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Orion Chamber Ensemble

November 19, 2023 @ 3:00 pm

Orion Chamber Ensemble

Piano Quartet Grandeur

Randall Hodgkinson, piano
Peter Zazofsky, violin
Noriko Futagami, viola
Ronald Lowry, cello

Two piano quartet masterpieces form the cornerstones of this program featuring the addition of guest violist Noriko Futagami. The sunny and optimistic Mozart E-flat major quartet contrasts with the dark, passionate, and brooding quartet in C minor by Johannes Brahms. Also included is the sweet and lyrical one-movement Schubert string trio in B-flat major.

Franz Schubert, String Trio in B-flat major, D. 471
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major, K. 493
Johannes Brahms, Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60

About the Artists

With a history of more than fifteen years, the Orion Chamber Ensemble has developed a robust repertoire of widely known piano trios and lesser known gems. The ensemble welcomes guest violist Noriko Futagami, who will join them in performances of two quartets.

Randall Hodgkinson

Pianist Randall Hodgkinson has performed as a soloist with major orchestras in the United States and abroad. In addition to his work with the Orion Ensemble, he is an artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society. He also performs the four-hand and two-piano repertoire with his wife, Leslie Amper. Mr. Hodgkinson is a faculty member of the New England Conservatory, Wellesley College, and the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge. As a young artist, he won the International American Music Competition and the Tanglewood Music Center’s Cabot Award.

Peter Zazofsky

Violinist Peter Zazofsky has appeared as soloist with many great orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He often is a featured soloist with Israeli orchestras. As first violinist of the Muir String Quartet, Mr. Zazofsky is proud to have performed many complete cycles of the Beethoven quartets, and to have promoted new works by American composers. Early in his career, Mr. Zazofsky won top prizes in the Queen Elisabeth and Montreal International Competitions. He is a faculty member at Boston University and also teaches at New England Conservatory Preparatory School.

Noriko Futagami
Noriko Futagami

Violist Noriko Futagami performs with the Radius Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, Emmanuel Music, Cantata Singers, and Winsor Music. She is principal violist for Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and section violist with Rhode Island Philharmonic and Portland Symphony Orchestra. As principal violist for Albany Symphony in 2014, she participated in a Grammy winning recording of John Corigliano’s Conjurer. Ms. Futagami performs regularly with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera Orchestra, the Monadnock Festival Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, and Boston Landmarks Orchestras. She is a faculty member at Brown University.

Ronald Lowry

Needham Concert Society artistic director Ronald Lowry—praised in the Boston Globe for “superb” musicianship—is principal cellist of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Boston Ballet Orchestra. He performs frequently with the Boston Symphony, both at home and on international tours. He has presented solo recitals at Jordan Hall and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and he has been a guest artist with the Boston Chamber Music Society, the New England Conservatory First Mondays concert series, and the Muir String Quartet. Mr. Lowry teaches at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and the Rivers School Conservatory.




November 19, 2023
3:00 pm
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