Arts in the Village

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Inaugurated in 2001, Arts in the Village is a classical concert series whose purpose is to enrich the community by presenting cultural events that enlighten and inspire. All performances feature world-class talents and take place in historic Goff Memorial Hall, a wonderful venue with outstanding acoustics.

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2016-2017 Arts in the Village Season

October 1, 2016
Cascabel Trio (piano trio)
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The Boston-based Cascabel Trio is noted for performances of uncommon passion and virtuosity in repertoire spanning three centuries. Violinist Piotr Buczek, cellist Timothy Roberts, and pianist Janice Weber present a program celebrating the advent of autumn with a late, artfully Viennese trio by Mozart and masterworks by Dvorak and Brahms, composers whose mutual inspiration and long friendship brought the Austrian, Hungarian, and Bohemian styles to their arch-romantic apotheosis. Buczek is a founding member of the Penderecki Quartet, Roberts has performed in the US and Europe with numerous symphonies and ensembles, and Weber is now the artistic director of New Bedford’s South Coast Chamber Music Series.

November 5, 2016
Euclid Quartet (string quartet)
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This concert presents three celebrated classics direct from Vienna. From the bristling, mysterious energy of Schubert’s Quartettsatz through Haydn’s renowned “Sunrise” to Beethoven’s first “Razumovsky,” these works are all beloved for their drama and beauty. One of the most well-regarded ensembles of its generation, the Quartet features violinists Jacob Murphy and Jameson Cooper, violist Luis Enrique Vargas, and cellist Si-Yan Darren Li. It is the first American string quartet to be awarded a top prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Library of Congress.

February 4, 2017
Sarasa Ensemble (two cellos and a harpsichord)
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Rock musician Frank Zappa once said, “All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.” In a program entitled “Music Fit for a King (or Queen),” Sarasa is delighted to present an especially intimate and integral account of pieces composed for famous kings, queens, and dukes. It is an opportunity to discover works dedicated to those royal patrons who were also avid instrumentalists and who, through their influential musical circles, contributed considerably to the 17th- and 18th-century cello sonata repertoire. Cellists Timothy Merton and Jennifer Morsches, with harpsichord Charles Sherman, perform works by Buxtehude, Gabrielli, Couperin, and J.S. Bach, among others.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Rehoboth Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

March 4, 2017
Cohler & Vitkauskaite (clarinet/piano duo)
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Come enjoy a celebration of chamber music featuring renowned clarinetist Jonathan Cohler and multiple prize-winning pianist Rasa Vitkauskaite. Known throughout the world as today’s foremost clarinet-piano team, the duo has recorded three widely acclaimed CDs and has appeared in concerts and at major festivals around the globe. Cohler recently gave a recital at Beijing’s Central Conservatory, and Vitkauskaite is the winner of the Grand Prix at the Mendelssohn Cup Piano Competition, among many other awards. For this concert, they will be performing great masterworks by Beethoven, Schumann, and D’Rivera.

April 8, 2017
Diane Walsh (solo piano)
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American pianist Diane Walsh has toured the globe, with performances in 46 of the 50 states and in 21 other countries. A Steinway Artist, she is a top prize winner of numerous competitions and has performed as a soloist with many symphony orchestras around the world. In 2009, she was the onstage pianist for the Broadway production 33 Variations. The centerpiece of her program tonight will be the first of Beethoven’s last three sonatas, Sonata No. 30 in E, Op. 109. This short sonata packs a great variety of human feeling into its three movements. The other works will be by composers who influenced Beethoven, or who were themselves influenced by his musical innovations.

All concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evenings at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, Massachusetts 02769. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for early seating and wine bar. New upstairs bathrooms now accessible.

Non-reserved seating. Tickets available at the door, first-come first-seated. Payment by cash or check only.
Please make checks out to “Rehoboth Antiquarian Society.”

For information, call 508-463-5384.

Admission prices:
$18 for general
$16 for seniors
$8 for children & students

Subscription rates (all 5 concerts):
$80 for general
$60 for seniors
$35 for children & students
$160 for families

Musicians who are interested in performing in the Arts in the Village series should contact Carolyn Panofsky, carolyn.panofsky@gmail.com.

The Arts in the Village concert series is sponsored by the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society, local businesses, and individuals.

More Cultural Happenings in the Village:
Rehoboth Contra Dance

Sunday Night Jammers