Chamber Music by Philadelphia Orchestra Members at The Sembrich
—Violinist Philip Kates is featured—
Violinists Kates, Paul Arnold and Paul Roby along with cellist John Koen and pianist Yuriko Tanii-Toda perform a program highlighted by a variety of string repertoire.
The featured work of the evening is Fritz Kreisler’s String Quartet in A Minor, completed in 1922 and described by the composer as “my tribute to
“The phrase ’embarrassment of riches’ could not be used more aptly than to
describe the wonderful repertoire for violin,” states Kates in describing the program choices for the lakeside concert. “Along with music for piano and voice, Madame Sembrich’s other two loves, there truly is no greater trove of music from which to choose.”
Additional selections on Sunday’s program include works by Bach, Paganini, Wieniawski and, as described by Kates, “a couple of seldom played gems.”
Philip Kates joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in November of 1980. He began his studies before the age of three with his father, violinist-composer Henry Kates and later studied with Jascha Brodsky, Sally Thomas and former Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster Norman Carol. Kates is a member of the string quartet Liebesfreud and is a composer of several dozen works for voice, solo violin and various chamber groupings. He serves on The Sembrich Board of Directors.
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