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Violinist Joanna Kurkowicz. Photos courtesy of the artists
Thankful for the music
The Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society begins the season of gift-giving early this Saturday, Nov. 25, presenting its Thanksgiving weekend concert at 8 pm at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown.
Violist Scott Woolweaver.
This Saturday's performance will feature favorite artists from recent summer concerts of the society, and a mixture of chamber music both familiar and new. Straight from the heart of the chamber music repertoire are the Brahms Piano Quartet in g minor, a Bach Adagio for cello and piano, the Shostakovich Preludes for Violin and Piano and the lively Mozart Piano Quartet in E-flat Major. For fans of contemporary chamber music, there's a special treat in store: Blues for Benni, a 1991 work by the German composer Eduard Pütz.
Joining Ms. Stevens for this performance will be violinist Joanna Kurkowicz and violist Scott Woolweaver from Boston, as well as the cellist Matthias Naegele from the Netherlands.
Pianist Delores Stevens.
He performs regularly with numerous chamber music ensembles, and has recorded with the Koch International, Nonesuch, Musical Heritage and Beyer Records labels.
Cellist Matthias Naegele.
Ms. Kurkowicz is a strong advocate of contemporary music. Her recent solo CD featuring music of Grazyna Bacewicz, released on Chandos Records, has been praised in Fanfare Magazine as "a spectacular release" and was chosen by the Boston Herald as "Best of Year 2001."
Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society concert, Saturday, Nov. 25, 8 pm, Old Whaling Church, Main Street, Edgartown. Tickets $15 or free for students and children. For more information call, 508-696-8055.