Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Boston Piano Quartet at Mountambrin

Anthony Vine, Gayle Rich, Ivy Turner  and Stephen Schoenbaum
     At Mountambrin again on Sunday, March 25, this time to hear the Boston Piano Quartet.
     Every year for the past 40 years, Gayle Rich has brought chamber music friends to perform at Mountambrin. She herself is a violist who played with the Boston Philharmonic.
     Her friends this year were Anthony Vine, violinist, who studied at the Longy School of Music with Dr. Paul Roby and Gerald Elias of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has performed during each of the last two summers at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. He endeavours to balance his love for chamber music with a busy schedule as a laparoscopic surgeon.
     Stephen Schoenbaum, pianist, is also a physician, with degrees from Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. He studied piano with Nevarte Adrian, Eleanor Sokoloff and David Bacon.
     Ivy Turner, cellist, began her studies at age 3 in New York City. In spite of studying at prestigious institutions, she realized that there were many musicians and not enough jobs, so decided to enjoy music as an amateur instead.  She became a Real Estate broker and in her spare time runs chamber music workshops and plays in benefit concerts.

     The quartet played the following pieces at Mountambrin:
Piano Quartet in E major, opus 16 by Ludwig van Beethoven,
Andante, opus 10 by Leon Boellman and
Piano Quartet in A minor, opus 67 by Josquin Turina.

Steven Woodham and Stephen Schoenbaum
     After the intermission, Jamaica's violinist Steven Woodham played 'Vocalise' Opus 14 by Rachmaninoff and Meditation from "Thais" by Massenet. He was accompanied on the piano by Stephen Schoenbaum.

Sharon Martini, soprano, accompanied by Stephen Schoenbaum, closed the concert with two operatic pieces, which displayed the range and power of her beautiful voice.

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