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January 19, 2020 Concert


Brinton Averil Smith - cello

Evelyn Chen - piano

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Reception Starting at 6:30 - Concert at 7:00

This evening brings back two stellar musicians: Cellist Brinton Averil Smith and Pianist Evelyn Chen.

Brinton Averil Smith joined the Houston Symphony in the fall of 2005 as principal cellist. Prior to this, he was a member of the New York Philharmonic, and was also previously the principal cellist of the San Diego and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Smith is a member of the faculty at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and has also served as a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. An active chamber musician, Brinton has collaborated with members of the Beaux Arts Trio and the Guarneri, Emerson, Juilliard, Cleveland, and Berg quartets, as well as performances with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic Chamber Series and, with violinist Gil Shaham, at the Aspen Music Festival Winter recital series and the Linton series in Cincinnati. In addition to his 2013 concert with Evelyn Chen, we saw Brinton lead the Bad Boys of Cello concert on 1/20/2012.

The New York Times hailed Evelyn Chen as "a pianist to watch," praising her "brilliant technique, warm, clear tone, and exacting musical intelligence." Ms. Chen's recent engagements have included performances on five continents at venues including Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Wolf Trap, the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, the Cultural Center of Hong Kong, and the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. Her recording of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Leonard Slatkin and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London on BMG, was among the top ten best-selling classical recordings in England. Selected as a Steinway Artist, Ms. Chen has been featured on the CBS Evening News, and her performances have been broadcast by the National Public Radio, WGBH (Boston), WQXR (New York), WNYC (New York), WNCN (New York), WFMT (Chicago), and WGTS (Washington DC), as well as throughout Taiwan.

Brinton Smith and Evelyn Chen both received their Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Juilliard School.

This concert is on a Sunday. Cheese, crackers and wine will be served at 6:30, the concert will start a bit after 7:00 and we will conclude with dessert after the concert.

Ticket are $25.00 for adults / $15.00 for students, ($30.00/$20.00 at the door).

The Woodlands Salon Series has received its 501(c)3 status.
Effective 7/30/2014 all donations are tax deductible.
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Woodlands Salon Series 2019 - 2020

We are pleased to announce our 2019 - 2020 Woodlands Salon Series concerts.  We have lined up three concerts featuring incredible musicians.

Nov 10, 2019
 Sunday, 6:30pm
Fidelis Quartet + Piano
Piano Quintets
Jan 19, 2020
 Sunday, 6:30pm
Brinton Avril Smith cello
Evelyn Chen piano
Apr 19, 2020
 Sunday 6:30pm
Eric Halen violin
Scott Holshouser piano

Click Here to see the detailed description of the 2019 - 2020 season.