Warren Wilson College brings chamber music to listeners


Classical music arrived at Warren Wilson College in the early 1900s. The New York Philharmonic Concerts would drift from a radio at listening parties hosted by the college’s first music director. These events began a long history of classical music at the school.

Roughly 100 years later, the college’s Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival celebrates and presents chamber music for those who love to play and listen. For the 46th season, the festival presents 15 concerts performed across three locations: Warren Wilson College’s Kittredge Theatre, Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville and the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, South Carolina.

“Gold medal winners of international competitions, Grammy Award-nominated and -winning string quartets and renowned wind soloists join forces to bring their talents to these audiences,” said Inessa Zaretsky, artistic director. “It’s beautiful chamber music from artists who live, rehearse and perform some of the greatest chamber music ever written.”

Warren Wilson’s Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival presents three premiere quartets — Enso String Quartet, Jasper String Quartet, Tesla String Quartet — and numerous accomplished solo musicians, including violinist Itamar Zorman, flutist David Ordovskiy, bassoonist Lynn Hileman, cellist Raman Ramakrishnan, oboist Keve Wilson, hornist William Hoyt, cellist Andrew Janss, violist Mario Gotoh and Zaretsky, a pianist.

All 15 concerts are part of five distinct programs. While every show is a unique live performance, audiences at Warren Wilson College can attend a performance of each program.

The 2016 festival programs include 18 pieces:

Program 1, entitled “Sunrise,” set for June 25-27, features the Tesla String Quartet, David Ordovskiy and Inessa Zaretsky performing:

  • Franz Josef Haydn’s “String Quartet in B minor, Op. 33”
  • Caroline Shaw’s “Entr’acte”
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Flute Quartet no.1 in D major, K. 285”
  • Antonin Dvorak’s “Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81”

Program 2, entitled “American,” set for July 2-4, features the Enso String Quartet and Inessa Zaretsky performing:

  • Giacomo Puccini’s “Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums)”
  • Gabriel Faure’s “Piano Quartet in c minor Op.15”
  • Antonin Dvorak’s “String Quartet in F major, ‘American’”

Program 3, entitled “Metamorphoses,” set for July 9-11, features Itamar Zorman, Raman Ramakrishnan, Keve Wilson and Inessa Zaretsky performing:

  • Robert Schumann’s “Canonic Etudes”
  • Cesar Frank’s “Sonata in A major for violin and piano”
  • Benjamin Britten’s “’Metamorphoses after Ovid,’ Op.49”
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Piano Trio in E minor No.2, Op.67”

Program 4, entitled “Sketches,” set for July 16-18, features the Jasper String Quartet, Lynn Hileman, Keve Wilson, William Hoyt and Inessa Zaretsky performing:

  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s “String Quartet in G major Op. 18 No. 5”
  • Peter Hope’s “Four Sketches”
  • Luigi Boccherini’s “Sextet in E-flat major”
  • Johannes Brahms’ “String Quartet in C minor Op. 51 No. 1”

Program 5, entitled “Souvenir,” set for July 23-26, features the Jasper String Quartet, Mario Gotoh, Andrew Janss and Inessa Zaretsky performing:

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “String Quartet in G major K. 575”
  • Couperin’s “Ordre XIII”
  • Petr Tchaikovsky’s “’Souvenir de Florence,’ Op.70”

For more information or to purchase tickets — $100 for all five programs at each venue or $25 per concert — visit http://scm-festival.com.