About the Concerts


Friends and Music Lovers, in preparing for the 37th season of the Hop River Chamber Music concerts, my thoughts turn to joyful anticipation of beautiful, spirited, music-making, the wonderful camaraderie among the talented musicians, the three hot Thursday evenings cooled by the Church’s air conditioning, and your much appreciated presence. We look forward to seeing you at 7:30 p.m. on July 9, 16, & 23 at the First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) on the corner of Route 6 and Long Hill Road in Andover, CT.

We are at the beginning of a new season with some of the founding musicians and others from the early years. Our outstanding Artistic Directors continue to be Fran Bard, Gary Chapman, and Barbara Vaughn. Each year our family of artists is extended to include guest musicians. This year we welcome back flutist Barbara Hopkins and soprano Joanne Scattergood.

This summer’s concerts take the form of ‘musical sandwiches,’ in which less familiar works appear between old favorites. The first concert will open with two preludes and fugues by Bach and close with Chopin’s second piano concerto, as arranged by the composer for piano and string quintet. In between is Lowell Liebermann’s piquant Trio No. 1, a 2002 composition for flute, cello, & piano commissioned by James Galway.

At the second concert, we will hear music by Haydn and Brahms, two favorite composers of the standard music literature. The concert begins with the “Quinten” quartet from Haydn’s late Op. 76 quartets and ends with Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 3, one of the great violin sonatas. The delectable filling in this ‘sandwich’ is S´er´enade lointaine for piano trio (1903), a beautiful gem, not often heard, by Romanian composer George Enescu, and songs from the 1930s by Francis Poulenc & Kurt Weill.

For the final concert, masterpieces by Mozart & Brahms bracket a very tonal Serenade (1935) for clarinet, violin, & cello by Austrian composer Hans Gál. Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Quintet opens this concert, which closes with Brahms’ Sextet in G-major for strings, a beautiful way to end the season.

The Board of Directors offers its appreciation and thanks to Art Kirschenbaum, who served Hop River Chamber Music as Treasurer for the past two years. In his place, we welcome Barbara Vaughan as our new Treasurer.

This is the third season for raising funds to commission an outstanding composer to create a significant work for performances by the Hop River Chamber musicians. You will hear more about this venture and how, you, our audience, can continue to support this effort. We are deeply grateful for your financial contributions thus far.

In order to continue offering three concerts each season, it is essential that we receive your strong financial support. We do not sell tickets, but we do accept contributions at the door (suggested amount: $10 per person). We also rely on the philanthropy of many of you who become special donors of greater amounts. To make a contribution, please complete the form below, detach, and return it with your check (payable to “Hop River Chamber Music” or “HRCM, Inc.”) to

Barbara Vaughan, Treasurer
Hop River Chamber Music
772 Warrenville Rd.
Mansfield Center, CT 06250

Donors whose contributions are received by June 27 will be acknowledged in the program booklet. Hop River Chamber Music, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, and contributions to it are tax-deductible.

I look forward to greeting you at our July concerts!

Carolyn Lester, President

Board of Directors