It's a great weekend for chamber music in the greater Fresno area.
Two local ensembles — the Toren-Loewenheim-Werz Trio and Musica Viva — are offering distinguished programs. There's even a "Super Bowl" alternative on game day. Here's a rundown:
The Toren-Loewenheim-Werz Trio consists of Fresno State music professors Andreas Werz on piano, Limor Toren-Immerman on violin and Thomas Loewenheim on cello. The trio made its debut last February with a program that included Haydn's Trio in A Major. Now it returns at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at the Fresno State Concert Hall joined by a special guest artist, Claudia Shiuh, on viola.
As with last year's debut, the concert is a special presentation of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts series, of which Werz is artistic director. The concert is not part of the regular subscription series.
The program includes piano quartets by Schumann, Froelich and Brahms.
Werz notes that the new trio had hoped to perform more last year, but busy schedules got in the way. He hopes the frequency of performances can be increased.
Tickets are $18, $12 seniors and $5 students. Details: www.keyboardconcerts.com, (559) 278-2337.
Musica Viva is made up of Susan Doering on violin, Dieter Wulfhorst on cello and Stephen Thomas on piano. The program, "A French Romance," includes piano trios by French composers Lili Boulanger, Camille Saint-Saëns and Claude Debussy. The trio offers three performances this weekend:
7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, St. Paul's Anglican Church, 120 N. Hall St., Visalia.
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, Porterville College, music department choral rehearsal room, 100 E. College Ave., Porterville.
10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, Fresno Pacific University, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Marpeck Building Room 103.
All concerts are free. Details: (559) 392-1425 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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