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Great performances in an intimate setting

The 2012-2013 Concert Season
Oskar Espina Ruiz, Artistic Director  

All performances at the Treetops Studio, 359 Merriebrook Lane, Stamford, CT, except the performance on October 21 at the Kweskin Theatre Curtain Call, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905.

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All concerts are followed by a free reception with the artists. Free parking. Access for persons with disabilities.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 Sunday at 4 pm at the Treetops Studio   Buy Tickets


With an Art Exhibit by Patricia Feiwel

Yoon Kwon, violin; Milan Milisavljević, viola; Joel Noyes, cello

SCHUBERT String Trio in B-flat, D. 471
DOHNANYI Serenade in C Major, Op. 10
MOZART Divertimento for String Trio in E-flat, K 563


MET Orchestra first violinist Yoon Kwon joins forces with her colleagues, principal violist Milan Milisavljević and principal cellist Joel Noyes, for an exciting opening-night program built around two great classics and a neoclassicist’s serenade. String trios demand great virtuosity and cohesion, and inevitably create some of the most vibrant chamber music.

OCTOBER 21, 2012 Sunday at 4 pm at the Kweskin Theatre Curtain Call   Buy Tickets

American String Quartet (Peter Winograd, violin; Laurie Carney, violin; Daniel Avshalomov, viola; Wolfram Koessel, cello), with guest artist Oskar Espina Ruiz, clarinet

BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115
SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, “Death and the Maiden”

Treetops Chamber Music Society presents its first concert at the Kweskin Theatre Curtain Call, featuring the critically acclaimed American String Quartet and Treetops CMS artistic director Oskar Espina Ruiz, clarinet, in the performance of two monumental masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire.

MARCH 17, 2013 Sunday at 4 pm at the Treetops Studio   Buy Tickets


With an Art Exhibit by Taro Suzuki

Cassatt String Quartet (Muneko Otani, violin; Jennifer Leshnower, violin; Sarah Adams, viola; Nicole Johnson, cello), with guest artists Marc Johnson, cello, and Oskar Espina Ruiz, clarinet

WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 34
GODFREY Quintet for Strings “To mourn, to dance”
TCHAIKOVSKY String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11


Acclaimed as one of America's outstanding ensembles, the Cassatt String Quartet returns to Treetops CMS with an eclectic program that includes Tchaikovsky’s beloved Andante cantabile, the second movement of his String Quartet No. 1, which has become famous in its own right, in a way similar to Barber’s Adagio. Godfrey’s new work features the unique two-cello collaboration of the Cassatt Quartet’s cellist, Nicole Johnson, with her father, Marc Johnson, cellist of the renowned Vermeer Quartet for thirty-five years.

APRIL 7, 2013 Sunday at 4 pm at the Treetops Studio   Buy Tickets


With an Art Exhibit by Marina Shrady

Espina-Browne-Shteinberg Trio (Oskar Espina Ruiz, clarinet; Sheila Browne, viola; Dmitri Shteinberg, piano), with guest artist Lisa Tannebaum, harp

SCHUMANN Märchenbilder Op. 113 for viola and piano
CLARKE Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale for clarinet and viola
SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke Op. 111 for piano
GUASTAVINO Sonata for clarinet and piano
KURTÁG Hommage à R. Sch. Op. 15d for clarinet, viola and piano
BRAHMS Two Songs Op. 91 arr. for clarinet, viola and harp
SCHUMANN Märchenerzählungen Op. 132 for clarinet, viola and piano


Formed by three artist-faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Espina-Browne-Shteinberg Trio brings together virtuosos from the musical traditions of Russia, Ireland and Spain, with New York City as their common denominator. These rich cultural backgrounds serve as catalyst to bring to light the unique genius in the music of late Robert Schumann, with the added context of works as distant as György Kurtág’s Hommage à R. Sch. and the clarinet sonata by Argentinean composer Carlos Guastavino.

MAY 5, 2013 Sunday at 4 pm at the Treetops Studio   Buy Tickets


With an Art Exhibit by Tomoko Abe

Trio Cleonice (Ari Isaacman-Beck, violin; Gwen Krosnick, cello; Emely Phelps, piano) (Joint 2nd Prize Winner)

Project Fusion (Dannel Espinoza, soprano saxophone; Matt Amedio, alto saxophone; Michael Sawzin, tenor saxophone; Matt Evans, baritone saxophone) (Joint 2nd Prize Winner)

WERNICK Piano Trio No. 2
BEETHOVEN Piano Trio No. 1 in D Major Op. 70
Saxophone Quartet in Bb Op.109

The J.C. Arriaga Competition, which Treetops CMS initiated in 2008, has consistently produced some of the most exciting programs of our season. The Arriaga winners are outstanding ensembles at the start of professional careers, bringing with them tremendous energy and refreshing new repertoire. Some of the Arriaga Competition winners have later won at other top competitions, including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition of New England and the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia.

JUNE 9, 2013 Sunday at 4 pm at the Treetops Studio   Buy Tickets

With an Art Exhibit by Karen Neems

Horszowski Trio (Jesse Mills, violin; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; Rieko Aizawa, piano)

FAURÉ Trio in D Minor, Op. 120
HARBISON Trio No. 2 "Short Stories"
SCHUBERT Trio in E-flat Major


The Horszowski Trio takes inspiration from the musicianship, integrity and humanity of Mieczysław Horszowski (1892-1993), whose last piano student at the Curtis Institute was the trio’s Rieko Aizawa. Mr. Horszowski passed along the traditions of the artists with whom he had worked, including Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Martinu, Villa-Lobos, and Granados. The Horszowski Trio perpetuates those traditions, enriched by the spark of a unique connection between three old friends: two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills, founding cellist of the prize-winning Daedalus Quartet Raman Ramakrishnan, and pianist Rieko Aizawa, who made her U.S. debuts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall with violinist and conductor Alexander Schneider.

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