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KENT—The Sherman Chamber Ensemble has announced a diverse season this summer ranging from classics by Schubert and Mendelssohn to Broadway tunes, jazz, pop, blue grass and rock.

Broadway favorite Liz Callaway returns for a performance of favorite songs in “’S Wonderful,” Friday, July 19, at Canterbury School’s Maguire Auditorium in New Milford as part of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble’s 2024 season. Photo contributed

The ensemble will present a pre-season concert Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, featuring works by Franz Schubert, considered to be the last grandmaster of the Viennese classical school of music, as well as one of the earliest proponents of Romanticism. He is counted among the most gifted composers of the 19th century, writing 1,000 pieces of music even though he lived only to the age of 31.

Saturday’s concert will be at 7:30 p.m. at The JCC in Sherman and Sunday, the group performs at 4 p.m. at The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens in Washington, CT. Performing are Susan Rotholz (flute), Doori Na (violin), Jane Chung (violin), Sarah Adams (viola), and Artistic Director Eliot Bailen (cello).

Broadway favorite Liz Callaway returns for a performance of favorite songs in “’S Wonderful,” Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Canterbury School’s Maguire Auditorium on Aspectuck Avenue, New Milford. The 2024 Grammy nominee, Tony nominee, Emmy Award-winning actress and singer will be joined in a performance filled with iconic and timeless hits. 

Callaway, an award-winning actress, singer, and recording artist, has graced Broadway stages in Miss SaigonCats and Baby. She is provided the singing voice of Kiara in The Lion King II, Princess Jasmine in the Aladdin sequels, and Anya in the Oscar-nominated film, Anastasia.

Callaway has an international following and travels extensively coast to coast.

The concert will also showcase George Gershwin’s masterpiece, Concerto in F, an even more ambitious venture than his previous Rhapsody in Blue

Joining Callaway and Rosenthal are Susan Rotholz (flute), Paul Woodiel (violin), Robin Zeh (violin), Sarah Adams (viola), Eliot Bailen (cello), and Daniel Bailen (double bass).

General admission tickets are $65. Reserved seating tickets are $100. Both include an After Concert Reception. Children ages 16 and younger are admitted free. In addition, premium tiers of seating, including Patron, Maestro and Underwriter, start at $250 and include Reserved/Preferred Seating and Program Listing. Tickets will be available at the door, subject to availability.

On Friday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Church in Kent and on Saturday, Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. at The JCC in Sherman, the ensemble will present an eclectic mix of music featuring tango arrangements by Pablo Ziegler, String Quintet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 18 by Felix Mendelssohn and traditional Nordic folk tunes arranged by the Danish String Quartet. Performers are Susan Rotholz (flute), Doori Na (violin), Jane Chung (violin), David Cresswell (viola), Kal Sugatski (viola), and Eliot Bailen (cello).

The summer season ends with Hidden Genius—A Foray Into Fauré on Friday, Aug. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Church in Kent and on Saturday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. at Theatreworks in New Milford. Works include Elégie for cello and piano, Sicilienne for flute and piano and Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15 by Gabriel Fauré and Piano Trio for flute, cello and piano in G major, Hob. XV by Franz Josef Haydn. Margaret Kampmeier (piano) will be joined by Susan Rotholz (flute), Doori Na (violin), Sarah Adams (viola), and Artistic Director Eliot  Bailen (cello). 

Tickets for all concerts can be purchased online at www.SCEmusic.org. General Admission tickets for August concerts are $30. For information or reservations, call 860-355-5930 or email info@SCEmusic.org. Tickets will be available at the door, subject to availability.

A three-concert subscription for the July and August concerts is also available.  To download the complete season schedule, visit www.SCEmusic.org.

Founded in 1982 by cellist Eliot Bailen and flutist Susan Rotholz, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble offers a year-round schedule of performances for all ages at venues in Connecticut and New York. 

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