William Derosa: Photo courtesy of MVCMS
William Derosa. Photos courtesy of MVCMS

Trios on the chamber series menu

Posted July 13, 2006

The summer concert series of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society continues on July 17 and 18 with a program of string trios featuring two virtuoso guest artists, cellist William DeRosa and violinist Frank Almond. Concerts will be presented at 8 pm on Monday at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, and on Tuesday at the Chilmark Community Center.

With Delores Stevens, artistic director of the chamber society, at the piano, the ensemble will play the Piano Trio in E-flat Major by Mozart, the Piano Trio #2 in C Major by Brahms, and the Piano Trio #2 in b minor by Joaquin Turina.

Frank Almond is Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Previously he has served as concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and of the London Philharmonic. He maintains an active schedule of solo and chamber music performances in the United States and abroad, and he directs the Frankly Music Chamber Series based in Milwaukee.

Frank Almond: Photo courtesy of MVCMS
Frank Almond.

Mr. Almond holds two degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy Delay. When he's not on the road making music, he lives in Milwaukee with his wife and daughters, Tess and Gabrielle.

William DeRosa has established himself as one of the leading cellists of his generation. Melding artistry, musicianship and exquisite tone, he was described by the late Leonard Rose as "one of the most brilliant cello talents in the world."

Mr. DeRosa regularly collaborates with renowned orchestras such as the Los Angeles and Florida Philharmonics, the Symphony Orchestras of Milwaukee, Utah, and San Francisco and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. As a recitalist, he has performed in such major music venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Music Center in Los Angeles, Chicago's Orchestra Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall, and Jones Hall in Houston.

Mr. DeRosa is also an active chamber musician, performing with many of the world's leading ensembles including the Artis, Emerson, and Cleveland quartets. His festival appearances have taken him to Aspen, Marlboro, and Seattle, as well as Europe and at sea. He has regularly performed on National Public Radio, and has been the subject of documentaries and television specials on PBS and CBS. He has recorded for EMI Classics and Audiofon Records.

Chamber Music Society concert Monday, July 17, 8 pm, Old Whaling Church, Main Street, Edgartown; Tuesday, July 18, 8 pm, Chilmark Community Center, South Road. Tickets $25, students and children free.