USCB Chamber Music is back

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Violinist James Ehnes, pianist Andrew Armstrong to play Brahms, Schumann 

By Michael Johns 

In 2007, The Washington Post tried a social experiment on context, perception, and taste: in a banal setting at an inconvenient time, could beauty rise above routine and self-absorption? 

The newspaper enlisted one of the world’s most well-known violinists, Joshua Bell, to play unaccompanied masterpieces on his 1713 Stradivarius in a downtown Washington, D.C., Metro station. During 43 rush-hour minutes, 1,097 people passed by. Only seven stopped and listened attentively, a distressingly small number. 

Will the people of the Lowcountry repeat this travesty? One of the greatest violinists of this era, James Ehnes, is traveling to Beaufort to play for us in our backyard. Attend and be counted! The people of the Lowcountry know better than to pass by such an opportunity. Come and experience this sublime presentation of timeless music. 

Gramophone’s 2021 Artist of the Year, Canadian violinist and violist Ehnes will join pianist and Artistic Director Andrew Armstrong in a duo recital of wistful, enchanting, and formidable music by Brahms and Schumann as USC Beaufort Chamber Music hosts the first concert of its 42nd season at 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31, at the USC Beaufort Center for the Arts, located at 805 Carteret Street. 

The composers were fast friends and staunch supporters of each other. 

Robert Schumann, the elder by a generation, predicted greatness for Johannes Brahms and helped to bring it about; Brahms venerated and cared for Schumann in health and illness. Schumann’s Violin Sonata No 3 in A Minor, WoO 27, Märchenbilder (“Fairytale Pictures”) for Viola and Piano, Op. 113, and Brahms’ Sonataensatz were written between 1851-1853. They radiate warmth and accessibility animated by Romantic-period declamation. Brahms’ Violin Sonata No 3, Op 108 is a late work that reveals the composer’s full maturity. 

Hailed by the New York Time as “A violinist in a class of his own,” Ehnes has established himself as one of the most sought-after violinists on the international stage. Gifted with a rare combination of stunning virtuosity, serene lyricism and an unfaltering musicality, Ehnes is an elite talent in the middle of a major career. 

He is a favorite guest of many of the world’s most respected conductors. A partial list of orchestral collaborations includes performances with the Boston, Chicago, London, San Francisco, and Vienna Symphonies, the Los Angeles, New York, Munich, and Czech Philharmonics, and the Cleveland, Philadelphia, London Philharmonia, MET Opera, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and DSO Berlin Orchestras. 

Ehnes has an extensive discography, winning many recording awards, with multiple Grammys, including “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance” and a JUNO Award for “Best Classical Album of the Year.” His recording of the Paganini Caprices earned him universal praise, with Diapason writing of the disc, “Ehnes confirms the predictions of Erick Friedman, eminent student of Heifetz: ‘there is only one like him born every hundred years.’” James Ehnes performs on the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715. 

Pianist Armstrong has been praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique while delighting audiences across Asia, Europe, Latin America, Canada, and the United States, including recital performances at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Armstrong’s orchestral engagements across the globe have featured a sprawling repertoire of more than 50 concertos. Chamber music performances include collaborations with the Elias, Alexander, American, and Manhattan String Quartets, and as a member of the Caramoor Virtuosi, Boston Chamber Music Society, Seattle Chamber Music Society, and Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. 

In addition, Armstrong serves as Artistic Director of USCB Chamber Music, Columbia Museum of Art’s Chamber Music on Main series, the recently founded New Canaan Chamber Music in New Canaan Conn., and from 2017-2021 as Director of the Chamber Music Institute at Wisconsin’s Green Lake Festival of Music. He enhances both performance and administrative activities with sparkling wit and entertaining, informative banter. 


What: USC Beaufort Chamber Music featuring violinist and violist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong 

When: 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31 

Where: USC Beaufort Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret Street 

Tickets and concert information: Visit www. or call 843-208-8246. The concert is available live, in person, via live stream and On-Demand. 

Above: Violinist James Ehnes

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