The Rainier Trio and soprano Leslie Mabe’s Christmas concerts have become a favorite on the final day of “Christmas in Historic Chatham.”

CHATHAM, Va. — Classical music fans will be delighted to know that the Chatham Concert Series is back for a full season of performances running October through April.

Internationally acclaimed pianist and Virginia native Harold Brown will return to Chatham to perform with violinist Kevin Matheson on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m.

The Chatham Concert Series will kick off its 14th season at Emmanuel Episcopal Church with two of the most famous works written for violin and piano: Beethoven’s “Spring Sonata” and Brahms masterful “Sonata No. 3 in D Minor.”

Brown has been heard throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and South America, as well as on television and radio, in recital, in chamber music, and as a soloist with symphony orchestras.

Brown has participated in numerous music festivals and has often appeared in master classes and lecture recitals. He has an extensive repertoire ranging from Bach to Messiaen. His performances of Ravel’s complete piano works have garnered high critical acclaim.

The Rainier Trio and soprano Leslie Mabe’s Christmas concerts have become a favorite on the final day of “Christmas in Historic Chatham.”

On Sunday, Dec. 5 at 3:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Chatham Concert Series will put on its seasonal celebration of Nutcracker, Yuletide carols and other favorites.

Back by popular demand, the Roanoke Ballet Theatre will perform new choreography to the music of Antonio Vivaldi’s famous “The Four Seasons,” with the Rainier Trio. Come early on Sunday, Jan. 23 for the 3 p.m. performance, because the previous concert was standing room only.

On Friday, March 18at 7 p.m., the Rainier Trio will return for a program of romantic era trios for violin, viola and piano by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Robert Fuchs and Ignaz Lachner.

Pianist Judy Clark will join violinist Kevin Matheson to close the season with Beethoven’s “Kreutzer Sonata” and Dvorak’s intimate Sonatina on Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to support the performers.

The Chatham Concert Series is sponsored by Chatham First, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Chatham Arts, Chatham Hall, Davenport Energy, First Piedmont, La Chaumière Bed and Breakfast and Reid Street Gallery.

For more information, please visit www.ClassicStringsDuo.com.

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