The Roycroft Chamber Music Festival is in full swing, with chamber music pouring out this weekend over the bucolic streets of East Aurora.
Organized by pianist Eugene Gaub and his wife, violinist Nancy McFarland Gaub, the festival spotlights some of the top musical talent in Western New York. This weekend, the Gaubs are joined by musicians including Rebecca Ansel, Jeremy Crosmer, Rebekah Johnson, Ann Roggen, Peter Szczepanek, Donna Lorenzo and Gail and David Niwa.
Friday evening’s concert features John Fullam, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal clarinetist, in Brahms’ glorious Clarinet Trio. Also on the program is Beethoven’s Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3, and, as a change of pace, “Synchronicity in Purple Minor” by Joel Love.
Saturday’s concert begins with Haydn’s Piano Trio in G, featuring the famous “Gypsy Rondo.” It continues with a Prokofiev piano and violin sonata and ends with Mendelssohn’s Octet, music of effervescent genius.
Both concerts are at 8 p.m. in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, on the corner of Main and Maple streets in East Aurora. Admission is $20 at the door. Advance tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Roycroft Inn, Tops or the Copper Shop in East Aurora, as well as online. For more info, visit www.roycroftchambermusic.org.
– Mary Kunz Goldman