Spotlight on women in classical music: Brick Church Music Series’s season comes to a close, April 28-29, with Champlain Trio

The Champlain Trio will close out the Brick Church Music Series’ 2023-2024 season with a performance Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. at the First Church of Deerfield, then a masterclass and panel discussion on April 29 for Deerfield Academy’s Chamber musicians.

The Champlain Trio will close out the Brick Church Music Series’ 2023-2024 season with a performance Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. at the First Church of Deerfield, then a masterclass and panel discussion on April 29 for Deerfield Academy’s Chamber musicians. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/EMIR HOROZOVIC

By CHRIS LARABEE

Staff Writer

Published: 04-13-2024 12:01 PM

Join the First Church of Deerfield for two days of classical music, as the Brick Church Music Series’ 2023-2024 season comes to a close on April 28 and 29.

The two-part event begins on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. at the First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main St., with the Champlain Trio of violinist Letita Quante, pianist Hiromi Fukuda and celloist Mina Kim. The performance is a fundraiser for the church with a suggested donation of $10 to $20 at the door. A reception will be held following the concert at the Hess Center for the Arts at Deerfield Academy.

Then, on April 29 at 1 p.m., the trio will host a masterclass for Deerfield Academy’s Chamber musicians, followed by a panel discussion about women in classical music, which ties into Deerfield Academy’s curriculum exploring female composers of the last 500 years. The panel discussion is expected to begin a little after 3 p.m.

Both the masterclass and panel will be held in the Wachsman Concert Hall in the Hess Center for the Arts and is free and open to the public. The concert will be held at the church.

“This will be a new venture for our audience,” said Brick Church Music Series Coordinator Jean Pitman Turner of having a two-part event. “For some people, they have been to concerts [at the Hess Center for the Arts], but I’m hoping they will go there and be comfortable walking to the venue.”

Typically, the Champlain Trio features Emily Taubl on cello but Taubl is unable to make it to Deerfield that weekend as she is expecting the birth of her first child. Mina Kim, a Phillips Exeter Academy instructor, will take her place for the weekend.

The trio will perform compositions by Alice Verne-Bredt, Hélène Liebmann and Dora Pejačević. Quante, Taubl and Fukuda have earned degrees from the Juilliard School and hold positions with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Amherst College, the University of Vermont and Middlebury College.

Pitman Turner said the partnership between the Brick Church Music Series and Deerfield Academy grew out of a chance coincidence a few years ago. Thomas Bergeron, the school’s director of music, had set up a violin masterclass the same weekend the Brick Church Music Series had scheduled its own violinist concert and Bergeron’s violinist had fallen ill.

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He reached out to Pitman Turner and her team and they were able to bring over the Brick Church’s violinist to help lead the class.

“It’s a wonderful learning experience for these young people and most satisfying for us mature individuals,” Pitman Turner said. “I’m pleased to be doing a co-sponsorship with Deerfield Academy.”

April 28 is the final show of the 2023-24 Brick Church Music series, which Pitman Turner said has drawn good crowds, as well as “stunning” performances. The series will return for its 2024-25 season in September.

For more information about the Brick Church Music Series, visit its website at bit.ly/3TNUz8p.

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com or 413-930-4081.