Chamber Music Concert

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Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes
804-493-8038 ext. 8119

For Immediate Release

STRATFORD, VA, (February 6, 2008) – The Fredericksburg Festival of the Arts in partnership with the Fredericksburg and Northern Neck Friends of Stratford will present a rare opportunity for the public to hear a chamber music concert at the Stratford Hall Council House on Sunday, March 2 at 2 PM.

Fredericksburg Festival of the Arts longtime chamber music performers Peter Zazofsky, Steven Ansell and FFA Artistic Director Michael Reynolds will join Boston Symphony’s principal oboist John Ferrillo in a program featuring Beethoven’s great C minor string trio, followed by the immortal Mozart Oboe Quartet.

John Ferrillo joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Principal Oboe at the start of the 2001 Tanglewood season. From 1986 to 2001 he was Principal Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Prior to his appointment at the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Ferrillo was Second Oboist of the San Francisco Symphony, and was a faculty member at Illinois State University and West Virginia University. He has been featured as a guest soloist with numerous groups in the Northeast including the Boston Classical Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic.

Peter Zazofsky has performed throughout the US, Canada and twenty-one countries in South America and Europe, including with the symphonies of Boston, Baltimore, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Montreal, San Francisco, Toronto, Vienna, Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition to concerts worldwide with the Muir Quartet, which he joined in 1987, his solo performances include engagements in Paris, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Vienna and Israel.

Steven Ansell was named professor of viola at the University of Houston at twenty-one and became assistant principal viola of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Andre Previn at twenty-three. As a recording artist he has received two Grand Prix du Disque Awards and a Gramophone Magazine Award for Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year. He has participated in the Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, Marlboro, Blossom, Newport, Spoleto, and Deer Valley festivals. He is a member of the Muir String Quartet, with which he has toured extensively throughout the world since he co-founded it twenty-nine years ago.

Michael Reynolds co-founded the Muir String Quartet in 1979. He has performed nearly 2,000 concerts throughout North America, Europe and the Far East. He is cello professor at Boston University, where he has been in residence since 1983. Accolades he has won while with the Muir Quartet include first prize at the Evian Competition, the 1981 Naumburg Award, two Grand Prix du Disques, the Gramophone Award, a Grammy nomination and a Grammy Award through the EcoClassics recording label which he founded, and an internationally acclaimed PBS broadcast “In Performance at The White House.”

Proceeds from this event will benefit Stratford Hall and the FFA’s ongoing arts and education programs serving families throughout the Rappahannock region. FFA is celebrating its 20th anniversary this season.

Cookies and cider will be served in the Dining Room after the concert.

The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children and there is a $5 discount for Friends of Stratford members. Advance reservations are required. Call 804-493-8038 ext. 8504 or email