New classical group takes shape

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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.