our 29th season

CONTEXT’S Twenty-ninth Season is an exalting tour of some of music’s most astounding and influential compositions! Each program features a history-changing work of musical art, illuminated anew by our brilliant musicians and fabulous instruments, and accompanied by delicious lesser-known compositions. | Get your Season Tickets HERE!


Photograph of the 1824 Graf piano

September 22, 2024

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Sonata Op. 47 for Violin and Piano
Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano Op. 70 #2

Beethoven’s grandest sonata for Violin and Piano, of extraordinary emotional scope and technical challenge, along with our favorite Beethoven Trio, the rarely-heard Op. 70 #2. Performed on original string instruments and our peerless authentic Viennese Graf piano from 1824.
Stephanie Chase, violin; Norman Fischer, cello; Brian Connelly, Graf fortepiano.


drawing of Joseph Maurice Ravel

October 27, 2024

Nadia Boulanger:
Three Pieces for Cello and Piano

Maurice Ravel:
Sonate in one Movement for Violin and Piano;
Selections from Le Tombeau de Couperin for Piano;
Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano

One of the greatest Trios ever composed, Ravel’s Impressionist masterpiece exploded the genre in an unprecented range of affect, sensuality, and virtuosity. With little-known gems for strings and piano.
Maureen Nelson, violin; Richard Belcher, cello; Brian Connelly, steinway piano


Photograph of the 1852 Bösendorfer piano

November 24, 2024

Robert Schumann: Spanish Love Songs, Op. 138 for Four Voices and Piano Four-hands

Clara Schumann: Three Romances for Piano

Franz Liszt: Piano Sonata

Jason Hardink returns (remember his dazzling Transcendental Etudes?!) to play Liszt’s path-breaking solo Sonata in B Minor. One of the most-played ‘warhorses’ of the piano literature, you’ll be astonished to hear what it sounds like on an instrument from the Liszt’s time: our authentic 1852 Bösendorfer. Gifted Shepherd School voice students sing Robert Schumann’s gorgeous Love Songs, accompanied by piano duet.
Jason Hardink, Alex Munger, Brian Connelly, bösendorfer piano; Shepherd School Voice Students


drawing of Clara Schumann

January 26, 2025

Franz Schubert:
Fantasie in C ‘Wanderer’;
Sonata in B-flat Major

Our listeners have been requesting this for years: Schubert’s two most famous solo piano works, performed on our beautiful Graf piano from Schubert’s time.
Brian Connelly, graf fortepiano


drawing of Franz Haydn

February 23, 2025

Franz Haydn:
Trios for Violin, Cello, and
Piano in E Minor;
E-flat Major;
F-sharp Minor; and
G Major

Haydn is the most famous and accomplished master composer—who unfortunately gets played the least! His top-tier contributions to the symphony, string quartet, oratorio, piano—and piano trio—deserve far more frequent presentation. Hear some of his most intimate, imaginative, and sophisticated Trios on the beautiful original instruments they were designed for!
Stephanie Chase, violin; Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello; Brian Connelly, 1810 rosenberger fortepiano


Photograph of the 1890 Blüthner piano

March 23, 2025

Sergei Rachmaninoff:
Elegiac Trio in G Minor for Violin, Cello, and Piano

Sergey Prokofiev:
Sonata in D Major for Flute and Piano

Dimitri Shostakovich:
Trio in E Minor for Violin, Cello, and Piano

Context’s season closes with thrilling masterworks by iconic Russian composers. Shostakovich’s folk-inspired E Minor Trio is one of chamber-music’s most powerful and moving pieces; beloved compositions by Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev round out the celebration.
Alexander Woods, violin; Michael Kannen, cello, Brian Connelly, steinway piano


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