Photo Credit: Chiara String Quartet, performing at the Westport Arts Center on September 18, 2016 at 3 p.m. Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco.
Continuing Westport’s legacy as a performing arts destination, the Westport Arts Center is excited to announce its upcoming Chamber and Jazz Music line-up featuring both internationally renowned talent and local rising performers.
The season will run from September 2016 through May 2017 with concerts scheduled to take place at the Westport Arts Center and the Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport, CT.
The Chiara String Quartet will kick off the Chamber season on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center. Now in its 16th season, the Chiara Quartet has adopted a new way of performing: from memory without printed sheet music. Their program will include Britten’s Three Divertimenti, Bartók’s String Quartet No. 5, and Brahms’ String Quartet in A minor and Op. 51 No. 2.
“The Chiara String Quartet is certainly one of the most exciting American string quartets of the younger generation and recently made waves with their concerts at the Metropolitan Museum,” stated Alexander Platt, co-curator of the Westport Arts Center’s Chamber Music series along with brother Russell Platt.
The Arts Center’s Jazz series will begin with a solo performance by Steve Katz, a former member of Blood, Sweat and Tears, on Sunday October 16, 2016 at 3 p.m. The concert will be accompanied by a book signing by Mr. Katz of Is Steve Katz a Rock and Roll Star?
New to the Jazz schedule this year are two Thursday night concerts — featuring Alta and Matt DeChamplain on November 3 and The Saxtet under the direction of Darren Litzie on January 19, 2017 — a great way to spend the evening after work.
Unique to the Westport Arts Center series, each concert includes commentary by the Arts Center’s Performing Arts curators, which will provide an opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation for the music performers and genres.
Individual concert tickets and season tickets are now available for both the Chamber and Jazz Music series. Season ticket holders enjoy significant benefits. In addition to a cost savings of up to 15%, season ticket holders receive reserved preferred seating at all concerts and an opportunity to engage with the musicians immediately following the concerts. The tickets are transferable.
New to 2016-17, each season ticket holder will also receive the benefit of sponsoring two students to also attend a concert.
Tickets can be purchased at www.westportartscenter.org or by calling the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070. A limited number of discounted Senior tickets will be available for presale at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport. Corporate sponsorship and group ticket opportunities are also available.
The Westport Arts Center thanks WPKN for the generous sponsorship of its Jazz music season and WSHU Public Radio Group for the generous sponsorship of its Chamber music season.
Chamber Music Concert Schedule
Chiara String Quartet
Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center
The Chiara Quartet is an internationally performing professional string quartet that performs solely from memory.
Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church
Jenny Lin is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence.
The Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition (Unitarian Church Westport)
Semi Finals: November 5
Finals: November 6
Now in its 45th year, the Heida Hermanns International Music Competition is a showcase for exceptional musicians from around the world. The Competition is held annually on a rotating basis in voice, strings and piano and is a springboard for the careers of extraordinarily talented musicians. Presented by the Connecticut Alliance for Music.
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church
Hailed by critics as a “thinking” musician with engaging stage presence and a gratifying combination of virtuosity and eloquence, pianist Pedja Muzijevic has defined his career with creative programming, unusual combinations of new and old music, and lasting collaborations with other artists and ensembles.
Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church
Described by The New Yorker as “destined for great things,” when the members of the Horszowski Trio – Jesse Mills, Raman Ramakrishnan, and Rieko Aizawa – played together for the first time, they immediately felt the spark of a unique connection.
Sunday, April 7, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center
Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.”
Jazz Music Concert Schedule
Sunday, October 16, 2016, 3 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center
A previous member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, Katz’ performance will feature a solo concert and a book signing for Is Steve Katz a Rock and Roll Star?
Alta and Matt De Champlain
Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center
Performing together since they were 15, the DeChamplains focus on Jazz standards. For this special performance, they will perform the music of Jewish composers.
The Saxtet under direction of Darren Litzie
Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center
Pianist, composer and educator Darren Litzie will perform a tribute to Benny Goodman and Stan Getz.
Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 3 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center
Free-wheeling jam session with community musicians, including Jazz, Blues, and other styles.
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 3 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center
Rabbi Wall (also known as “the Jazz Rabbi”) is a celebrated musician and recording artist who performs a blend of jazz, world, and Jewish music.
About the Westport Arts Center
The Westport Arts Center also receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; AB Bernstein; the Brant Foundation; CBP; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Connecticut Cigar Company; Connecticut Office of the Arts; Delamar Southport; Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., DanceSport; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Finn, Dixon & Herling LLP; Fleishers Craft Butchery; 4th Row Films; Geigers Home and Garden; GWAY Marketing Gymnasium; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover Milford; Lillian August; the Mitchell’s Family of Stores; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Random Acts; Rosenkranz Foundation; Saugatuck Wine & Grape; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Stamford Tent; Sun Hill Foundation; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Vespa Restaurant; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Family Counseling; Westport Now; William J. Rosenbloom Charitable Trust; Xerox Foundation; WPKN; and WSHU Public Radio Group.