Israeli Chamber Project opens Third Sunday music series in Grass Valley |

Israeli Chamber Project opens Third Sunday music series in Grass Valley

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What: InConcert Sierra presents The Israeli Chamber Project

When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19

Where: Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road (off Hwy 174), Grass Valley (InConcert Sierra is not affiliated with the SDA Church)

Tickets: $32 general; Youth ages 5-17 free with adult

Available at: BriarPatch Co-op Community Market; Online at; Or call 530-273-3990

InConcert Sierra embarks on its 2014-15 Third Sunday chamber music series on Sunday, Oct. 19, presenting the Israeli Chamber Project joined by legendary violist Samuel Rhodes, who served as the Juilliard String Quartet’s violist for 44 seasons until his retirement in 2013.

The Israeli Chamber Project is an exciting group of young, award-winning musicians bringing top-notch chamber music performances to both urban and rural venues in its native country as well as around the world. Each of the musicians in the project has won prestigious awards around the globe, and together they received Israel’s most prestigious Israeli Ministry of Culture Award for Outstanding Chamber Music Ensemble. The ICP is a musical ambassador in Israel and around the world.

“I was intrigued by the ICP because it is a different concept for a chamber music group, not a fixed group of musicians,” said Ken Hardin, artistic director of InConcert Sierra. “They incorporate from a pool of some of the most engaging and prestigious players in the world. I learned about them in 2011 when we enjoyed violinist Itamar Zorman who had just been awarded the top prize at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Russia. Itamar suggested this particular ensemble and when I learned more about them, I was eager to include them on our calendar. Unfortunately, Itamar is unable to perform with the ICP for this concert, but we’re delighted with the superstar lineup.”

The ICP will include virtuosic instrumentalists: cellist Michal Korman; clarinetist Tibi Cziger; pianist Assaff Weisman; Violinist Carmit Zori, and special guest, violist Samuel Rhodes.

“I am very pleased that the recently-retired (after 44 years!) violist of the Juilliard String Quartet, Samuel Rhodes, will be joining us for our program at InConcert Sierra. We are delighted and honored to be collaborating with him,” said Weisman, ICP Executive Director and pianist.

Weisman explained the chosen program as an “exciting and communicative one for the audience.” The program explores various ensemble works with Mozart’s “Kegelstatt Trio,” the U.S. premiere of Jonathan Keren’s “Infracta” for clarinet and string trio; the beautifully lush and beloved Brahms “Piano Quartet in C Minor;” and Erwin Schulhoff’s “Duo for violin and cello” of which Weisman said, “we just concluded a six-concert tour where the Schulhoff ended the first half of each program, and audiences absolutely loved it.”

“This season is going to be spectacular with a roller-coaster of variety and consistently exceptional artistry,” said Hardin. “I encourage anyone who enjoys classical music, and those who are curious, to check out our website and come to the concerts to experience what we have in our own backyard,” said Hardin.

There is a pre-concert forum at 1:15 p.m. with forum hostess Dr. Aileen James. The concert is sponsored by Runbeck Election Services, Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, and Jeff Leiter.

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