Beethoven takes center stage at CMA Chamber Music on Main

Violinist James Ehnes. Image credit: Benjamin Ealovega.

Columbia, S.C. – The 16th season of CMA Chamber Music on Main continues on Tuesday, January 30, with a concert consisting solely of works by quintessential composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Featuring world-renowned cellist and artistic director Edward Arron and intimately set in the museum's DuBose-Poston Reception Hall, the critically acclaimed concert series brings together first-rate musicians who are distinguished in their respective instruments.

The Ehnes Quartet, featuring James Ehnes on violin, Amy Schwartz Moretti on violin, and Richard O’Neill on viola, as well as Arron on cello, will perform the following:

String Quartet in G Major, Opus 18, No. 2 (1799)
String Quartet in c-sharp minor, Opus 131 (1826)
String Quartet in C Major, Opus 59, No, 3 (1806)
Ehnes has established himself as one of the foremost violinists of his generation. Gifted with a rare combination of stunning virtuosity, serene lyricism, and unfaltering musicality, he has appeared with, amongst others, the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New York, London Symphony, Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the NHK Symphony. In addition to his busy recital and concerto schedule, Ehnes serves as the artistic director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society. He plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715.

Recognized as a deeply expressive artist known for her broad versatility, violinist Schwartz Moretti is director of the McDuffie Center for Strings at the Mercer University Townsend School of Music and former concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony and Florida Orchestra. She has served as guest concertmaster for the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Atlanta, New York Pops, and Hawaii Pops. In addition to her recordings and international performances, Schwartz Moretti curates the Fabian Concert Series in Macon, Georgia, and holds the Caroline Paul King Chair in Strings.

An Emmy Award winner, two-time Grammy nominee, and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Richard O’Neill was the first violist to receive the artist diploma from Juilliard and was honored with a proclamation from New York City Council for his contribution to the arts. He has appeared with the London, Los Angeles, Seoul, and Euro-Asian philharmonics; the BBC, KBS, and Korean symphonies; and the Moscow, Vienna, and Württemburg chamber orchestras; O’Neill also maintains a full recital and recording schedule.

Arron has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Arron served as the artistic director of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert and participated in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project as well as Isaac Stern’s Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters. He joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016 and has served on the faculty of New York University since 2009. This is his ninth and final season as artistic director of CMA Chamber Music on Main.

Upcoming concerts in the 2017 – 2018 season:
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Individual Seats: $35 / $28 for members / $5 for students
Galleries open during happy hour.

Presented by U.S. Trust and the generosity of supporting sponsors.

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