The Society for Chamber Music in Rochester will open its 42nd season with “European Romance,” a concert and wine tasting, at 4 p.m. on Oct. 21 at The Strathallan, 550 East Ave., Rochester.
Audience members will learn about the group’s repertoire with a pre-concert talk by Juliana Athayde and Erik Behr, artistic directors and musicians with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
“We are looking forward to five extraordinary concerts this season that offer collections of the world’s best chamber music played by some of Rochester’s most talented musicians,” Athayde and Behr said.
Each concert will feature works played by ensembles specifically formed for each program. Proceeds will help SCMR provide outreach programs in local schools and community centers.
“European Romance” will showcase Antonin Dvorak’s String Sextet, which was written around the time Dvorak was composing his Slavonic Dances. The Sextet is described as a Czech-sounding work.
The concert will start with Strauss’ String Sextet from his final opera, “Capriccio,” and will include Quintet for Oboe and Strings by British composer Arnold Bax. This piece, which features a Celtic influence, was composed for British oboist Leon Goossens, brother of former RPO music director Eugene Goossens.
Wine tastings will be held at intermission. The pre-concert talk starts at 3:30 p.m. Valet parking is available at the hotel.
Tickets cost $35 or free for students with a current school ID. Visit chambermusicrochester.org for information.