NESKOWIN CHAMBER MUSIC
When pianist Christopher O’Riley presents the last concert in Neskowin Chamber Music’s 22nd season on May 15, he will be joined by three friends: Curtis Macomber, violinist; Peter Seidenberg, cellist; and Allen Blustine, clarinetist.
O’Riley, the host of NPR’s “From the Top,” is known for a repertoire that ranges from pre-baroque to the present day. He has hosted the radio show for 15 years during which he has aimed to introduce the next generation of classical music performers to nearly a million listeners across the U.S. at over 250 radio stations.
O’Riley has an active performance schedule too, as a soloist with all major American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony. He led the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields on a two week tour of ten American cities and toured with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra throughout the U.S. and with the Moscow Philharmonic.
O’Riley says he strives to introduce new audiences to classical music with, what one critic called, “an almost missionary zeal.” He says he lives by an old adage by Duke Ellington: “There are only two kinds of music, good music and bad music.”
Curtis Macomber has performed hundreds of premieres, commissions, and first recordings of solo violin and chamber works. As a member of the New World String Quartet from 1982-1993, he played in virtually all important concerts series in the U.S. He is a founding member of the Apollo Trio. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. He has taught at the Tanglewood, Taos, and Yellow Barn Music Festivals.
Peter Seidenberg has played his cello in all the major halls of the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He was principal cellist with the Century Orchestra of Osaka, Japan. He was a founding member of the Elements Quartet which commissioned works by over 30 composers. His Bachelors degree is from the Eastman School of Music and his Masters is from the New England Conservatory. He is the cellist for the Oracle Trio, the Queen’s Chamber Band, and the New York Chamber Soloists.
Allen Blustine is a member of the New York Chamber Soloists and the new music ensemble Speculum Musicae. He has appeared at the Bath and Warsaw Autumn Festivals as well as Festival Miami and the New York Philharmonic’s “Horizons” series. He has been the principal clarinetist with the Japan Philharmonic, the American Ballet Theater orchestra, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. He is assistant artistic director of the Vermont Mozart Festival. He has taught at Columbia University since 1983.
Season tickets ($110 each) for the 2016-2017 season will be available in July. Individual tickets are $25. Call 503-965-6499 for more information or visit the website, www.neskowinchambermusic.org.
Concerts begin at 3 p.m. at Camp Winema, located three miles north of Neskowin, just off Highway 101.