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Piano Quartets in Cambria

Piano Quartets in CambriaSymphony of the Vines  begins our 10th Anniversary Season in the cool air of Cambria with Piano Quartets by German Romantic composers. The piano quartet is a great vehicle for chamber music, combining the warmth and richness of strings with the clarity of the piano.

The program features two piano quartets by men who had a great influence on each other, and a shared love of one woman. These composers are Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Schumann, the elder statesman of the new German Romantic style, was also the editor of the New Music Journal, in which he praised Brahms as the next Beethoven, the next great German composer. This put a great deal of pressure on the 20-year-old Brahms. Schumann’s wife, Clara Wieck, was a leading concert pianist, composer, and critic. She encouraged and helped Brahms with his compositions. He, in turn, became confused with feelings of love for her, and guilt that is mentor, Schumann, was her husband. Even after Schumann’s early death, the two continued the relationship, but Clara never allowed it to go beyond a professional one.

On the program is Schumann’s impassioned quartet in E-flat, and Brahms’ fiery early opus in G minor. Also on the program is a one-movement work by Gustav Mahler, the Late Romantic composer of massive symphonies and writer of songs. This is the only instrumental chamber work that survives.

Robert Cassidy, piano
Pianist Robert Cassidy has received widespread acclaim for his performances and recordings of both solo piano repertoire and chamber music. Dr. Cassidy often appears in concert as a soloist and chamber musician, most recently on a solo recital tour in Cleveland, New York, and Vienna, and in a chamber performance at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Dr. Cassidy has been presented on radio stations WFMT in Chicago (Dame Myra Hess Series), WRUW, WCLV and WCPN in Cleveland, WKSU in Kent, Ohio, and WNYC in New York.

Maurice Sklar, violin
Dr. Maurice Sklar was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to a Russian-Jewish family with a rich musical heritage. At age four, he began playing the violin. He won numerous awards from the age of nine, and left home to study violin with Fredell Lack in Houston, Texas, when he was only thirteen. He attended Meadowmount Summer Music School, Ivan Galamian’s Strings Camp, for seven consecutive years from the age of thirteen to nineteen.
Accepted at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City at the age of fifteen, Maurice subsequently won a scholarship to attend the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music at the age of sixteen, where he studied with the great violin teacher, Ivan Galamian.

Dr. Maurice Sklar has appeared as soloist with many orchestras and he continues to perform concerts across the country and abroad.

Andrew Grishaw, viola
Andrew is a doctoral candidate at the USC Thornton School of Music. Andrew studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Frost School of Music, University of Miami and the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. In summer of 2019, he served as Viola Faculty at the renowned Cazadero Performing Arts Camp in Northern California.

Hilary Clark, cello
Hilary Clark studied cello performance at UC Santa Barbara, Western Michigan University, UC Santa Cruz, and the Meadowmount School for Strings. Currently she performs with numerous local chamber groups, Santa Maria Philharmonic, and is a nuclear medicine technologist at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.


Piano Quartets is Sunday, September 15, 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 - $30, and children K-12 are free with a paid adult thanks to a sponsorship from the San Luis Obispo County of Education.  Tickets are available at the door or online at

Symphony of the Vines is nonprofit, professional orchestra based in north San Luis Obispo County that specializes in small orchestra and chamber ensembles playing in various venues including Central Coast wineries.

Presenter / Producer: Symphony of the Vines

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Music > Chamber Music

Event Phone: 805-712-1224

Cambria Presbyterian Church
2250 Yorkshire Drive
Cambria CA 93428

Central California
Ventura, Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo

Performance Dates: 9/15/2019
Sunday, 09/15/2019

Performance Times
September 15, 4pm

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