A beautiful and diverse range of musical styles will enliven the Van Pelt Auditorium as the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents its concert series for Spring 1997. Pianist Susan Starr and cellist Ulrich Boeckheler will be joined by a changing roster of friends for a pair of concerts. On Sunday, February 2, Starr and Boeckheler will be accompanied by three new principal players for the Philadelphia Orchestra--Erez Ofer on violin, Roberto Diaz on viola, and Harold Robinson on bass. The concert will feature Franz Schubert's Trout Quintet in A Major. Anthony Gigliotti, retired principal clarinetist for the Philadelphia Orchestra, will join Starr and Boeckheler on Sunday, April 13, in a concert highlighted by performances of Beethoven's Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major, op. 11, and Brahms's Clarinet Trio in A Minor, op. 114. The Starr/Boeckheler concerts are part of "The Philadelphia Connection," an ongoing series celebrating the city's musicians that is made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Louis C. Madeira IV.
The Ethos Percussion Group, an ensemble that explores the visual and musical excitement inherent to percussion instruments, will appear at the Museum on Sunday, February 9. Whether performing contemporary or traditional compositions from South America, India, Africa and the Pacific Rim, or the works of Gershwin and Bach, Ethos shakes and rattles to the delight of audiences, using an eclectic assortment of instruments including the marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, timpani, odaiko, tabla, congas, teponaxtle, dumbeck and others.
On Sunday, March 16, the String Trio of New York, a refreshingly adventurous jazz ensemble that blends innovation with exquisite precision, will present what's sure to be a riveting performance featuring their characteristically startling acoustic improvisations and compositions for violin, guitar and bass.
Finally, The Scholars of London will perform sacred music and madrigals by Mouton, Palestrina, Marenzio, Viadana, Lotti and A. Scarlatti (all of whom had served at various times during the 15th through 18th centuries as composers for the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican in Rome) on Sunday, May 4. The Scholars of London are renowned for their musicianship, intelligence and unusual repertoire, and their appearance at the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been scheduled to complement the exhibition Rodin and Michelangelo: A Study in Artistic Inspiration, which will be on view at the Museum from March 27 through June 22, 1997.
All concerts take place on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. in the Museum's Van Pelt Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for Museum Members, senior citizens and students with valid I.D.; and $15 for non-Members after Museum admission. Children under seven are not permitted in the auditorium. Advance tickets are available by calling (215) 684-7605.