From Thursday to Sunday (Jan. 27-30), Seattle Chamber Music holds its short Winter Festival in the small hall at Benaroya.
The programs are the usual interesting mix of chamber music for strings and piano in various combinations — trios, quartets and quintets by Brahms ( all three trios in Friday’s main concert), Beethoven, Fauré and Rachmaninov with two particularly unusual pieces by Turina and Arensky.
There is special interest in the short concerts which precede the main events at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday and at 2.00 p.m. on Sunday. At these, New York-based pianist Adam Neiman will play all 12 of Liszt’s "Transcendental Studies." The French title — “études d’éxécution transcendante” — says it all: they are transcendentally difficult to play. Performances are very rare: don’t miss this opportunity.
The short concerts are all free, with no ticket required. As of Wednesday afternoon, tickets for Thursday's concert remained available online. Limited numbers of tickets remained for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. To order, call 206-283-8808.
If you go: Seattle Chamber Music Winter Festival, Jan. 27–30. The main concerts on Thursday, Friday, Saturday begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday's concert is at 3 p.m. All at Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street, Seattle. The main concerts will be broadcast live on KING-FM 98.1.