Violinist Eugene Drucker Returns

The Concerts at Camphill Ghent chamber music series continues on Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. in the Culture Hall at 2542 Route 66 in Chatham with world-renowned violinist Eugene Drucker, cellist Roberta Cooper, double bassist Peter Weitzner and pianist and series Artistic Director Gili Melamed-Lev.

“The Melody’s Winding Path: From Vienna to Argentina to Czechoslovakia” is the theme of the afternoon concert as the chamber music series continues its sixth season. The program will include the Piano Trio in C Major by W.A. Mozart, Chant by local composer Sheila Silver, the Dumky Trio by Dvorak, Oblivion and La Muerte del Angel by Piazzolla. Composer Silver will introduce her piece during the program. A reception with the artists follows the concert.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and free for students. Tickets are available by calling (518) 392-2760 or online at

Drucker is the founder of the Emerson String Quartet and is also an active soloist. He has appeared with the orchestras of Montreal, Brussels, Antwerp, Liege, Hartford, Richmond, Omaha, Jerusalem and the Rhineland-Palatinate, as well as with the American Symphony Orchestra and the Aspen Chamber Symphony. A graduate of Columbia University and the Juilliard School, where he studied with Oscar Shumsky, Drucker was concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra where he appeared as soloist many times.

Cooper won the Artists International Competition which sponsored her Carnegie Hall debut. She is a member of the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio and is theassistant principal cellist of the American Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra and the Westchester Philharmonic. Cooper has been a cellist with harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper and the Berkshire Bach Society for many years and has performed as a guest cellist with the Emerson Quartet in concerts all over the world.

Weitzner is a graduate of the Juilliard School and has performed with Solisti New York, the Jupiter Symphony, EOS Ensemble, SONYC, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Stamford Symphony, Musicians Accord and the New Jersey Symphony. As a soloist he has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony and performed the New York premiere of Silver’s Chant for bass and piano.

Melamed-Lev is an engaging, multi-faceted pianist who enjoys a career as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborative artist. She has been a member of the Lev-Evans Duo since 2013 and is the founder and artistic director of The Concerts at Camphill Ghent chamber music series.

The next performance in the series is “Celebrating Quartets” on March 17 at 3 p.m. in the Culture Hall with violinist Joana Genova, violist Ariel Rudiakov, bassoonist Gili Sharett, cellist Nathaniel Parke and pianist Melamed-Lev.