Festive Air on Tap for December 9 Concert

Joel Pitchon, Marie-Volcy Pelletier and Paul Green.

Clarinet, piano, cello and violin come together for a festive performance on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. as The Concerts at Camphill Ghent chamber music series continues its sixth season in the Culture Hall at 2542 Route 66 in Chatham.

“Slavic Influences” will be performed by violinist Joel Pitchon, cellist Marie-Volcy Pelletier, clarinetist Paul Green and pianist and series Artistic Director Gili Melamed-Lev. The program is centered around two masterpieces in the chamber music repertoire, the Clarinet Trio in A minor Op. 114 by Johannes Brahms and the Piano Trio in B flat Major Op. 99 by Franz Schubert. Klezmer music and other light pieces will add holiday spice to the afternoon’s performances.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $10 for students and $55 for a family. For reservations, call (518) 392-2760 or go online to [email protected].

Joel Pitchon

            Violinist Pitchon is a soloist, concertmaster, chamber music player and professor of violin and chamber music at Smith College. He earned his degrees from the Juilliard School of music where he studied the violin with Oscar Shumsky and Joseph Fuchs. He has served as the concertmaster for numerous orchestras, including the New York Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the EOS Chamber Orchestra. Pitchon recorded a CD for Gasparo Records of four sonatas for violin and piano, with the composer Clifton J. Noble, Jr. as well as New England Legacy, works by Quincy Porter, Walter Piston and Amy Beach with pianist Jonathan Bass. Pitchon is currently the co-director of the Sage Chamber Music Society.

Marie-Volcy Pelletier

            Cellist Pelletier has performed as a founding member of the Concert Players String Trio in London, the Forster String Trio and the Kinor String Quartet in New York. A Paris native, Pelletier is a lecturer in cello performance at Smith College and is currently a member of the Sage Chamber Music Society. By age 20, she was a member of the Lyon Symphony Orchestra and went on to win a Fulbright Scholarship to study with Bernard Greenhouse, former cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio at the New England Conservatory. Pelletier has been featured in chamber music and solo recitals on both sides of the Atlantic. She has been the acting principle cello of the Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona in Spain and the Bournemouth Sinfonietta in the United Kingdom as well as being a frequent performer with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Paul Green

            Clarinetist Green’s career spans jazz, classical music and klezmer. He is co-director of “Klezmer East,” co-director of “A Summer Celebration of Jewish Music” in the Berkshires and is first clarinet of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in South Florida. He performs jazz widely throughout the Berkshires and South Florida, appearing at the Barrington Stage, Colonial Theatre, the Gateways Inn, Red Lion Inn, Florida International University, Lynn University and other venues. Green is an instructor and a member of the faculties of Williams College, Skidmore College, the Hotchkiss School and the Berkshire Music School.