Biava quartet. Photo courtesy of MVCMS
Biava quartet. Photo courtesy of MVCMS

Back to the classics

Posted August 10, 2006

After an excursion into the world of jazz this week, the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society returns to its roots on August 14 and 15 with the fifth and final concerts of its summer season.

Performances on Monday at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown and on Tuesday at the Chilmark Community Center will feature the renowned oboist, Humbert Lucarelli, together with the Biava String Quartet and double bassist Ann Trout, playing a program of classic compositions by Mozart, Schumann, and Puccini. Also on the program will be La Oraccion del Torero (The Bullfighter's Prayer), a 1926 piece by the great Spanish composer Joaquin Turina; the Aria from John Corigliano's 1985 Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra; and the premiere of a piece written for Mr. Lucarelli by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec.

According to a press release provided by the society, Bert Lucarelli has been hailed by The New York Times as "America's leading oboe recitalist." He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and Asia, playing and recording with some of the world's leading conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Fiedler, James Levin, Sir Georg Solti, Leopold Stokowski and Igor Stravinsky.

The Biava String Quartet was a popular favorite of last summer's chamber music series. Since winning the 2003 Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the quartet has quickly established itself as one of the top young American ensembles. Recent graduates of the New England Conservatory of Music, the members of the quartet - violinists Austin Hartman and Hyunsu Ko, violist Mary Persin and cellist Jacob Braun - are now teaching assistants to the Tokyo Quartet at Yale University.

Bassist Anne Trout is active as a chamber music performer and orchestral musician throughout North America and has recorded with such major labels as Telarc, Sony Classical, and London. In Boston she has served as a principal player for the Handel & Haydn Society, the Boston Bach Ensemble, and Boston Baroque. She serves on the faculties of the Groton School, Boston College, and Longy School in Cambridge.

Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music concerts, Monday, Aug. 14, Old Whaling Church, Main Street, Edgartown and Tuesday, Aug. 15, Chilmark Community Center, South Road, both at 8 pm, and tickets are $25 or free for students.