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The Northern Third Piano Quartet

 

Saturday, June 21st at 7:30pm

The Northern Third Piano Quartet performs a varied chamber music program, including Brahms' Piano Quartet in C, Op. 60, a masterpiece of the chamber music repertoire, as well as the Mozart Duo in G for violin and viola, and the Piston Duo for viola and cello. Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66 rounds out this exciting concert to celebrate the first day of summer.

With members, violinist Sofia Hirsch, violist Elizabeth Reid, cellist John Dunlop, and pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti, the Northern Third Piano Quartet has performed together in various combinations all over Vermont, most notably as part of Norwich University and the Barre Opera House. Founded in 2013, the ensemble has been noted for its strength of ensemble playing and emotive musicality, offering audiences a showcase of Vermont's remarkable talent.

Sofia Hirsch violinist, maintains a professional performance career as a guest with New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra and Handel Society of Hanover and Boston, as a member of Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Opera Company of Middlebury, a founding member of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and others. Most recently, Hirsch was Co-Artistic Director of the Vermont based professional chamber music group, Burlington Ensemble. Burlington Ensemble programs and concerts benefit over twenty non-profit organizations annually in addition to promoting student compositions and music education programs for underserved children.

Elizabeth Reid is in high demand as a viola soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in Vermont. Her playing has been described as having a “deep and expressive sound” and a “natural musicality.” (Times Argus). She also performs with Arioso and the Cerutti-Reid Duo. Reid is principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra as well as regularly playing with Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Green Mountain Opera Orchestra, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Handel Society of Dartmouth, and Music-COMP. A native of Hamilton, Canada, Reid received bachelor and master's degrees in viola performance at Western University (Ontario), and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Cellist John Dunlop has been performing in the Northeast for over twenty years as Principal cellist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, 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 notable 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 composed and recorded several award-wining film soundtracks for short films, including a documentary on childhood hunger in Vermont and is the cello instructor and coaches chamber music at Dartmouth College.

Alison Bruce Cerutti has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Vermont, and as a flute accompanist in the United States and France. She is an accomplished musician with numerous solo and collaborative credits to her name, from piano recitals to orchestral appearances to chamber music concerts. A Vermont native, she studied with Sylvia Parker and then earned her bachelor's degree from Oberlin Conservatory and master's from the Hartt School. From 2001-2007 she studied with Louis Moyse and accompanied his summer flute master classes in Vermont and France. Cerutti has performed chamber music with Arioso, the Cerutti-Reid Duo, Veritas, and the Bruce Klavier Duo; as well as numerous collaborations with Vermont musicians.

Tickets are $15 with a pre-concert dinner available for an additional $20. Reservations are recommended for the show and required for dinner. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 465-4071 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.

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