RR Chamber Music Society Presents an Evening of Bach and Ravel

Christopher Costanza, cellist


The Rocky River Chamber Music Society takes great pleasure in presenting Christopher Costanza, cellist from the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and his special guest, violinist Peter Otto, on Monday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.  Our last concert on February 1 featured six musicians, our benefit concert on February 14 had ten, and our upcoming concert will have two, thereby testifying to the variety of chamber music ensembles.  The venue for this concert, as it has been for the past 52 years, is the excellent acoustical environment at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Boulevard in Rocky River

The program will feature works from the Baroque and Modern eras, including two Suites for Solo Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach composed around 1720.  They will bookend Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello, a work composed in 1920-1922, two centuries after Bach’s Suites.  Christopher Costanza has had a special interest in Bach’s Suites ever since he began the serious study of cello at age 11.  Recently, he realized a lifelong dream and established a website that showcases his recordings of the six Suites, along with commentary, history, web links, and additional Bach-related resources (http://costanzabach.stanford.edu/). 

For the past 20 years, Christopher has enjoyed an exciting career as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher.  He has won numerous awards and performed widely in the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, and Asia.  His discography includes recordings on the EMI/Angel, Naxos, Innova, Albany, Summit, and ArtistShare labels.  He received a Grammy nomination in 2006 for his recording of major chamber works for winds and strings by Mozart. 

Peter Otto will join Christopher in the performance of Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello.  Peter was appointed First Associate concert master of The Cleveland Orchestra in 2007, and made his solo debut with that ensemble in 2010. 

There is no admission charge for the concert and all are welcome.  For further information, please call 440-333-4296, visit our website at www.rrcms.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Carol Jacobs

Carol Jacobs was archivist for The Cleveland Orchestra for 17 years, and most recently was curator of the Cowan Pottery Museum at Rocky River Public Library for seven years.

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