Concerts on Kentmere

2017-18 Concerts on Kentmere with Pyxis Piano Quartet: Site & Sound

Concerts on Kentmere presents chamber music performances in the Museum’s galleries by the much-praised ensemble Pyxis Piano Quartet – Luigi Mazzocchi (violin), Amy Leonard (viola), Jennifer Jie Jin (cello) and Hiroko Yamazaki (piano).  Returning for their 9th season in residence, Pyxis will present three exhilarating Thursday evening concerts exploring the relationship between chamber music repertoire and the rich visual holdings of the Museum. Just prior to each concert, a Museum curator will present a brief personal insight connecting selected artworks with the evening’s musical offerings.

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Musical Journey

Celebrating the works and career of John Sloan
Thursday January 18, 2018 (Snow date: Sunday, January 21 at 4 p.m.)
7:30 pm: Heather Campbell Coyle, Curator talk | 8:00 pm: Pyxis Concert

Mozart – Divertimento in E-flat Major for String Trio  (4th movement)
Gershwin – Selections from Porgy and Bess (arranged by Heifitz)
Reynaldo Hahn – Piano Quartet in G Major, No. 3

A Century of Artistry

 Inspired by the works of John Ruskin and Andrew Wyeth
Thursday April 19, 2018
7:30 pm: Margaretta Frederick, Curator talk | 8:00 pm: Pyxis Concert

Robert Schumann – Piano Quartet in C Minor (1829)
Astor Piazzolla – Selections for Piano Quartet (arranged by Mazzocchi)
Alexandre Tansman – “Suite – divertissement” (1929)

About the Concerts

  • Before each concert, the Thronson Café will feature beer, wine and light fare for purchase.
  • Curator talks begin at 7:30 p.m. and performances begin at 8 p.m.
  • Complimentary desserts and coffee will be served during intermission.

Tickets

  • $30 Museum Members, $50 Non-Members, $20 Students (with ID)
  • Seating is limited; advance sales encouraged.
  • All tickets are non-refundable and will be held at the door.
  • Checks should be made payable to Delaware Arts Museum and mailed to:
    Delaware Art Museum
    2301 Kentmere Parkway
    Wilmington DE 19806

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For more information, contact Christian Perez at cperez@delart.org or 302.351.8520

Pyxis Piano Quartet

Pyxis Piano Quartet was founded in 2009 to perform chamber music concerts that include works from the sonata, duo, and trio repertoire as well as traditional and contemporary masterpieces for piano quartet. Compelling, engaging and informative, their vibrant performances have become increasingly sought after in the mid-Atlantic region. Learn more.

About the Artists

Luigi Mazzocchi, violin
Luigi Mazzocchi studied in the renowned Venezuelan musical training program “El Sistema,” as well as at the Latin American Violin Academy with José F. del Castillo. He was first violinist of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Lara Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Venezuela.  He has performed as a soloist with the main Venezuelan orchestras and has attended international music festivals in the Americas, Europe and Australia. Learn more.

Amy Leonard, viola
An exceptionally versatile musician, Philadelphia native Amy Leonard has held positions with the Louisiana Philharmonic, New World Symphony (Miami) and as assistant principal violist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, where she performed with the internationally recognized contemporary ensemble Nua Nos, or “New Noise.”   She had a long-standing relationship as a musician and chamber music director with the Pierre Monteux School in Maine and has participated in many music festivals in North America and Europe including Aspen, Banff, Spoleto USA and Mostra Mozart (Venice, Italy). Learn more.

Jennifer Jie Jin, cello
Widely recognized for her cello performances in music capitals in North America, Europe and Asia, Ms. Jin has appeared as a soloist with the Bay Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, National Repertoire Orchestra and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.  She has held principal cello positions with Bay Atlantic Symphony, National Repertoire Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, member of Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, has also performed with Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Houston Symphony and New World Symphony. Learn more.

Hiroko Yamazaki (piano)
Hiroko Yamazaki has performed in the United States and abroad in Rome (Italy), Helsinki and Imatra (Finland) and Lausanne (Switzerland). She has collaborated with instrumentalists and vocalists that include members of Tonhalle Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Delaware Symphony in performances at venues including the Smithsonian Institution, Kennedy Center, Swarthmore College, Aspen Music Festival, Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum (Bolton Landing, New York) and venues in New York City and Puerto Rico. Learn more.

Gail Obenreder O’Donnell, series producer
In 2008, Gail O’Donnell originated Concerts on Kentmere with violinist Meredith Amado to present the inaugural performances of the Pyxis Piano Quartet. In a wide-ranging career, Ms. O’Donnell has been an arts administrator in varying disciplines and has produced events, concerts, programs, television and theatre independently and for organizations in Washington DC, New York City, Atlanta, Seattle, southeastern Pennsylvania and Wilmington. In Delaware, she has worked for several prominent arts institutions and was a founding member of both Market Street Music and Delaware Arts Alliance.  A consultant and choral musician, she also writes on theatre, music and arts for the Wilmington News Journal and Broad Street Review and was a 2016 Fellow of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Critics Institute. Ms. O’Donnell lives in Wilmington.