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New classical group takes shape

In classical music's era of contraction, austerity and worry, it's nice to welcome a newbie.

New classical group takes shape

The Phillips Collection. Photo © Robert Lautman.
The Phillips Collection. Photo © Robert Lautman.

In classical music's era of contraction, austerity and worry, it's nice to welcome a newbie.

This fall, the Phillips Collection brings into the world a new group called the Phillips Camerata, with musicians from the D.C., New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore areas. The debut performance, this Oct. 9, features Weber’s Clarinet Quintet, J. 182, Op. 34, and Glenn Gould's String Quartet, Op. 1 (whose U.S. debut was given at the Phillips in 1955). The ensemble's creation is in honor of the museum's 90th anniversary.

More concerts are scheduled for February and May, and October 2012, with performances taking place in the Phillips' music room (pictured).

Membership of ensemble includes pianist Timothy Hoft, cellist Stephen Honigberg, harpist Bridget Kibbey, clarinestist Ricardo Morales, oboist Katherine Needleman, and baritone Randall Scarlata.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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