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Renowned musician Misha Dichter highlights Coastal Concerts' 2012-13 season

Pianist André-Michel Schub to perform Oct. 13
Sep 20, 2012
Source: Submitted Renowned pianist Misha Dichter will perform Saturday, Feb. 2, as part of the Coastal Concerts 2012-13 season.

Coastal Concerts, about to begin its 14th year of bringing internationally acclaimed classical musicians to Lewes, has announced the details of its 2012-13 season.

The centerpiece of the five-concert series, which runs from October to April, will be a recital in early February by one of the most renowned pianists of recent time, Misha Dichter. Among the season’s other featured artists will be a piano virtuoso performing with colleagues on flute and cello, a trailblazing African-American chamber ensemble, an up-and-coming string quartet, and one of Baroque music’s most spirited and entertaining bands.

All concerts will take place on Saturdays in downtown Lewes at handicapped-accessible Bethel United Methodist Church Hall, Fourth and Market streets. Two of the concerts, Feb. 2 and March 2, will begin at 2 p.m. Starting time for the others will be 8 p.m.

The season kicks off Oct. 13 with the appearance of André-Michel Schub, a grand prize winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, recipient of the Avery Fisher Recital Award and winner of the Naumberg International Piano Competition. Schub, who is music director of the Norfolk-based Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Music Series, will be joined by two exceptional Virginia Arts Festival soloists, flutist Debra Wendells Cross and cellist Andrew Janss. Included on the program will be Schubert’s “Wanderer” fantasy for piano and Beethoven’s cello sonata in C major.

On Nov. 17, members of the Ritz Chamber Players, hailed by the Baltimore Sun as “one of the most interesting and dynamic ensembles to emerge in recent years,” will make their Lewes debut. Six of today’s most preeminent African-American musicians, on violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, and piano, will fill the stage. Known for their riveting performances, these inspiring young artists will offer a diverse program capped by Dvorák’s melodious second piano quartet.

The most anticipated highlight of the season will occur Feb. 2 when Misha Dichter, one of the world’s most revered pianists, will perform pieces by Beethoven, Scriabin and Schubert. In 1966, Dichter gained overnight fame when he won the Silver Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition at only 20 years old. That early achievement launched him on an illustrious lifetime career of virtuoso performing and award-winning recording. Coastal Concerts is pleased to host this distinguished artist, known as “the pianist’s pianist,” for its first matinee of the season.

On March 2, Coastal Concerts will present the Jasper String Quartet. Praised by The Strad magazine as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling,” this young quartet is definitely on a roll, capturing top honors in competition after competition, most recently winning the 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award. The New York Times calls its music-making powerful. Other critics have singled out its “sparkling vitality and great verve.” In a matinee program featuring string quartets by Bartók and Schubert, the audience will have the chance to catch an ensemble beginning to make a stir.

Coastal Concerts wraps up the season April 20 with an appearance by REBEL Baroque Ensemble, one of today’s premiere period-instrument groups. On two violins, recorder/traverso, violoncello and harpsichord, the group takes a highly expressive, provocative approach to its repertoire, eliciting critical raves: “sophisticated and beguiling” (The New York Times); “Astonishingly vital music-making” (Los Angeles Times); “virtuosity and joy” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). The players will present selections by Vivaldi, Corelli, Telemann, Boyce and other 17th and 18th century composers.

REBEL and the members of the Ritz Chamber Players will perform concerts in local schools during their respective visits to the Lewes area. Through these outreach activities, Coastal Concerts introduces young audiences to live classical music played by professional artists of the highest caliber.

Tickets to the new season are on sale now at or 888-212-6458. A five-concert subscription is available for a discounted $120. Individual tickets are $25 for all concerts except the appearance of Misha Dichter, which is priced at $35. Ages 10-18, as well as one adult per youth, are admitted free.

Coastal Concerts is a nonprofit organization promoting classical music appreciation in southern Delaware and surrounding areas. Programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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