Henry & Friends

Making Music

Rossetti Quartet co-founder, HENRY GRONNIER, follows a career path apart from the group, as do the other members of the quartet. At left, he is shown at the reception following a delightful performance at the elegant Pompeian Room of the historic Doheny Mansion in Los Angeles in May 2005 with co-founder THOMAS DIENER and flutist EUGENIA ZUKERMAN.

This concert, the last in the 2005 season series known as the Doheny Soirées, was sponsored by the Da Camera Society which was founded in 1973 at Mount St. Mary's College (where the Doheny Mansion is located) to foster the return of chamber music to the salons for which it was originally performed. Indeed the lavishly elegant, intimate setting of the Pomepeian Room is reminiscent of salons in turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna. Supported by corporate and individual contributions, it is part of the Society's "Chamber Music in Historic Sites" program.

The musical program was superb, the works (by an eclectic group of composers made up of CPE Bach, Handel, Bruch, Reger, Delibes and Beethoven) so well-chosen; and either Eugenia (in her soprano voice) or Thomas (in his soothing baritone) introduced each piece with an anecdote about the music or the composer, setting the audience at ease and adding to their enjoyment of the music.

In her opening remarks, Eugenia praised the Rossetti Quartet as being among the finest chamber music ensembles in the country today, and revealed that Henry was not only an excellent violinist but a fine pianist as well, a fact which the audience had the pleasure to hear for themselves that evening when Henry twice eschewed his precious violin for the piano - in the trio's performance of Max Bruch's "Three Selections from Op.83" and an arrangement of Leo Delibes' "Flower Duet from Lakme."

The program, which opened with an arrangement of a "Duo in G for Flute and Violin" by CPE Bach ( Johann Sebastian's second son by his second wife Barbara) and ended with Beethoven's "Trio in D, Op. 87" was characterized by spirited and impassioned playing by musicians who are masters of their art and friends who truly enjoy making music together. The spirit obviously rubbed off on the audience who without a doubt went home that evening convinced that chamber music - whether of classical or modern vintage (Serenade in G, Op. 141a for flute, violin and viola by turn of the 20th century composer Max Reger completed the program) - can indeed be a lot of fun. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet (also shown above), who performs regularly with the Rossetti Quartet but was an audience member that evening, would agree that the concert was pure DELIGHT!

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Making MUSIC with:

Eugenia Zukerman, flutist
& Thomas Diener, violist

Rina Dokshitsky

Thomas & Eric & Julia & Brian & John

Rossetti String Quartet
Rossetti Piano Quartet


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