Concerts on Kentmere

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The 2016-2017 season of Concerts on Kentmere features chamber music performances by the Museum’s much-praised ensemble in residence, Pyxis Piano Quartet.  Returning for their 8th season, Pyxis – featuring Luigi Mazzocchi and Yang Xu (guest violins), Amy Leonard (viola), Jennifer Jie Jin (cello) and Hiroko Yamazaki (piano) – will present three exhilarating Thursday evening concerts exploring the relationship between the 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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Concert Dates

Music and art meet Truth & Vision
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Connecting with the Museum’s major fall contemporary exhibition, an evening of lively and accessible music – Three Preludes by George Gershwin, Mozart en Route by Aaron Jay Kernis, Caroline Shaw’s Limestone & Felt, Café Music by Paul Schoenfield and Joaquin Turina’s fiery Piano Quartet in a minor.

7:30 pm           Margaret Winslow, Curator talk
8:00 pm           Pyxis Concert

Elegant melodies among the Pre-Raphaelites
Thursday, February 16, 2017 (Snow date, Sunday, February 19)

In the evocative Pre-Raphaelite Galleries – English composer Herbert Howells’ seldom-performed Piano Quartet in a minor and a Pyxis reprise of Antonin Dvořák’s magnificent Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major.

7:30 pm           Margaretta Frederick, Curator talk
8:00 pm           Pyxis Concert

Illustrating the genius of W. Heath Robinson
Thursday, April 27, 2017

To celebrate this legendary British illustrator, an eclectic evening of period works – Edward Elgar’s Salut d’Amour, the first movement of the Sonata for Cello and Piano in g minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Rebecca Clarke’s Dumka (for violin, viola and piano) and Josef Suk’s dramatic Piano Quartet No. 1 in a minor.

7:30 pm           Margaretta Frederick, Curator talk
8:00 pm           Pyxis Concert

About the Concerts

Before each concert, the Museum’s Thronson Café will feature drinks and light fare for purchase. Performances begin at 8:00 pm; complimentary desserts and coffee will be served at intermission.  Tickets are $30 for Members $50 Non-Members. Seating is limited and all non-refundable tickets will be held at the door.  Purchase tickets online or by check payable to Delaware Art Museum mailed Delaware Art Museum / 2301 Kentmere Parkway / Wilmington DE 19806.

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 performances have become increasingly sought after in the mid-Atlantic region. Read more…

Luigi Mazzocchi, violin (Guest Artist)

Violinist 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. Read 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). Read 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, and was a member of Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and Harrisburg Symphony. She has also performed with Cleveland Orchestra and the Boston. Houston and New World Symphonies. Read more…

Hiroko Yamazaki, piano

Delaware pianist 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. Read more…

Gail O’Donnell, producer

In 2008, Gail O’Donnell originated Concerts on Kentmere at the Delaware Art Museum 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.  Also an arts writer, consultant and choral musician, Ms. O’Donnell lives in Wilmington.