Vive la Différence

French Music of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Music by Claude Debussy, César Franck, and Maurice Ravel

March 14 at 3pm: Premiere Watch Party and Q&A with Ensemble 1828.
March 14-April 13: The concert will be available to watch online, on-demand.

Ensemble 1828:
Nicole Oswald, violin
Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello
Alison Lee, piano

Recording produced by Ensemble 1828

Ensemble 1828, a rising Bay Area piano trio, is thrilled to bring an all-French program to Santa Cruz Chamber Players’ groundbreaking online 2020-21 season. Anchored by one of the great piano trios in the repertoire, our program celebrates three iconique compositions for strings and piano, delivered digitally to SCCP’s fans and subscribers.

We begin with the cello sonata of Claude Debussy, considered by many to be the greatest cello sonata of them all. Composed in the twilight of Debussy’s life, the Cello Sonata is equal parts lush French impressionism and quirky modernism. The program continues with the violin sonata of César Franck, a quintessentially Romantic work and a staple of the violin-piano repertoire that will dazzle and inspire. The program concludes with all three artists onstage together for one of the great piano trios, not to mention one of the finest examples of Impressionist art of any genre: the Ravel Piano Trio.

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Tickets for Concert One are no longer available. Check out Concert Two—available to watch through May 17!


The Santa Cruz Chamber Players 2021 Concerts are supported in part by Arts Council Santa Cruz County.

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