Congdon Quartet to Perform during Chelsea Festival of Lights

As a finale to the weekend events, the Congdon Quartet will perform on Sunday December 2nd at 3:00pm, at the First Congregational Church in downtown Chelsea. This concert is a joint presentation by Chelsea Musical Celebrations and Chelsea Chamber Players.

The Congdon Quartet, Chelsea's own resident string quartet, is known for its artistically excellent and vibrant performances. For its part in lighting up the Festival, the quartet, together with Ann Arbor pianist Renée Robbins, will be performing the Dvorak Piano Quintet in A. Also included in the program will be a set of Duets for Two Violins by Bartok, and Beethoven's Piano Trio No 4 in B flat, Op 11. The Bartok duos, with their sparkling wit, are a cornerstone of the violin literature. Beethoven's Trio Op 11, originally written for clarinet or violin with cello and piano, contains one of his loveliest slow movements and ends with a delightful set of variations. The highlight of the concert, Dvorak's piano quintet in A, is his most popular chamber work and is loved by performers as much as by audiences for its lush colors, its soaring melodies and the enormous variety of its musical ideas.

To enhance the musical experience, the musicians will provide informational and personal comments about the composers, the pieces and their historical context. And in the European tradition, refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the concert.

The concert will be held at the First Congregational Church at 133 East Middle Street, just east of Main Street in Chelsea. The facility is wheelchair accessible, and free parking is located in any village parking lot or on any village street. Complimentary child care will be available.

The price of tickets is $12.50 for adults, $7.00 for senior citizens, $5.00 for students and children, and $30.00 for families. Tickets my be purchased in downtown Chelsea at Zou Zou's Coffee Shop at 101 N. Main Street, at the Art and Soule Gallery at 123 S. Main, or at the First Congregational Church.

For further information about the Congdon Quartet contact Chelsea Chamber Players, or contact Chelsea Musical Celebrations.