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Zwilich septet brings two chamber groups together for Clearwater performance

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and the Miami String Quartet have appeared on the same chamber music program frequently, but never did all seven members of the two groups perform together. Until Ellen Taaffe Zwilich wrote a septet for them.

"They never had a piece where they could all be on the stage at the same time,'' said Zwilich. "So this seems to be the only one.''

KLR and the Miami quartet will perform Zwilich's septet and other works at 8 tonight at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater. The concert is being presented by Ruth Eckerd Hall, one of a dozen co-commissioners of the four-movement, 24-minute piece. It premiered a year ago in New York. Also on the program: Boccherini (String Quintet in E Major) and Dvorak (Piano Quintet in A Major ). $33, $48. (727) 791-7400; rutheckerdhall.com.

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La Musica chamber music festival in Sarasota has some top musicians performing this year, including violinists Ellen dePasquale and Jennifer Frautschi, cellist Julie Albers, flutist Carol Wincenc and pianist Derek Han. The festival theme is "Resolution,'' a celebration of the melding of disparate thoughts into a common idea, a news release says.

The festival has five concerts from Friday through April 21 at Sarasota Opera House. There are open rehearsals at the Mildred Sainer Pavilion at New College of Florida. A subscription to all five concerts and rehearsals is $175; single tickets are $40. Rehearsals are $10. (941) 366-8450, ext. 3; lamusicafestival.org.

DePasquale, former concertmaster of the Florida Orchestra, will play in the regional premiere of James Winn's piano trio Three Nocturnes, with the composer at the piano and cellist Eric Kim at 8 p.m. Monday at the opera house. Winn, a piano and composition professor at the University of Nevada, will give a lecture on the work at 4:35 p.m. Saturday at Sainer Pavilion.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

Zwilich septet brings two chamber groups together for Clearwater performance 04/07/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 11:52am]
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