Mostly Music’s 40th season of outstanding chamber music concerts will start on Oct. 27. The Ulysses String Quartet, currently the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Julliard School, joined by cellist Fred Sherry and two current Juilliard students, Oliver and Clara Neubauer, will play the New Jersey premiere of Mendelssohn’s original version of his Octet for Strings in E-Flat Major. The concert will include Beethoven’s Quintet for Strings in C Major to commemorate his 250th birthday, as well as music by Komitas and Frucht.
The Nov. 24 concert, led by Greek violinist Simos Papanas, will begin with the ever popular “Trout” Quintet by Schubert and highlight works by two influential Balkan composers, Nikos Skalkottas from Greece and Pancho Vladigerov from Bulgaria.
On March 1, violinist Arnaud Sussmann, violist and Mostly Music artistic director Paul Neubauer, and cellist Nicholas Canellakis will play a series of string trios, including Dohnányi’s Serenade for String Trio and Beethoven’s delightful Trio in G Major.
The April 5 concert will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mostly Music with former artistic director and renowned violinist Ani Kavafian joining one of the world’s great clarinetist, David Shifrin, and Paul Neubauer. The concert will explore fugues by Bach, Mozart and Mendelssohn, with a trip to Hollywood for the music of Bernard Herrmann (the composer for numerous film scores for Hitchcock and others), concluding with Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Quintet in A Major.
The season finale on May 31 will feature the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds, acclaimed by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as "strikingly virtuosic". The program offers a new take on Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin as well as jazz inspired works.
Held on Sundays at 3:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, on Broad Street in Westfield, with preludes by young local chamber music groups, Mostly Music is a local gem. Tickets are available for $40 at the door, or $150 for a five-concert subscription. Students under 21 are free. For additional information go to http://mostlymusic.org.