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Philip Dukes & Friends II: Tales of the Unexpected

In a first for the SMF chamber music series, we travel to the magnificent surroundings of the Metal Building at Trustees’ Garden, for a program of fantasy and drama. In a semi-staged, partly programmatic concert, Impressionist France meets the mysterious world of Edgar Allan Poe, with a reading of Poe’s macabre tale “The Masque of…

Philip Dukes & Friends IV: All Beethoven

There is perhaps no better way to conclude the chamber music series for 2022 than a special concert dedicated to the great master Ludwig van Beethoven. Arguably one of the greatest exponents of the chamber music medium, the program opens with his electric and fiery C Major String Quintet, affectionately known as “The Storm.” It…

Philip Dukes & Friends III: Brahms & Schumann

In this palindromic program we are treated to arguably two of the greatest Piano Quintets ever composed. Much has been written and discussed concerning the fascinating relationship between Brahms and Schumann (and indeed Clara Schumann’s involvement) and whilst that aspect adds an interesting twist to proceedings, ultimately the music of these two great masters is…

Philip Dukes & Friends I: Saint-Saëns & Fauré

In the first of two contrasting programs featuring French music, we hear two fabulous Piano Quartets, one by Saint-Saëns and one by Fauré, interspersed with the colorful and humorous classic Carnival of the Animals. The original idea was to feature Saint-Saëns in 2021 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death, and although we weren’t…