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The Rocky River Chamber Music Society will be celebrating its 60th anniversary all season long, and everyone is invited! The kickoff concert, on Monday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m. at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Boulevard in Rocky River, will applaud the extraordinary young talent in our region’s distinguished music schools. The Society will present an ensemble comprised of violinist James Thompson, a Cleveland native and Artist Diploma student at the Cleveland Institute of Music, along with his Cleveland Institute of Music classmates cellist Anna Bowman and pianist Sarah Ha. This ensemble will perform works by Mendelssohn and Shostakovich.

James Thompson has been active in Cleveland’s thriving music community for eight years including performances with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops, the Cleveland Philharmonic, and The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. He has also been invited to perform in several high profile chamber music festivals across the country. Cellist Anna Bowman has performed extensively across the nation, and holds the position of Principal Cellist at the Suburban Symphony Orchestra in Cleveland. She is also a registered Suzuki teacher. Pianist Sarah Ha is a native of South Korea and has performed in her home country as well as Brazil, New York, Ukraine, and Italy. She has performed in master classes with such renowned pianists as Leon Fleisher, Jahja Ling, and Jaime Laredo.

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday evening in the outstanding acoustical environment of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Boulevard, Rocky River.

Felix Mendelssohn, Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49*
Dmitri Shostakovich, Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
Dmitri Shostakovich, Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano, arr. Sarah Ha
*Originally the first work was to be Mozart’s Piano Trio in C major, K. 548. The change to the Mendelssohn Trio was made after early publicity had already been disseminated.

In this its 60th anniversary season, Rocky River Chamber Music Society is still firmly committed to presenting concerts to Northeast Ohio audiences at no admission charge. All are welcome. For further information visit the RRCMS website at www.rrcms.org, or follow RRCMS on Facebook and Twitter. Feel free also to call 440-333-4296 or email us at info@rrcms.org.