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Mona L. Myhre, Executive Director, Chamber Music West, (623) 972-0478
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Chanticleer Opens 6-Concert Schedule; David Finckel, Wu Han Play Finale, April 18

Three Grammy Award winners and Valley favorite Caio Pagano will take Chamber Music West to its final curtain in 2010-11, ending a 34-year run with six memorable performances beginning Oct. 25 with Chanticleer, Musical America's 2008 Ensemble of the Year.

Steadily declining audience numbers prompted the Chamber Music West board of directors to decide last year to make the 2010-11 season its last, "not so much because of finances, but because of a shrinking audience," Board President Ellen Straney said. "We have been very conservative with our operations, and the organization remains on solid financial footing, but we haven't been able to build, or rebuild, our audience that has dropped significantly the last few years. It's really a shame."

Even with that backdrop, Straney remained enthusiastic about the coming season.
"Just because this is our last season is no reason to cut back on the quality of the artists we have built our legacy upon," she said. "In fact, that probably created even more of a commitment to ensure that we leave a lasting impression. The artists and their performances will certainly make that happen."

And it begins with Chanticleer, the Grammy Award winning vocal ensemble known worldwide as the "orchestra of voices" for its seamless blend of 12 male voices ranging from countertenor to bass. Founded in 1978 and based in San Francisco, Chanticleer was named for the "clear-singing" rooster in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

Chanticleer will be followed by Venice-based Interpreti Veneziani on Nov. 22. Specializing primarily in baroque music, these 13 master musicians perform more than 200 concerts worldwide each year using original instruments.

On Dec. 13, the 2009 Grammy Award winner for Best Chamber Music Performance, Pacifica Quartet, will bring its compelling and critically acclaimed interpretation to the Valley. Named Musical America's 2009 Ensemble of the Year, the quartet is preparing the monumental Shostakovich cycle for a performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Chicago and the complete Beethoven cycle at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio will perform on Feb. 21, 2011. The Kennedy Center Chamber Ensemble in Residence since 2003-04, the trio has been performing on stages worldwide for three decades after debuting in January 1977 at the White House during the Carter inauguration. The trio celebrated its 30th anniversary at Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York.

Caio Pagano, the internationally celebrated concert pianist and distinguished professor of piano at Arizona State University, will perform March 7. The Washingon Post wrote that "Pagano is such a fine performer that any opportunity to hear him should be seized," and thousands have heeded that advice.

The season closes April 18 with a return appearance by David Finckel on cello and pianist Wu Han, considered among the world's most esteemed and influential classical musicians. Finckel also is cellist for the Grammy winning Emerson String Quartet. He and Han have served as Artistic Directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2004.

All concerts are performed at Faith Presbyterian Church, 16000 North Del Webb Blvd., beginning at 7:30 p.m. A preview lecture starts at 6:30 p.m.

Season tickets for current subscribers for the 2010-11 season can be purchased through the Chamber Music West office at (623) 972-0478. All seating is reserved.

Single tickets, which also can be purchased through the Chamber Music West office or at the venue during the season, are $25 and student tickets are free with a valid ID.

Chamber Music West is supported by The Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Peoria and Target.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, call (623) 972-0478. For additional information about Chamber Music West, visit

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