The Chateau Girardeau “Sundays at Three” series opens the 2018-2019 season with “Baffoni, Braddock, Lin and Lopes” at 3 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
Series director Gabrielle Baffoni joins forces with Ching-Yi Lin, Andy Braddock and Zachary Lopes of Western Kentucky University (WKU) to present a program of music for clarinet, violin, viola and piano.
Baffoni is assistant professor of single reeds at Southeast and performs as principal clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra in Kentucky, and appears regularly with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.
While she has performed with each of these talented musicians separately, this will be the first time all four of them will come together for a chamber music program, Baffoni said.
“They are all great musicians and friends. This is going to be a beautiful collaboration audiences will love,” Baffoni said.
The program will include a pairing of Robert Schumann’s “Fairy Tales” with György Kurtág’s “Hommage à Robert Schumann,” a performance of a duo by Bohuslav Martinů for violin and viola, and Béla Bartók’s “Contrasts,” a cornerstone piece in the repertoire for clarinet, violin and piano.
Joining Baffoni, performer Lin serves as concertmaster of the symphony, artist violin faculty, and heads the Pre-College Violin/Viola Program at WKU.
Braddock is a viola professor at WKU and with the WKU Pre-College Strings Program. He teaches viola at the university and maintains a full pre-college studio of young violinists and violists.
Lopes, an assistant professor of piano at WKU, is an active soloist and collaborative artist who has given performances and master-classes across the United States, South America and Europe.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampus.org.
**Top Photo Caption: Gabrielle Baffoni