Sunday, October 10, 2004

Cincinnati boasts century of music



By Janelle Gelfand
Enquirer staff writer

Cincinnati has always been a chamber music city. It started with symphony members, conservatory professors and amateurs playing music in homes, and has remained part of the fabric of the region.

Here's a sampling from the past century of chamber music:

1911 - A group of Cincinnati women - all performing musicians - found the Matinee Musicale Club, presenting groups such as the Budapest String Quartet, Alma Trio, Bach Aria Group and Beaux Arts Trio.

1929 - The Cincinnati Chamber Music Society is founded.

The society has presented world-renowned chamber groups, including the Juilliard, LaSalle, Emerson and Tokyo quartets, and more recently, eighth blackbird.

1946 - The Oxford String Quartet forms at Miami University.

1953 - LaSalle String Quartet joins the College of Music faculty. The tradition continues with the Tokyo Quartet, which performs annually at CCM.

1978 - Richard Waller, then-principal clarinetist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, founds the Linton Music Series in Avondale, billing it "making music among friends."

1988 - Jesus Lopez-Cobos, then symphony music director, founds CSO Chamber Players.

2000 - The Amernet String Quartet becomes the first Corbett String Quartet in Residence at Northern Kentucky University.

This year, the Azmari Quartet succeeded the Amernet.

Today, besides the established chamber music subscription concerts, the public can choose from myriad series held in churches. Chamber music can also be heard almost nightly at CCM and at other colleges.

E-mail jgelfand@enquirer.com



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