Chamber music lovers won’t want to miss the Linton Music Series season this year, The 38th season of this musical gem takes place in Avondale’s First Unitarian Church and Loveland’s Congregation Beth Adam, Besides the 40th birthday tribute to the KLR Trio — two of whom, Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson, are the series artistic directors — -there will also be the Cincinnati debut of the McGill/McHale Trio, a rare performance by CSO maestro Louis Langrée and Kelley O’Connor, and much more.
To open on Sept. 18 and 19, the celebrated Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio celebrates 40 years together with trios by Shostakovich, Schubert, and the world-premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Pas de Trois. Zwilich is the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in music.
Oct. 23-24 marks the return of Opus One, with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violinist Ida Kavafian, violist Steven Tenenbom, and cellist Peter Wiley in quartets by Beethoven, Dvořák, and Roberto Sierra’s Fuego de ángel for Violin, Viola, Cello, & Piano. (Having just heard Sierra’s Caribbean Rhapsody at the Chamber Orchestra, you don’t want to miss this.)
Jan. 15: If you subscribe you get this bonus concert; Husband and wife duo Soyeon Kate Lee (a CCM piano faculty member) and Ran Dank present an electrifying program featuring music for piano solo and four-hands.
Feb. 26-27: Louis Langrée performs with Grammy award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor in a special performance of French songs and Brahms lieder. I believe that is Langrée’s local debut as a soloist, as well as his Linton debut.
March 26-27: Music for strings featuring Jaime Laredo, Jinjoo Cho, Hsin-Yun Huang, Eric Wong, and Sharon Robinson in music by Prokofiev, Brahms, and Dvořák.
April 23: Music for piano quartet, with Maria Bachmann, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, cellist Edward Arron, and pianist Adam Neiman in works by Turina, Chausson, and Fauré.
May 14-15: Introducing the McGill/McHale Trio: Clarinetist Anthony McGill returns to Linton with flutist and brother Demarre McGill, and pianist Michael McHale, in works by Poulenc, Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns, Bartók, and Dvořák. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, Timothy Lees sits in, as well.
For information visit lintonmusic.org or call (513) 381-6868.