Maestro Chamber Music Society’s 29th Season

Maestro’s Twenty-Ninth Season presents concerts featuring soprano Lisette Oropesa with pianist Miah Im; Dover Quartet; violinist Bomsori Kim and pianist Drew Petersen; pianist Elisso Virsaladze; cellist John Walz with pianist Edith Orloff; and pianist Orion Weiss. Thanks to a generous contribution from the Jerry and Margaretta Hausman Charitable Trust, Maestro will launch a new concert event this season. Quartetto di Cremona will appear in the Hausman Family Foundation Inaugural Concert. The soloist for the 18th Annual Robert E. Turner Piano Recital is Behzod Abduraimov.

Friends from Camerata Pacifica violist Richard O’Neill, violinist Paul Huang and cellist Ani Aznavoorian will appear in this season’s Founders’ Celebration. The evening includes a private concert followed by dinner with the artists. Join us for this special event celebrating the generosity of members contributing at the Founders’ level and above.

2018-2019 Concert Season:

Dover Quartet
Sunday, October 14, 2018

Dover Quartet

“Expert musicianship, razor-sharp ensemble, deep musical feeling…”
—Chicago Tribune

Webern: Langsamer Satz
Schumann: String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, op. 41/3
Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887


Quartetto di Cremona
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Quartetto di Cremona

“It’s a rare blend: breadth of sound and capriciousness combined with perfect tuning and ensemble…” —Gramophone

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, op. 132
Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810 (“Death and the Maiden”)

Bomsori Drew
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Bomsori Kim, violin
Drew Petersen, piano

“…beautifully varied left-hand colours…and a rhythmically secure discipline…to all the pyrotechnics” —The Strad

Schumann: Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, op. 105
Sibelius: Selections from Six Pieces for Violin & Piano, op. 79
Wieniawski: Polonaise de Concert in D Major, op. 4
Franck : Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano
Ysaÿe: Caprice d’après l’Etude en forme de Valse de Saint-Saëns


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Friends from Camerata Pacifica
Richard O’Neill, viola
Paul Huang, violin
Ani Aznavoorian, cello

“a very serious group of artists, both innovative and intrepid.”
—The Telegraph

Mozart: Divertimento in E-flat Major, K. 563
Bach/Sitkovetsky: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Lisette Oropesa, soprano
Miah Im, piano

“…a gleaming voice and a captivating presence…”
—The New York Times

Mendelssohn: Selections from Six Lieder, op. 57
Schubert: Selections from Gesänge aus Wilhelm Meister, D. 877
Poulenc: Deux Poèmes de Louis Aragon
Arias by Mozart, Meyerbeer, and Verdi


Behzod Abduraimov
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Behzod Abduraimov, piano

“At 26, he is the most perfectly accomplished pianist of his generation.” —The Independent

Liszt: Isolden’s Liebestod aus Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” S. 447
Liszt: Sonata in B Minor, S. 178
Prokofiev: Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, op. 75

Robert E. Turner

Each year, the Maestro Foundation selects a piano recital from the Maestro Chamber Music Society series to be designated as the Robert E. Turner Piano Recital. These performances are dedicated to the memory of this great musician, renowned pedagogue and close friend. Mr. Turner was deeply respected by professionals in the field of piano pedagogy and performance. He was also highly sought after by many piano students. Mr. Turner’s students have been recognized throughout the world in countless competitions and venues. His legacy continues to make great contributions to the world of classical music through their brilliant accomplishments.

Robert E. Turner Piano Recitals

  • Behzod Abduraimov (Uzbekiostan/USA) – 2018-19
  • Stephen Hough (England/Austraila) 2017-18
  • Bertrand Chamayou (France) 2016-17
  • Marc-André Hamelin (Canada) 2015-16
  • Elisso Virasaladze (Republic of Georgia) 2014-15
  • Jeremy Denk (USA) 2013-14
  • Kirill Gerstein (Russian/USA) 2012-13
  • Nelson Freire (Brazil) 2011-12
  • Vladimir Feltsman (Russian/USA) 2010-11
  • Yefim Bronfman (Russia/Israel/USA) 2009-10
  • Garrick Ohlsson (USA) 2008-09
  • Hans Boepple (USA) 2007-08
  • Walter Hautzig (Austria/USA) 2006-07
  • Jean-Claude Pennetier (France) 2005-06
  • Rina Dokshitsky (Israel/USA) 2004-05
  • Sergey Schepkin (Russia/USA) 2003-04
  • Leon Fleisher (USA) 2002-03
  • Ricardo Castro (Brazil) 2001-02
Elisso Virsaladze
Sunday, March 3, 2019

Elisso Virsaladze, piano

“Impeccable technique…dynamic control of delicate nuance…”
—El Pais

Beethoven: Sonata No. 25 in G Major, op. 79
Schumann: Kreisleriana, op. 16
Beethoven: Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, op. 90
Schumann: Carnaval, op. 9

Montrose Trio
Sunday, April 14, 2019

Montrose Trio

“absolutely top-notch music-making, as fine as one could ever expect to hear…poised to become one of the top piano trios in the world…” —The Washington Post

Haydn: Trio in E-flat Major, Hob. XV:29
Shostakovich: Trio in E minor for piano, violin and cello, Op. 67
Arensky: Trio No. 1, Op. 32

Orion Weiss
Sunday, May 19, 2019

Orion Weiss, piano

“His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances…have won him worldwide acclaim.” —The Washington Post

Brahms: Four Pieces for Piano, op. 119
Shostakovich: Sonata No. 2 in B Minor, op. 61
Busoni: Selections from Six Chorale Preludes after Brahms,
KiV B50
Beethoven: Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, op. 111

Photo Credits:
Dover Quartet: Carlin Ma  |  Quartetto di Cremona: Nikolaj Lund  |  Bomsori Kim: Kyutai Shim  |  Drew Petersen: Dario Acosta  |  Richard O’Neill: CREDIA  |  Paul Huang: Marco Borggreve  |  Ani Aznavoorian: Lisa Mazzucco  |  Lisette Oropesa: Jason Homa  |  Miah Im: Miah Im  |  Behzod Abduraimov: Nissor Abdourazakov  |  Elisso Virsaladze: Georg Anderhub  |  Montrose Trio: Shayne Gray  |  Orion Weiss: Jacob Blickenstaff