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Gerald Carpenter: Chamber On The Mountain Features Virtuoso Violinist Timothy Chooi

Chamber on the Mountain, the new chamber music series directed by Heidi Lehwalder, has become a jewel in Ojai’s musical crown. The series will present its next concert at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Sunday’s featured artist is the gifted young violinist, Timothy Chooi, who will be backed by the redoubtable pianist, Robert Koenig.

Chooi’s program will include the Havanaise in E-Major, Opus 83 (1887) and the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in a-minor, Opus 28 (1863) by Camille Saint-Saëns; the Violin-Piano Sonata No. 7 in c-minor, Opus 30, No. 2 (1802) by Ludwig Beethoven; and the Violin-Piano Sonata No. 2 in D-Major, Opus 94a (1943) by Sergei Prokofiev.

This is a gloriously solid program of established masterpieces. Interestingly, the main instrument of all three composers was not the violin but the piano — all were, in their day, famous virtuosos — but all composed quite a few works that, today, remain firmly entrenched in the recital repertoire of every solo violinist.

Both of the pieces by Saint-Saëns were originally composed for violin and orchestra, and the Prokofiev, we note, was originally composed for flute and piano (it remains a favorite of flautists) and was turned into a violin-piano work at the urging — we might almost say pleading — of David Oistrakh.

Sunday’s Chamber on the Mountain performance will be held in Logan House, adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts at 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road. General admission is $25, with $15 student admission. Click here to purchase tickets online, or call 805.646.9951.

— Gerald Carpenter covers the arts as a Noozhawk contributing writer. He can be reached at [email protected]. The opinions expressed are his own.

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