Ronen Trio kicks off Twin Cities’ 59th concert season on Sunday |

Ronen Trio kicks off Twin Cities’ 59th concert season on Sunday

A benefit concert featuring the Ronen Trio kicks off Twin Cities Concert Association’s 59th season Sunday in Grass Valley.

The Ronen Trio, which is Yael Ronen on flute, Burke Schuchmann on cello and Aileen James on piano, will play a Haydn Trio and sonatas by Rachmaninoff and Franck.

Ronen has performed with many European chamber ensembles, including appearances at the Piccadilly Festival, City of London Festival in England and Music Unlimited à La Valette in Belgium. She is now principal flutist with the North State Symphony, principal flutist and soloist with the Apollo Orchestra and a flute teacher at California State University at Chico.

Schuchmann, former principal cellist and soloist with the Salzburger Solisten in Austria, has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe and the United States. Schuchmann is currently artistic director of the Palomarin Chamber Music Foundation and conducts the Berkeley and Marin Chamber music workshops. Schuchmann has taught at California State University at Chico and at the University of California at Berkeley and is a San Domenico School’s Conservatory of Music staff member.

James, who received a doctorate of musical arts in performance from Stanford University, has taught privately for 40 years and has served on the faculties of Pacific Union College, Stanford University and Santa Clara University. From 1986 to 1997, she was artistic director of the American Pianists Association in Indianapolis, heading its Biennial National Piano Fellowship Competition and fellowship program. She is a board member for both Twin Cities Concert Association and Music in the Mountains.

Show time is 2 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Drive off Highway 174. Although admission is free, donations will be accepted for the concert association’s upcoming season of concerts and educational programs.

For more information, call 470-9454 or visit

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