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International Festival of Chamber Music wraps up its 39th season


Dubravka Tomsic
Dubravka Tomsic

The College’s 39th International Festival of Chamber Music will wrap up this month with its three final performances.

Pianist Dubravka Tomsic returns to Memorial Chapel for her sixth Concert Series performance on Wednesday, April 6. Her program will include works by Beethoven and Chopin.

Over the past 65 years, Tomsic’s career has spanned five continents; she has given more than 4,000 performances and released some 80 CD recordings. In recent seasons, she has played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa and Bernard Haitink, given recitals at the Tanglewood Festival and at New York's Alice Tully Hall, and performed with the Pasadena Symphony under Jorge Mester and the Mexico City Philharmonic.

Continuing the concert series on Saturday, April 16 is the Pavel Haas String Quartet. Dubbed as "one of the most polished and musically exciting young string quartets in the world today" by The Washington Post, the Prague-based Pavel Haas Quartet will make its first regional appearance at Union.

Pavel Haas String Quartet
Pavel Haas String Quartet

Members include violinists Veronika Jaruskova and Eva Karova, violist Pavel Nikl and cellist Peter Jarusek.

Violinist Ray Chen will wrap up the concert series on Wednesday, April 27 with a performance with pianist Andrew Tyson.

Chen is a 21 year-old rising star who won the gold medal at the 2009 Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competition. The program will include works by Giuseppe Tartini, J. Brahms, J.S. Bach and Henri Wieniawski. 

General admission tickets for the concerts are $20 per person and local students are $8. Concerts are free to the Union community. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 388-6080 or visit http://www.union.edu. All concerts start at 8 p.m. and are in Memorial Chapel.