In my preview of last year’s concert series, I believe I may have used some culinary metaphor to characterize the general tendency of the programming. While you will hear some short, not always trivial pieces thrown in for fun, one can rely on serious taste of Ms. Melamed-Lev and the musicians she brings to Camphill Ghent. A perusal of the list below will explain it all and make it clear that a season pass is the way to approach the series and not miss anything (the concerts almost always sell out) but it may help to point out a few highlights.
Gilbert Kalish has been admired for a good fifty years for his intelligent and thoughtful approach to music, and this will be amply evident in his playing of preludes and fugues by Bach and Shostakovich, a movement from Ives’ great “Concord” Sonata, and mazurkas and nocturnes by Chopin.
Inbal Segev, one of the most respected of the younger cellists, will play one of Bach’s suites, Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata from 1934. Chopin’s works for cello, the only solo instrument he wrote for other than the piano, come from his friendship with the great French player, Auguste Franchomme.
In December, there will be late masterpieces for trio by Brahms and Schubert; in February Mozart’s late C Major Trio and Dvořák’s beloved “Dumky” Trio; then in March, Brahms’ great g minor Piano Quartet.
The season will close in May with Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds and a work many think to be Schubert’s greatest, the C Major String Quintet. In these students from Bard Conservatory will make their annual appearance, with Robert Martin, the director of the program.
Gili Melamed-Lev will play the piano in all of those following Mr. Kalish’s appearance, and she will be joined by some of the most distinguished chamber musicians in America, included Eugene Drucker and Roberta Cooper, Joel Pitchon and others.