Northern Third Piano Quartet
Saturday, June 18 at 7:30pm
The Northern Third Piano Quartet returns to Brandon Music for their third concert, performing an exciting and varied program of Central European 19th and 20th century music. Works on the program include the Brahms' Violin Sonata in G, Ernö Dohnányi's exuberant Serenade for String Trio, along with Bohuslav Martinů's First Piano Quartet which was written in 1942, just after the composer's arrival to the United States, and contains homages to our country with influences of a jazz idiom.
The Northern Third Piano Quartet with members violinist Sofia Hirsch, violist Elizabeth Reid, cellist John Dunlop and pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti performs throughout Vermont to both audience and critical acclaim. Jim Lowe of the Times Argus says they play “with the passion and skill they have acquired over their many years as professional Vermont musicians.” Recent venues include Spruce Peak, Norwich University, and the Barre Opera House. The ensemble has been noted for its strength of ensemble playing and emotive musicality, offering audiences a showcase of Vermont's remarkable talent.
Alison Bruce Cerutti has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout Vermont, and as a flute accompanist in the U.S. and France. For eight years, she studied with Louis Moyse and accompanied his flute master classes in Vermont and France, and in 2012 performed with his former students in St. Amour, France. Cerutti has played with TURNmusic for the 2015 production of A Fleeting Animal, Arioso, the Cerutti-Reid Duo, Veritas, and the Bruce Klavier Duo; and appeared as a soloist with the Burlington Civic Symphony Orchestra and the Vermont Philharmonic. She has premiered works by Vermont composers Lydia Busler, Erik Nielsen, David Gunn, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Michael Close, and Jacob Morton-Black. A Vermont native, she studied with Sylvia Parker and earned degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the Hartt School. She maintains an active piano studio and is an adjunct professor at Norwich University
Violist Elizabeth Reid is in high demand as a musician in Vermont. Her playing has been described as having a “deep and expressive sound” and a “natural musicality” (Times Argus). A native of Canada, Reid studied viola performance with Lorand Fenyves, Ralph Aldrich, and Rennie Regehr. She has played principal viola in the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Banff Opera Orchestra. Locally Reid has performed as principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra, as well as playing regularly with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and Arioso. She has a strong interest in contemporary music and has been involved in various premieres of solo and chamber works in Canada and the U.S. In 2014 she performed a solo viola concert of contemporary American and Canadian works at Gallery 345 in Toronto to great success. She lives in Northfield, Vermont with her husband and three sons.
John Dunlop, of Richmond, has been principal cellist of the VSO, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Opera North and the Green Mountain Opera Festival. He has performed as soloist with both the VSO and BCO, as well as many chamber music performances with area musicians. Dunlop began his cello studies with Norman Fischer and continued under Richard Kapuscinski at Oberlin Conservatory and Bonnie Hampton at the San Francisco Conservatory. He has worked with Trey Anastasio, of Phish, on many of his solo albums, and played for such artists as Bernadette Peters and Lyle Lovett.
Sofia Hirsch, of Middlebury, began violin studies at the age of four in Waterloo, Ontario, and after moving to Vermont played for many years with the Vermont Youth Orchestra. Currently, she performs as a guest artist with the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra and Handel Society of Hanover and Boston, and as a member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets are $20 with a pre-concert dinner also available for $20. See the dinner menu. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.
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