Bosendorfer piano

Context’s 2015⁄2016 Season is a music connoisseur’s dream.


• six engaging programs of exalted music by history’s strongest
composers,
• performed by Context’s internationally-known master musicians,
• played on Context’s gorgeous instruments,
• in an easily-accessible, intimate hall of superior acoustics,
• at 4 pm on Sunday afternoons,
• where you’ll meet others who love music and cherish its
unique power to move and challenge.


September 20, 2015
The season opens with a Mozart Celebration! Pianist Brian Connelly will be joined by violinist Stephanie Chase, violist Joan DerHovsepian, and cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau, in works for 1, 2, 3, and 4 players, on our amazing classical-period piano and string instruments.

October 25, 2015
A Context First! Masterpieces from the early 20th century by Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky—answered a century later by World Premieres from Richard Lavenda and Karim Al-Zand. Featuring clarinetist Richie Hawley in works with strings and piano.

November 22, 2015
In Context’s first program devoted to this visionary composer, a program of ravishing chamber music, songs, and piano solos by Sergei Rachmaninoff. With soprano Carmen Pelton and cellist Norman Fischer.

January 24, 2016
You’ve been begging for this: the great hornist Gail Williams returns for Brahms’ Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano—played on the valveless natural horn as Brahms intended. With the Violin Sonata in A Major, with violinist Stephanie Chase and our gorgeous 1852 Bösendorfer piano.

February 21, 2016
Context’s first performances of two Dvorak masterpieces: the rarely-played (and absolutely heavenly) Quartet in D for Strings and Piano, and the beloved ‘Dumky’ Trio. With violinist Lucy Chapman, violist Joan DerHovsepian, and cellist Michael Kannen. We’ll be playing our luscious Romantic-period instruments.

March 20, 2016
A dazzling season-closer: music of tremendous power and imagination from one hundred years ago during the depths of WW1. Fauré’s 1st Cello Sonata, Szymanowki’s Myths for Violin and Piano, and the Piano Trio by Ravel, a pinnacle of the repertoire. With violinist Axel Strauss and cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau.

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All perfomances are Sundays, 4 pm
Duncan Recital Hall
Alice Pratt Brown Hall
Rice University


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