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Celebrating Mozart's Birthday

The birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on January 27, 1756, provides the occasion for a concert of chamber music performed by three of Southern California's most distinguished musicians.

Alice Schoenfeld and Eleonore Schoenfeld, each a virtuoso in her own right, have combined their artistry in a violin/cello duo that is unique in its musical rapport, technical mastery, and diversity of its repertoire. Their concerts have taken them throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, the Far East, and Australia, where they have given recitals and performed as soloists with leading philharmonic and radio orchestras. During their 48 European concert tours the Schoenfelds have made over 250 recordings of solo and chamber music literature for the major radio stations in Europe. In the United States the duo has recorded for Everest records and Orion Master Recordings.

The University of Southern California awarded the prestigious "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" RAMO Faculty Award to Eleonore Schoenfeld in 1990 and to Alice Schoenfeld in 1991. Their students can be found as concert artists worldwide, in major orchestras, and on the faculties of the finest music schools.

Pianist June Lusk Nelson is professor of music at El Camino College, where she received the "Outstanding Service Award" in 1991. She coordinates the applied music program and teaches piano at El Camino College. She appears regularly as a soloist, with orchestra, and as a chamber musician locally, in Canada, and in Europe.

The Schoenfeld Duo and June Lusk Nelson will perform Mozart's Concerto in D major, KV 218, for violin and piano (1775); Beethoven's Seven Variations for Piano and Cello based on a theme by Mozart (1791); and Trio in C Major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, KV 548, by Mozart (1788).

This program is the third of four concerts in the Stotsenberg Chamber Music Series, funded by a gift from Dorothy and Ed Stotsenberg, friends of CMC. The concert grand piano is provided courtesy of Yamaha Corporation of America.

The Athenaeum is an ideal setting for chamber music, and you are welcome to join us for an evening of good food and beautiful music.