Chamber Music Palisades to Celebrate Delores Stevens

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

In addition to bringing music to Palisadians at an upcoming concert on Wednesday, January 15, as part of its 23rd consecutive season, Chamber Music Palisades will also be bringing celebration in the form of Delores “Dee” Stevens’ 90th birthday.

“As a member of the famed Montagnana Trio, Delores Stevens is recognized as a leading piano soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and the world,” a press release reported ahead of the show. “Her consistent support of contemporary composers, including numerous commissions for Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Series (now celebrating its 49th annual season) and Chamber Music Palisades (now celebrating its 23rd annual season)—led to a prestigious award from the National Association of Composers, the Presidential Award of Merit from the International Music Fraternity of Mu Phi Epsilon, and the prestigious Living Legends Award from Young Musicians Foundation.”

Stevens’ career began with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series, Ojai Festival, Monday Concerts, Chamber Music in Historic Sites, Coleman Chamber Concerts and the Athenaeum Chamber Concerts. She also co-founded Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, where she continues to serve as artistic director.

“Her commitment to teaching young classical artists is exemplified by over 30 years as Director of Chamber Music for Young Musicians Foundation in Los Angeles, 29 years Head of Piano Studies at CSU-Dominguez Hills and 33 years as Head of Piano Studies at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles,” the press release continued.

The show, which will be emceed by KUSC’s on-air host Alan Chapman, will feature Stevens on piano, her son, Paul, on horn, Maria Newman, Scott Hosfeld, Alyssa Park, Scott Woolweaver, Timothy Loo, Susan Greenberg and Alan Chapman.

Featured pieces include “Canon in Octave” for horn and piano by Jean Françaix, “String Trio in C minor, Op 9 No 3 (Mvt 1)” by Ludwig van Beethoven, two pieces for viola and piano by Frank Bridge, Newman’s “Pennipotenti” trio for flute, violin and viola and more.

A series subscription is available online for $120 or single tickets, available at the door 30 minutes prior to each show, can be purchased for $35. Students, as always, will be admitted for free.

The show will take place at St. Matthew’s Church, located at 1031 Bienveneda Avenue at 8 p.m.

For more information, visit cmpalisades.org.