Florida Chamber Music Project presents Schumann & Beethoven

Florida Chamber Music Project presents Schumann & Beethoven

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Gates 2:00PM | Starts 3:00PM
Tickets:  $25.00 – General Seating

Website : https://www.flchambermusic.org

The Florida Chamber Music Project (FCMP) has announced their 2017 performance dates at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.

The music series is a partnership between the Florida Chamber Music Project and St. Johns County Cultural Events Division, which owns and operates the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. St. Johns County Cultural Events Director Ryan Murphy is proud to partner with the FCMP again for a fourth season. “This partnership provides an opportunity for the genre of classical music to be featured in our area. We are proud to host the ensemble at the Concert Hall.” “We are excited to bring another season of great music to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall,” said Susan Pardue, FCMP’s violist and artistic director. “The varied programs offer something for everyone.”

February 26, 2017 – Quintet in E Flat Major, Opus 44 by Schumann accompanied by a composition by Beethoven

April 23, 2017 – String Quartet in E Flat, K. 428 by Mozart and String Quartet in G Minor by Debussy

All concerts start at 3:00 p.m. Season or individual show tickets may be purchased at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Box Office before each performance and in advance online at ticketmaster.com.

The St. Johns County Cultural Events Division manages the daily operations of both the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre as well as supports events and festivals throughout St. Johns County. During 2015, over 200,000 visitors attended concerts, festivals, and community events at both venues.

FCMP fosters the presentation of classical chamber music by highly qualified professional musicians while increasing awareness of classical chamber music in the state of Florida. We provide educational opportunities for students of all kinds concerning the nature and value of classical chamber music and its performance.

Open Rehearsal & Silent Auction

The Florida Chamber Music Project & The House of Stereo

Cordially invite you to a complimentary event:
Open Rehearsal & Silent Auction
benefiting the Florida Chamber Music Project.

Featuring the work of artist Bharati Chauduri

Saturday, September 24, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

6:00 Wine and Dessert Reception
7:00 Open Rehearsal Segment
8:30 Silent Auction Closes
9:00 Event Concludes


8780 Perimeter Park Ct. Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32216

Attendance is Complimentary
RSVP to (904) 642-6677

Q&A with Violinist Anna Genest

Anna Genest – ViolinistViolinist Anna Genest is a passionate chamber music enthusiast. A member of the Jacksonville Symphony since 2002, she finds the musical freedom and challenges of the Florida Chamber Music Project inspiring. Annual trips to Wyoming, where she is a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra are also central to her musical life. Anna holds a master’s degree from The Juilliard School, a Performance Diploma from The Mannes College of Music, a bachelor’s degree from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, and is a former member of the New World Symphony. She has served on the faculties of New York University and the Third Street Music School, and as a teaching assistant to Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music. In 1999, following her Carnegie Hall recital debut, Strings Magazine enthused, “Her tone shimmered and glowed, and the passagework was brilliant.” Anna is also the mother of two young children.


1) Where were you first introduced to chamber music?

I almost do not remember a time when I didn’t play chamber music. As kids, my older brother and I played violin and cello duets, and my amateur pianist father played with us, and also used the piano to help me tune my instrument, figure out complex rhythms, and work on ear training. When I was fourteen, fifteen and sixteen, I spent seven weeks each summer at the Quartet Program, run by the well-known violinist Charles Castleman, doing nothing but practicing and rehearsing string quartets. An interesting thing about FCMP is that Laurie and Susan also went there as kids, though the three of us grew up in completely different places.


2) Why do you love it?

I think the summers at the Quartet Program is where I started to love the unique sonority of string quartets, however, it is more recently as a long-time orchestral musician, that I have truly appreciated the level of musical satisfaction associated with playing chamber music. Each musician is fully responsible for crafting a meaningful performance and that is deeply rewarding. I also enjoy the opportunity to experiment and the realization that there can be many successful interpretations of a musical fragment.


3) Why should people come out to a concert?

An FCMP concert is a unique opportunity for audiences in Jacksonville. This music is not just good music, it is the best music that the best composers have given us. This is the War and Peace, Hamlet, and Moby Dick of music. We don’t just throw it together either. An FCMP performance represents countless hours of study, practice, and rehearsals, and then we bring it together in an intimate venue where the audience can get close enough to see the music on our pages and can visit with us after the performances.


4) What is special about this season?

I am really looking forward to Mendelssohn’s Octet in April. If you think one string quartet sounds good, you should definitely hear the sound of two of them put together. The eight voices of similar timbre, weaving in and out of each other are incredible.


5) How has FCMP evolved over the years?

We enjoy getting to know our patrons. Some of our fans like to sponsor particular repertoire and we are delighted to play their favorites. We are always responding to feedback and requests and will keep working with our audiences towards enhancing our series.

Q&A with Violist Susan Pardue

Susan Pardue – Violist and Artistic DirectorSusan Pardue is a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, she played with the New World Symphony in Miami. A native of North Carolina, she earned a high school diploma and bachelor of music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts and a master of music degree from the Juilliard School. Her viola teachers have included Sally Peck in North Carolina, William Lincer at Juilliard and Piero Farulli, with whom she studied in Italy on a Fulbright scholarship.


1) Where were you first introduced to chamber music?

I’m not sure when the very first time was, but one thing I saw as a young child that made a huge impression on me was a video of Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Jacqueline du Pre, Zubin Mehta and Daniel Barenboim playing Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet. Their love for the music and joy in their friendship was so much fun to see. It seemed the perfect combination to me and I wanted to have that kind of fun.


2) Why do you love it?

I  mainly love it because it is music among friends, for friends.


3) Why should people come out to a concert?

There are many reasons. One is that chamber music is more intimate and personal than a bigger concert. Because of this, there is more of an opportunity to see and know the musicians and audience up close. We also play some great music.


4) What is special about this season?

Well, we have two concerts left. Our March 6 concert features quartets by Haydn and Brahms, kind of “meat and potatoes” pieces. The April 10 concert features a Beethoven quartet and the Mendelssohn Octet, both pieces written when the composers were young men. The Octet is one of the most exciting chamber music pieces I have ever heard. It will be the first time that we have played a piece written for eight musicians. All of the music is special, and all of it is being performed for the first time by FCMP.


5) How has FCMP evolved over the years?

We hopefully get better each concert. We are finding more and more pieces that interest us, so the concerts should continue to be exciting. We are looking forward to our fourth season, and we hope to announce that soon.

Florida Chamber Music at Ponte Vedra Club


On September 24, the Florida Chamber Music Project (FCMP) officially kicked off their third season. The soiree, hosted by the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, was a combined celebration of music and art to acknowledge the support of the community for FCMP throughout the musical ensemble’s first two seasons—and to announce and begin what promises to be a spectacular 2015-2016 season of strings and adventures for the musical ensemble.

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Season Preview a Success at Ponte Vedra Club

Florida Chamber Music Project preseason fundraising social
The Florida Chamber Music Project (FCMP) kicked off season three with a preview concert and exhibition of original art at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club on September 24.
Dozens of paintings and the artist Dr. Susanne Schuenke illuminated the evening event.  Schuenke also unveiled an illustration featuring the musical ensemble which is reproduced on posters promoting the FCMP Season.
FCMP performed the music of Handel/Halvorsen, Dvorak and Mozart before joining the audience for a dessert and coffee finale.
The Florida Chamber Music Project season begins at 3:00 on October 18 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall sponsored by the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. Music of Mozart and Mendelssohn will be featured. Tickets are available at the box office or online at Ticketmaster.com