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Italian Influences

Take a journey to Italy with Tchaikovsky’s iconic Souvenir de Florence, a string sextet composed in 1890 and dedicated to the St. Petersburg Chamber Music Society of which he became an Honorary Member. Also in the program are Maurice Ravel’s dynamic Sonata for Violin and Cello and Hugo Wolf’s playful Italian Serenade.

Date: FRIDAY, January 26, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Maurice Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello
Hugo Wolf Italian Serenade for String Quartet
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky String Sextet in D minor “Souvenir de Florence”, Op. 70

Saeka Matsuyama, violin
John Michael Vaida, violin
Amy Iwazumi, viola
Jonathan Weber, violin/viola
Christiane Appenheimer-Vaida, cello
Miho Weber, cello

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* The saxophone concert with Joseph Murphy and composer Baljinder Sekhon has been rescheduled to Spring of 2019.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 8:00 pm

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, PA

NEPACMS is delighted to present the award-winning piano trio, the New Trio, featuring pianist, Julio Elizalde, recital partner to such luminaries as Sarah Chang and Ray Chen; violinist, Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra; and Patrick Jee, cellist of the New York Philharmonic.

Further details to be announced.

Past events

Colorful Clarinet Quintets

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Chamber Music Society opens its 2017-2018 Season with two contrasting clarinet quintets, the powerful and exuberant Gumboots by David Bruce and the celebrated Clarinet Quintet by Johannes Brahms.

Nuno Antunes lends his brilliant and elegant clarinet playing with violinist Saeka Matsuyama, and cellist Miho Weber, along with NEPACMS co-founders John Michael Vaida, violin, and Amy Iwazumi, viola.

Join us also for a pre-concert lecture given by Dr. Jennie Congleton, Ph.D.

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: Pre-concert lecture 7:15 – 7:45 p.m.; Concert at 8:00 p.m.
Place: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Program: David Bruce Gumboots and Johannes Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op.115

Nuno Antunes, clarinet
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Saeka Matsuyama, violin
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Miho Weber, cello
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Spring Quartets

Do not miss an opportunity to hear cellist, Theodore Buchholz and violinist, Elena Chernova-Davis performing two jewels from the string quartet repertoire, the Beethoven Op. 18 No. 1 and Dvořák “American”. Joined by John Michael Vaida, violin and Amy Iwazumi, viola.

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Program: Beethoven String Quartet Op. 18 No. 1 and Dvořák String Quartet No. 12, Op. 96 “American”


CHamber music workshop and concert

Violinist Daniel Andai, Concertmaster of the Miami Symphony, Dean of the New World School of the Arts, and Artistic Director of the Killington Music Festival, will be performing with the NEPACMS Chamber Workshop Orchestra.

Dr. Andai will be working with area students all day on Saturday, February 4, holding a chamber music masterclass and conducting a chamber orchestra workshop, culminating in a concert at 6:00 PM.

The concert will feature the Vivaldi Concerto for Violin in A minor (performed by Dr. Andai), performances by the student chamber music groups, and more!

Date/Time: Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 6:00PM

Location: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S. Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Quintessential Quintets

Featuring violinists, Jonathan Weber and John Vaida; violist, Amy Iwazumi; cellists, Miho Weber and Christiane Appenheimer-Vaida; and pianist, Hwaen Ch’uqi, enjoy an afternoon immersed in the sublime sounds of the Brahms Piano Quintet and Schubert Cello Quintet.

Date: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Program: Brahms Piano Quintet and Schubert Cello Quintet

02-19-2016_StStephens_TerraceQt_ProgramTERRACE PIANO QUARTET

The Terrace Piano Quartet will be performing at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre.
Hwaen Ch’uqi, piano; John Michael Vaida, violin; Amy Iwazumi, viola; Miho Zaitsu, cello

Date: February 19, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Program: Fauré Piano Quartet No. 1 and Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3

Faure Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor – I. Allegro molto moderato

Faure Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor – II. Scherzo, Allegro vivo

Brahms Piano Quartet in C Minor – III. Andante

09-2015_FirstPres_ProgramMusic for Two, Three, and Four

Date: Sunday, September 20, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: First Presbyterian Church, 97 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Spohr Duet for Violin and Viola, Op. 13
Dvořák Terzetto for Two Violins and Viola, Op.74
Beethoven String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4