New York-Based Ensemble Opens Chamber Music Series in Mill Valley

After an almost two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 shutdown, the live music purveyors at the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society will once again welcome artists and musicians from around the world to perform as part of the 49th season of their annual Chamber Music Concert Series.

“I’m so delighted that we are back with live performances for our 2021-2022 season,” MVCMS artistic director and longtime board member Bill Horne says in a statement. “The Board and I have been working for over a year to create an incredible season of world-class musicians that we are thrilled to present right here in Marin.”

The new season of MVCMS’s Chamber Music Concert Series features five concerts featuring internationally recognized talents appearing at the intimate Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church in Mill Valley. The season opens this weekend with a performance by The Manhattan Chamber Players on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 5pm.

All the members of the New York-based ensemble are impressive independent soloists, members of professional string quartets, piano trios, or other chamber groups. The group even boasts two world-renowned composers. Together, the musicians of the Manhattan Chamber Players all share a desire to come together and perform the great chamber repertoire as often as they have the opportunity.

For the concert on Nov. 14, the ensemble will perform Franz Schubert’s “Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667,” also known as “Trout;” and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Piano Quintet in C minor;” all without the need for a conductor.

In fact, each group or artist who appears in the the upcoming 2021-2022 Chamber Music Series performs without a conductor, something that makes MVCMS different from other chamber music organizations.

“I think it’s exciting for musicians to play chamber music without a conductor because every musician can interpret the music differently and in their own unique way,” Horne says in a statement. “This shared experience with your fellow musicians is so important and when it all comes together it is simply incredible.”

Following the concert on Nov. 14, MVCMS continues its 2021-2022 season with a concert from Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev on Jan. 23, 2022; a performance by the Horszowski Trio on Feb. 27, 2022, in partnership with the Bay Area Music Consortium; a show featuring local group Quartet San Francisco on Mar. 27, 2022; a concert by the New Esterhazy Quartet on Apr. 10, 2022; and the season-ending Young Artists’ Concert from the Marin Music Chest on May 15, 2022.

In the interest of public health and safety, the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society policy requires ticket-holders to wear masks during the entire concert and to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Patrons will be asked for proof of vaccination to enter the church. Unvaccinated adults and unvaccinated children 12 and under will not be admitted at this time.

“We have missed our patrons a great deal,” MVCMS Board President Jane Rogers says in a statement. “And we’ve all worked so hard to not only present an exciting season, but most importantly a safe environment for our performers and patrons.”

The Manhattan Chamber Players perform the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society’s season-opening concert on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley. 5pm. $40 , free for youths 13–18; $105 for 3 concert subscription (any 3 concerts), or $145 for the entire season subscription (5 concerts).

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.
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