Chamber music lovers welcome the return of founder David Kim to the 25th anniversary season of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival. It is the first time since 2008 that Kim has graced the stage at the University of Rhode Island, and he was warmly received.
We enjoyed the second concert in the seven-concert series, which continues this weekend with concerts on Friday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 4 at 8 p.m.
Kim was accompanied by pianist Gail Niwa in Clara Schumann’s passionate “Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 23.” Highlight of the evening was an entertaining “Wassahickon poeTrees” (named after a park in Philadelphia) by contemporary composer Jennifer Higdon and performed by the multi-talented Talea Ensemble.
Friday night’s concert will feature works by Mozart, J.S. Bach and Schubert, while Sunday night is all about Mendelsson and brings Kim back to the stage with three other violins, two violas and two cellos playing “Octet in E-flat, Op. 20.
Seating is open, so arrive early, although all seats have a good view of the stage and the acoustics are very good in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on Upper College Road.
Tickets are a most reasonable $25. Call 789-0665 for reservations, or go online at www.kingstonchambermusic.org.