For its 43rd season, the Robbie Collomore Music Series will offer all four of its concerts in the fall, between Sept. 25 and Nov. 27. As always, the Collomore Committee, chaired by Martin Nadel, has chosen a mix of music genres for the season. All four concerts will be on Sundays at 5 p.m. in the charming and historic Chester Meeting House, which is known for its excellent acoustics.
Beginning the season, on Sunday, Sept. 25, is the Barbara and Edmund Delaney Young Artists Concert. Praised by “Classical Voice America” for their “sensational, powerhouse performance,” the Verona Quartet has set themselves apart as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music. Winner of the prestigious 2015 Concert Artist Guild Competition, they are the Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School, which will sponsor their Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall debut in May 2016.
For the past 37 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. Critics unanimously agree that it is “bon temps, every time they play.” They’ll be playing in Chester on Sunday, Oct. 16.
On Nov. 6, internationally celebrated pianist Jeffrey Swann, who has been called “a dashing virtuoso” by the New York Times, will play two of Beethoven’s and Schubert’s most iconic, monumental piano sonatas. Top honors at the Van Cliburn, Chopin Warsaw and Queen Elisabeth Competitions among others attest to the recognized brilliance of Swann’s playing.
Returning to the Chester Meeting House on Nov. 27 is profound songwriter, Chris Smither, who draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. Smither is an American original – a product of our musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.
Buy a season subscription and save money, plus you’ll be certain you will have a seat even when the concert is sold out. A subscription to all four concerts is just $75 (that’s four concerts for the price of three). Individual concert tickets cost $25. For students from elementary through graduate school, a subscription is $15. A student ticket for just one concert is $5. Tickets can be purchased online at www.collomoreconcerts.org using PayPal. All ticket-holders are invited to stay for a reception after the concert to meet the performers. For more information, check the website or call 860-526-5162.