien Pontier who is flying in from Paris just for this concert, violist Roger Tapping and cellist Natasha Brofsky, both faculty members at The Julliard School and the New England Conservatory of Music, mezzo soprano Krista River and violinist Yura Lee. Scolnik, a flutist, will perform with her daughter, pianist Sophie Scolnik-Brower, who also will play a four-hand piano Schumann work with Pontier.

The program includes Schumann’s Adagio & Allegro for cello & piano, the song “Rose, Meer und Sonne” for mezzo and piano, and excerpts from his Piano Works, Op. 85, for four hands. The Brahms works include his two songs for contralto, piano and viola, Opus 91, Clarinet Sonata No. 2 (in a flute transcription) and his poignant Piano Quartet in C minor.

“It’s really beautiful music and a wonderful event to celebrate Valentine’s Day,” Scolnik said.

Scolnik said the Valentine’s concerts are always one of the most popular of Andover Chamber Music’s season.

“We pass out chocolate hearts and try to make it a fun night,” she said.

IF YOU GO: * What: "Portraits of Genius: Brahms & Schumann," by Andover Chamber Music. * Where and When: Saturday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. Salon Concert in Beverly, call for information; Sunday, Feb. 10, 3 p.m. West Parish Church, Andover. * How: Tickets $30. Students get in free and a senior citizen discount is available. Group ticket discounts also available. Tickets can be purchased online at www.AndoverChamberMusic.org, or by calling 978-474-6222 or e-mailing sales@AndoverChamberMusic.org.

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