title 23rd Season  

YOUNG CHOPIN
September 17, 2017, 4 pm
Frederic Chopin Pieces for Piano
  Introduction and Polonaise Brilliant for Cello and Piano
  Trio in G Minor for Viola, Cello, and Piano
Dazzling breakthrough music by the 20-year-old Polish virtuoso.
• DerHovsepian, Kannen, Connelly; with 1826 Graf piano.

FRENCH ROMANTICS
October 15, 2017, 4 pm
Édouard Lalo Trio #3 in A Minor for Violin, Cello, and Piano
Gabriel Fauré Quartet #1 in C Minor for Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano
Two lusciously seductive chamber works from the pinnacle of French Romanticism. With the Context debut of the brilliant violinist Maureen Nelson. • Nelson, DerHovsepian, Belcher, Connelly; with 1890 Blüthner piano.

BEETHOVEN’S ‘GHOST’ TRIO
November 12, 2017, 4 pm
Ludwig van Variations in E-flat for Violin, Cello, and Piano
Beethoven Sonata in C Minor for Violin and Piano
  Trio in D Major for Violin, Cello, and Piano ‘Ghost’
Beethoven’s most famous Trio—performed on the kind of instruments it was meant for! With the tremendous Seventh Violin Sonata, and the rarely-heard Variations for Trio. • Chase, Kannen, Connelly; with 1810 Rosenberger piano

WILLIAM BOLCOM CELEBRATION
January 28, 2018, 4 pm
William Bolcom Cabaret Songs
  Piano Ragtime
  Duo Fantasy for Violin and Piano
  Quintet #1 for Strings and Piano
Pulitzer-prize winner Bolcom is one of America’s finest and most-enjoyed composers, and his brilliant and playful music is an essential artistic treasure of our time. • Featuring Faculty and Students of the Shepherd School of Music; with Steinway piano

GRIEG AND FOLKMUSIC
February 25, 2018, 4 pm
Edvard Grieg Sonatas #2 and #3 for Violin and Piano
  Folktune Arrangements for Piano
  Traditional Folk Tunes for Hardanger
Grieg finally makes his long-awaited Context debut! Along with the debut of Norwegian violinist Tor Johan Boen, who will also play the hardanger—the Norwegian folk violin—with the music that inspired Grieg. • Boen, Connelly; with 1852 Bösendorfer piano

CZECH MASTERS
March 25, 2018, 4 pm
Antonin Dvorak Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano
Bedrich Smetana Overture for Piano Four-Hands
  Trio in G Minor for Violin, Cello, and Piano
Context’s season closes on a high note, with the powerful Trio by Smetana, the founder of Czech Romanticism. You won’t want to miss the Context debut of the extraordinary violinist Alexander Woods. • Woods, Fonteneau, Connelly; with 1852 Bösendorfer piano

CONTEXT MUSICIANS
FOR 2017/18 include


Richard Belcher cello
Tor Johan Boen
violin and hardanger
Stephanie Chase violin
Brian Connelly piano
Joan DerHovsepian viola
Jean-Michel Fonteneau cello
Christopher French cello
Eric Halen violin
Michael Kannen cello
Maureen Nelson violin
Alexander Woods violin


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SUPPORT AND
MAJOR FUNDING
PROVIDED BY:


The Brown Foundation
The Cullen Trust for the
Performing Arts
The James M. Vaughn
Foundation
The Wortham Foundation
KUHA Classical 91.7


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All perfomances are Sundays, 4 pm
Duncan Recital Hall
Alice Pratt Brown Hall
Rice University


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