Pianist Margaret Kampmeier returns to the Saratoga Chamber Players to present a concert with violinist Jill Levy on February 3 at 3:00PM in the United Methodist Church, 5th Avenue and Henning Road, Saratoga Springs. The two musicians have been frequent collaborators at recent Saratoga Chamber Players concerts.
One reviewer called Margaret Kampmeier “a master of the keyboard… with perfect poise and sonorous variety….” She is a founding member of the Naumberg award-winning New Millenium Ensemble. She has appeared with the Kronos Quartet, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Colorado Quartet and Peter Schikele.
Jill Levy is now in her 19th season as Artistic Director and violinist of the Saratoga Chamber Players as well as concertmaster of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. The New York Times review of the ASO’s performance at Carnegie Hall in the Spring of 2011 praised her “graceful and fluid” playing.
The concert opens with Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No.4 in A minor, Opus 23, a piece warmly received by the composer’s contemporaries. Next will be Stravinsky’s Divertimento for violin and piano, one of a number of offspring from the composer’s ballet, “Le Baiser de la fée.” it is based on Tchaikovsky songs and evokes the latter’s sweet, delicate melodies but with Stravinsky’s own elements of unpredictability. Also on the program is the work of Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, Fratres, written at a time when religion was frowned upon by the Communist state. The title means “brethren” or “Fraternity” and the music, described as a call to prayer, seems to express Pärt’s search for spirituality. The program ends with the the luscious, romantic piece by Robert Schumann, Sonata, No. 1 in A minor, Opus 105 written in 1851 and first performed a year later by Clara Schumann and violinist Ferdinand David.
Tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors, $12 students and free to accompanied children. The concert is sponsored in part by a grant from the new York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. To charge with Master Card or Visa call 518-928-9664. To learn more, please visit the SCP concert calendar.