2022–2023 Preview
Celebrating our 30th Season!

For our 30th Season we present an outstanding series of concerts at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY. This remarkable hall is noted for its fine acoustics and is ideally suited to chamber music and other intimate concerts generating enthusiasm from audience and performers alike.

Howland has been one of our favorite places to perform over the years; we love the beautiful space, of course, but developing a relationship with your warm, enthusiastic audience has been a truly special experience for us.

         — Daedalus Quartet

Howland Chamber Music Circle is a world-class concert series that makes it possible to experience the highest quality music-making in a welcoming, open atmosphere.
         
—
Gilles Vonsattel

Each season most of our concerts sell out, so subscribe early to guarantee your participation in our exciting new season.

2022–2023 Program Schedule:

Verona Quartet with JIJI, guitar
September 11, 2022


Hailed by The New York Times as an “outstanding ensemble,” they are one of the most decorated string quartets of its generation. The Verona Quartet has quickly earned a reputation for their “interpretive strength…robust characterization [and] commanding resonance” (Calgary Herald).

Applauded by the Calgary Herald as “… talented, sensitive…brilliant,” JIJI is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar, playing a wide range of music from traditional and contemporary classical to free improvisation.

JIJI will join the Verona Quartet in a performance of the Boccherini Quintet in D, Fandango.

Parker Quartet
October 2, 2022

“something extraordinary” The New York Times

“exceptional virtuosity [and] imaginative interpretation” The Washington Post

Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation, dedicated purely to the sound and depth of their music. The Quartet has appeared at the world’s most important venues since its founding in 2002.

One of our favorite ensembles, the Parker Quartet will be returning for the fourth time to our concert series.

Lara St. John, violin
Ronn Yedidia, piano

October 23, 2022

Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John has been described as "something of a phenomenon" by The Strad and a “high-powered soloist” by the The New York Times.

Performing for us for the first time, and accompanied by pianist Ron Yedidia, Lara St. John has appeared in major concert halls, here and abroad. The Los Angeles Times wrote Lara St. John happens to be a volcanic violinist with a huge, fabulous tone that pours out of her like molten lava. She has technique to burn and plays at a constant high heat.” She also owns and runs her own label, Ancalagon, which she founded in 1999.

For us she will perform a varied program including works by Beethoven, Debussy, Jessie Montgomery, Milica Paranosic, and Ronn Yedidia.

PUBLIQuartet
November 13, 2022


Applauded by The Washington Post as “a perfect encapsulation of today’s trends in chamber music,” PUBLIQuartet’s creative, interactive programming presents contemporary works, original compositions, and improvisations expanding the role of the string quartet. In 2019 the group received their first Grammy nomination for their sophomore album, Freedom & Faith, cementing them as one of the premiere new music groups of our time. They served as artist-in-residence at top institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and National Sawdust and appeared at a wide variety of venues and festivals, from Carnegie Hall and the Newport Jazz Festival to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

 

Frederic Chiu, piano
January 15, 2023

New York Newsday writes “Every detail—thought through, internalized and spun into golden sound—matters.”

Frederic Chiu, appearing in our series for a second time, performs in major venues across five continents. He collaborates with classical music friends Joshua Bell, Pierre Amoyal, Gary Hoffman, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet, as well as non-Classical friends like jazz pianist Bob James, writer/storyteller David Gonzalez, Shakespearean actor Brian Bedford, and the clown Buffo, trying to bring the vivid live concert experience to as many people as possible.

For us, Frederic Chiu will perform works of teenage Chopin and Mendelssohn.

Zhu Wang, piano
January 29, 2023  

2022–23 Season Founders Concert

Zhu Wang’s “sensitive and engaging performances exhibit a remarkable depth of musicianship and poise beyond his age.” (Fou T’song, world-renowned pianist)

Praised for his “technical mastery and deep sense of lyricism,” (The Durango Herald), pianist Zhu Wang was awarded First Prize in the 2020 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He is the winner of many other competitions, including being one of three finalists in the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition, and he has been a featured soloist on WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase and WFMT’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts.

Drew Petersen, piano
February 19, 2023

“Mr. Petersen had technique to spare during the dazzling episodes and plumbed the piece for tenderness and lyricism that many pianists gloss over,” The New York Times.

Acclaimed young American pianist Drew Petersen is a sought-after soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He has been praised for his commanding and poetic performances of repertoire ranging from Bach to Zaimont and is the recipient of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, 2017 American Pianists Award, and the Christel DeHaan Fellow of the American Pianists Association.

In his first HCMC appearance with us, Mr. Petersen’s program will include Schumann’s Carnaval, Corigliano’s Etude-Fantasy and Rachmaninoff’s second sonata.

Gabriela Martinez, piano
March 5, 2023


Lauded by The New York Times as "compelling, elegant, and incisive," Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez is quickly establishing a reputation and earning praise as a versatile artist who combines "panache and poetry" (Dallas Morning News) with a "sense of grace and clarity" (The Star Ledger). Versatile, daring, and insightful, she is establishing a reputation both nationally and internationally for the lyricism of her playing, her compelling interpretations, and her elegant stage presence. This is her first appearance in our series.

 

Kenneth Overton, baritone
March 26, 2023


Kenneth Overton is lauded for blending his opulent baritone with magnetic, varied portrayals that seemingly “emanate from deep within body and soul.”  Kenneth Overton’s symphonious baritone voice has sent him around the globe, making him one of the most sought-after opera singers of his generation. Kenneth is a 2020 GRAMMY AWARD WINNER for Best Choral Performance in the title role of Richard Danielpour’s The Passion of Yeshua with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by JoAnn Falletta.


Mr. Overton’s program for us is a celebration of American Music, including spirituals, classical art songs and selections from The Great American Songbook.

Inbal Segev, cello
Juho Pohjonen, piano

April 16, 2023

Inbal Segev’s playing is “characterized by a strong and warm tone . . . delivered with impressive fluency and style” (The Strad); and “first class,” and “richly inspired” (Gramophone). Segev brings interpretations that are both unreservedly natural and insightful to the vast range of music she performs.

Juho Pohjonen is one of today’s most exciting and vibrant instrumentalists. The Finnish pianist performs widely in Europe, Asia, and North America, with symphony orchestras, in recital and chamber music.

Juho Pohjonen returns to our series, this time in partnership with Inbal Segev, in a program of sonatas for cello and piano by Beethoven and Grieg.

WindSync Woodwind Quintet
April 30, 2023


WindSync’s concerts are intimate, joyful, and thoughtfully programmed. The quintet eliminates the "fourth wall" by performing from memory, connecting quickly and memorably with audiences. Recent winners of the Concert Artists Guild and Fischoff competitions, they approach their mixed repertory of wind quintets and arrangements with the highest level of artistic dedication. Hear how the flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon have evolved from a potpourri of orchestral principals to a much-loved standard chamber music ensemble.

Anthony McGill, clarinet
Gloria Chien, piano

June 4, 2023


Hailed for his "trademark brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character" (The New York Times), clarinetist Anthony McGill is one of classical music’s most recognizable and brilliantly multifaceted figures. In addition to his dynamic international solo and chamber music career, McGill is principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic—the first African-American principal player in the organization's history. In 2020, he was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize, one of classical music’s most significant awards given in recognition of soloists who represent the highest level of musical excellence.

Taiwanese-born pianist Gloria Chien has one of the most diverse musical lives as a noted performer, concert presenter, and educator. She was selected by the Boston Globe as one of its Superior Pianists of the year, "… who appears to excel in everything." She made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard