Published On: Wed, Jan 16th, 2013

Sixth season Avila Chamber Music Celebration from January 22 till 27

WILLEMSTAD – On 22 January will be the launch of the sixth edition of the annual Avila Chamber Music Celebration led by the American pianist Anne-Marie McDermott as Artistic Director of the OPUS ONE Quartet. This quartet consists of Ida Kavafian, violin, Steven Tenenbom, viola, Peter Wiley, cello, and of course Anne-Marie McDermott herself on piano.

The three concerts are:

  • Tuesday 22 January at 6 pm at La Belle Alliance.
  • Saturday 26 January at 5 pm at the Governor's Palace, Fort Amsterdam.
  • On Sunday January 27 at 11 am at La Belle Alliance.

It's been more than a quarter century ago that in the Avila Hotel on the Penstraat a tradition was born to present classical music. Under the motto ART IN AVILA they started with concerts on Sunday morning in the lobby. Later  with the better equipment at La Belle Alliance this was available for more. In 1999 a new fun tradition started with Art in Avila at the Governor's Palace, an initiative of Mrs. Marguerite Saleh, wife of the then Governor Mr. Jaime Saleh of the Netherlands Antilles.

This year the festival starts on Tuesday, January 22 at 6 pm in the afternoon with an ALL BEETHOVEN program then the public wil be able to meet the musicians and enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace.

A concert with alternating short pieces for solo, duo, trio and quartet will be offered at the beautiful reception hall of the palace of the Governor of Curaçao in Fort Amsterdam on Saturday, January 26 starting at 5 pm. After the concert the acting Governor Mr. Adele van der Pluijm-Vrede will offer a drink in the garden of the palace.

The series will conclude on Sunday, January 27 at 11 am with a coffee concert at La Belle Alliance with a festive OPUS ONE program, beginning with Mozart's Piano Quartet K.478, followed by Dvořák Piano Quartet Op. 87.

Tickets for the concert are available at the desk of the Avila Hotel, tel 461-4377.

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