Sweet summer sounds

Posted July 5, 2007

The Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society opens its 37th summer concert season on July 9 and 10, with concerts Monday evening at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown and Tuesday evening at the Chilmark Community Center.

This pair of performances, the first in a planned five-week season, will feature clarinetist Dimitri Ashkenazy, cellist William DeRosa, violist Scott Woolweaver and the chamber society's artistic director, pianist Delores Stevens. Compositions by Debussy, Britten, and Brahms are on the program.

Mr. Ashkenazy, a native of New York, is an artist familiar to fans of the Island chamber society. He has toured the world as a clarinet soloist and has recorded for the Pan Classics, Decca, and Ondine labels. He has performed in venues from Sydney to Tokyo, London, and Berlin.

Mr. Woolweaver, a member of the celebrated Ives Quartet, is also a regular collaborator in programs of the chamber music society. A champion of 20th century music, he has premiered numerous works for viola, many of which were written for him. He is a faculty member of the All Newton Music School, Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts, and has recorded for the Orion, Koch International, Teldec, Audiofon, Albany Records, Decca, and Northeastern labels.

Mr. DeRosa has established himself as one of the leading cellists of his generation. He regularly performs with orchestras including the Los Angeles and Florida Philharmonics, the Symphony Orchestras of Milwaukee, Utah, and San Francisco and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has performed with many of the world's leading ensembles including the Artis, Emerson, and Cleveland quartets. He has recorded for EMI Classics and Audiofon Records.

Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society concert, Monday, July 9, 8 pm, Old Whaling Church, Main St., Edgartown and Tuesday, July 10, 8 pm, Chilmark Community Center, South Rd. Tickets are $25 and students are admitted free.