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On February 8 2000 I attended a concert presented by the Festival Chamber Music Society The performers were a string quartet and a French horn Eriko Sato is a violinist who has won the Tibor Varga International competition and has appeared as a soloist with the Louisville and Tokyo Imperial orchestras Laurie Smukler is also a violinist She is a graduate of Juliard where she studied with Ivan Galamian She was also a founding member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet Ruth Sommers was the director and the cellist She too is graduate of Julliard and studied with Leonard Rose and Harvey Shapiro Steven Taylor play the oboe He is a member of the Chamber music Society of Lincoln Center and Speculum Musicae Ira Weller plays the Oboe He is also a founder of the Mendessohn String Quartet He is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and has toured with them throughout the world The first piece we heard was by Joseph Haydn It was String Quartet in C Op 76 No 3 Emporer He was born in Rohrau Austria Composers like Mozart and Beethoven were influenced by his style Classical chamber music is meant to be listened to in a small setting So I found the concert hall to be inappropriate But it served the purpose The beginning of the piece was allegretto But after a few minutes it became adagio then it became allegro once again The pitch was relatively high Some notes were played in a staccato form This added variation to this piece But most of them were played legato which provided the unity At the end of the piece I detected a cadence but I wasnt sure if it was a mistake or a finale I enjoyed this piece a lot It resembles dinner music There was no contrast that was obvious to me Although I had never heard it prior to this concert I would probably
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