Red Violin Among Summer’s Classical Highlights

Elizabeth Pitcairn and the Red Violin

There’s still plenty of time to catch some class acts during this summer’s Luzerne Chamber Music Festival at the Luzerne Music Center, including international star Elizabeth Pitcairn performing on her even more famous violin. (Read more about both in The Red Violin, from our August 2012 issue.) Pitcairn will join cellist Abraham Feder and pianist Toby Blumenthal for “Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky” on July 21 at 7:30 p.m.

On July 27 viola soloist David Aaron Carpenter teams up with the Salomé Chamber Orchestra Principal Players for a gala concert to benefit the center’s scholarship fund. The champagne and music start flowing at 4:30 p.m., followed by a gourmet dinner under the stars and live auction.

A trio of quintets will take the stage on August 4, and the Fabulous Philadelphians—violinist Barbara Govatos and her Philadelphia Orchestra colleagues—perform on August 11. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

Finally, on August 18 at 7:30 p.m., New York Philharmonic assistant concertmaster Michelle Kim headlines a star-studded program that includes the work of Schubert, Beethoven and Brahms.

Tickets for all of the performances can be purchased at; call (518) 696-2771 for information.

Also this summer, The Sembrich, in Bolton Landing, commemorates the centennial of the outbreak of World War I with a series of lectures and performances. Offerings include a theatrical reading with music of the play Not About Heroes—chronicling the friendship of British war poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen—on July 19 at 7:30 p.m., and “The Eve of War,” a recreation of one of Ignacy Paderewski’s Carnegie Hall Recitals for American Polish Relief by pianist Thomas Pandolfi on July 31 at 7:30 p.m. For details visit or call (518) 644-2431.