Smithsonian concert is Jan. 9

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The Smithsonian at Little Washington concert series continues at the Theatre at Washington with a Sunday afternoon performance on Jan. 9.

Presented at 3 p.m. that day will be two quintets for fortepiano and wind instruments, the quintet in E-flat Major, K452 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 16 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

In this concert by the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Kenneth Slowik will play a fortepiano brought to the Theatre especially for the occasion. Joining him will be oboist Marc Schachman, clarinetist Erich Hoeprich, bassoonist Andrew Schwartz, and horn player William Purvis.

Schachman, a graduate of the Juilliard School, has performed as soloist and principal oboe with original instrument orchestras throughout America. He is a founding member of the Amadeus Winds, and frequently appears with groups such as the New York Chamber Soloists. He is on the faculty of Boston University, where he teaches oboe and baroque chamber music.

For the past 25 years, Hoeprich has specialized in performing on the historical clarinet. He is a founding member and principal clarinet of the Orchestra of the 18th Century, and has appeared frequently as a soloist with this orchestra, and other major early music ensembles in Europe, the United States and Australia under conductors such as Christopher Hogwood and Roger Norrington.

Schwartz is a graduate of the Juilliard School. He performs extensively as a period and modern bassoonist in solo, chamber, and orchestral appearances, including the Little Orchestra Society (New York), the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Purvis has played at festivals such as Tanglewood, Mostly Mozart, Salzburg, and Hong Kong. He makes frequent appearances with the New York Woodwind Quintet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the Tokyo and other well known string quartets. As soloist he has played with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He is currently a faculty member at the Yale School of Music and the Juilliard School.

This concert marks the final performance in the 19th season of the Smithsonian at Little Washington series held at the Theatre. Each concert includes short remarks and commentary about the music by Slowik, who is artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society.

Tickets for the Jan. 9 concert are $25 for adults and $10 for students 17 and younger. For reservations, call 540-675-1253, email TheatreVA@aol.com or write to The Theatre, 291 Gay St., Box 322, Washington, VA 22747.

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