April 22nd: Chamber Music Charleston to Perform at the Art Trail Gallery
The last concert of the 2011-12 season at the Art Trail Gallery will be presented Sunday April 22 at 5 PM. The featured performers will be Chamber Music Charleston, who received a standing ovation earlier in the season. The program will include Franz Joseph Haydn String Quartet No.53 in D Major “The Lark” and Franz Schubert String Quartet in a minor. The musicians will be Frances Hsieh and Jenny Weiss, violin; Ben Weiss, viola and Tim O’Malley, cello. Tickets are $10 available at the door. The concert is approximately one hour followed by a reception with the artist.
Chamber Music Charleston (CMC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing the audience for classical music through chamber music concerts and educational performances of high artistic quality by musicians of the Lowcountry. All programs presented by CMC are developed to highlight the diversity, eclecticism and excitement possible in chamber music.
Frances Hsieh, a native of Chapel Hill, began studying violin at age five under Dorothy Kitchen of the Duke University String School. She continued her studies with Eric Pritchard as an A.J. Fletcher Scholar at Duke University earning degrees in Music and Biology. Frances received her Masters in Violin Performance at the Eastman School of Music. Frances is a core member of Chamber Music Charleston and has performed with numerous symphonies including the North Carolina and Phoenix Symphonies and has won positions with the Colorado Music Festival, Richmond and Charleston Symphony Orchestras.
Cellist Timothy O'Malley was first introduced to the cello at the age of nine when he participated in a strings program in Tucson, Arizona. Since then his studies have brought him across the United States and to Europe. Mr. O'Malley received his Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and his Master’s Degree in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. O'Malley is a core member of Chamber Music Charleston and plays frequently with the Charleston and Hilton Head Orchestras.
A native of Indiana, violist Ben Weiss attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he completed his Bachelor of Music degree and Performer Diploma in violin as well as a Performer Diploma in viola. While at Indiana University he was a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony, Carmel Symphony and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Ben and his wife Jenny enjoy performing together as the Weiss Duo and he has made Charleston his home to teach violin and viola at the Ashley Hall School. In addition to Chamber Music Charleston, he also performs regularly with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and teaches at the College of Charleston.
Jenny Weiss, originally from Delaware, Ohio, began studying the violin at the age of 5. She completed her Bachelors Degree and Performer Diploma at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a student of Federico Agostini. While living in Bloomington, Jenny was a member of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Carmel Symphony, Terre Haute Symphony, and Richmond Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys performing regularly with her husband Ben and since moving here, Jenny has performed regularly with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, The Sound of Charleston, and also teaches violin at Ashley Hall School.