August 1, 2014

Chestnut Hill Concerts Announces the 2014 Season


Chestnut Hill Concerts, under the artistic direction of cellist Ronald Thomas, will present four programs of great chamber music this August at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook.  In contrast to last season’s exploration of music by famous romantic composers and their lesser-known contemporaries, the upcoming season will embrace a wider time span, surveying well-known works from the classical era to the early twentieth century.

The forty-fifth season of Chestnut Hill Concerts will take place on August 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2014, all Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m. The season will present fourteen of today’s most distinguished musicians, including four violinists – Jessica Lee, Yura Lee, Jesse Mills, and Todd Phillips — and a violist, Mark Holloway, who will make their series debuts.

Each program has a notable feature. For the first time in several years, on August 1, a Chestnut Hill Concerts program will offer a piano quintet — Brahms’s magnificent F minor, along with Mozart’s G major violin sonata and Shostakovich’s E minor piano trio. The second concert features three of Beethoven’s most famous sub-titled works: his “Moonlight” piano sonata, “Kreutzer” violin sonata, and “Archduke” piano trio. The third concert on August 15 offers Lieder and chamber music — including the French horn — by Schumann and Schubert, and the theme of the final program is “Hungarian Flair,” with music by Dohnanyi, Bartok, and Brahms.

Sponsors of the concerts Guilford Savings Bank, Northstar Wealth Partners,  Phyllis MacDowell, and Dave Rackey & Emily Eisenlohr and Zoe and Mahlon Hale. Essex Savings Bank is the sponsor of CHC’s Kids and Teens Come Free program.

All concerts are Friday nights at 8:00 pm at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate), 300 Main Street in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Subscriptions to the four concerts are $120 (orchestra) and $100 (balcony). Single tickets are $35 for orchestra seats and $30 for the balcony. To purchase tickets, visit or call 203-245-5736. After July 2, contact the Kate box office at 860-510-0453, or visit

Chestnut Hill Concerts 2014 Programs and Artists
All concerts Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m.

Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook

August 1
Brahms’s Great Piano Quintet

Mozart : Violin Sonata in G major, K. 379

Shostakovich: Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 67

Brahms: Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

Jessica Lee and Jesse Mills, violin; Mark Holloway, viola

Ronald Thomas, cello; Rieko Aizawa, piano

August 8

Three Beethoven Masterpieces

Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 no. 2, “Moonlight”

Violin Sonata, Op. 47 “Kreutzer”

Piano Trio in Bb, Op. 97 “Archduke”

Todd Phillips, violin; Ronald Thomas, cello

Benjamin Hochman, piano

August 15

Schumann and Schubert

Schumann:  Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70

Schumann:  Selection of Lieder

Schubert: Auf Dem Strom, D. 943, for soprano, horn, and piano

Schubert: Piano Trio in Eb Major, Op.100

Hyunah Yu, soprano; William Purvis, horn

Jennifer Koh, violin; Ronald Thomas, cello

Mihae Lee, piano

August 22

Hungarian Flair

Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56, for viola and piano

Dohnanyi: Serenade for String Trio, Op 10

Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25

Yura Lee, violin; Dimitri Murrath, viola

Julie Albers, cello; Mihae Lee, piano