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Season 3, 2010-2011




Friday, October 22, 2010, 7:00pm

"With a Song in our Hearts," a beautifully developed choral bouquet featuring Angelynne Hinson, soprano and Melinda McMahon, mezzo-soprano

'Shepherd on the Rock', Franz Schubert

Angelynne Hinson, soprano
Mary Towse-Beck, piano
Karen Luttik, clarinet

'Shepherd on the Rock' was composed by Schubert in the last months of his life and published a year and a half after his death (Schubert died when he was only 31). This tender and eloquent Lied (song) depicts a lonely shepherd listening to the echoes rising up from the bottom of his mountain top. He then expresses his intense grief in his loneliness, but ends in anticipation of the coming of spring and its hope of rebirth.

Two Songs, Opus 91, for Alto, viola (or violoncello) and piano, Johannes Brahms

Gestillte Sehnsucht (Satisfied Longing)
Geistliches Wiegenlied (Spiritual Lullaby)

Melinda McMahon, mezzo-soprano
Mary Towse-Beck, piano
Dorothy Braker, cello

Moravian Duets, Antonin Dvor�k

Fantasy Pieces, Opus 73 for Clarinet (or violoncello) and Piano, Robert Schumann

Karen Luttik, clarinet
Mary Towse-Beck, piano
Dorothy Braker, cello

...and selections from Beethoven Arrangements of Irish, Welsh and Scottish folk songs featuring all musicians

Friday, November 19, 2010, 7:00pm

Violoncello and Piano duo, Beth Pearson, violoncello and Paul Dykstra, piano

Paul Dykstra and Beth Pearson, a talented duo that first performed together October 2008 right here on the Aliento Chamber Players series, that have been performing and recording together ever since.

Polonaise Brilliante, Opus 3 . . . . . . . . Frederic Chopin
Sonata, 'Arpeggione' D. 821 . . . . . . . . Franz Schubert
Sonata, F major Opus 5. . . . . . . . . . . . Ludwig Van Beethoven
5 pieces for cello and piano . . . . . . . . Manuel de Falla



Friday, February 18, 2011, 7:00pm

A Trois

Piano Trio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dmitri Shostakovich

Piano Trio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maurice Ravel

Mary Towse-Beck, piano; Alexander Romanul, violin; Dorothy Braker, cello

Aliento Chamber Players performs piano trios from both ends of the two World Wars. Before Maurice Ravel was able to join World War I as a soldier, he had to finish his piano Trio. As World War II was winding to a close, Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his Piano Trio Number 2 to honor the memory of his closest friend. The differences between the two trios, which are regarded as some of the most difficult in the literature, are even more stunning when thought of in this context.


Friday, March 18, 2011, 7:00pm

The Impressionists

Performing beautiful and evocative music by Debussy, Ravel, Griffes, Albeniz and others, pianist Mary Towse-Beck will create an atmosphere that will enthrall the ears and the eyes. Paintings by Monet, Renoir, Degas and other masters will be shown as the music is played. Short readings by symbolist poets such as Baudelaire and Verlaine will be read between musical selections. This will truly be a unique experience, one that will engage all of the senses.


Sunday, June 26, 2011, 3:00pm

Benefit Performance!
Romantic Cello and Piano

The Romantic era of classical music brought a rich, full, style of music that is perfectly suited for the warm, emotional tones of the cello. Cellist Dorothy Braker and pianist Mary Towse-Beck play a beautiful, lyrical program. This program is a benefit concert for the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and will be held at

Rye Congregational Church
580 Washington Road
Sunday, June 26
3:00pm

Polonaise Brillante, Opus 3 (arr. Feuermann) . . . . . . . . Frederic Chopin
Sonata, A Major Opus 36. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Edvard Grieg
Sonata, F major Opus 99. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Johannes Brahms


The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra is comprised of local professionals, educators, dedicated amateurs and advanced students drawing audiences and members along the Seacoast from Newburyport to York and west to Bedford. This benefit concert is performed by its principal cellist and her long-time duo partner in order to provide funds to bring an extra-special 2012-13 season of fine orchestral music to the Music Hall.




Season 2008/2009
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"With the performance of pianist Mary Towse-Beck, the Aliento Chamber Players series at Christ Episcopal Church has become Exeter's answer to Carnegie Hall"

Lois Yopp
former faculty of music, Northwestern University

"Thanks so much for giving such an enjoyable performance. If Brahms had been in the audience, I’m sure he would have been pleased!"

Jackie Linder

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