Springfield Symphony Orchestra unveils streaming chamber music series – MassLive.com

In their tireless effort to keep the music playing, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra has announced its Virtual Spring Chamber Concert Series for On Demand Streaming.

The three-concert series will begin on Saturday, April 10, with successive concerts on April 24 and May 8, all at 5 p.m. The programs will remain streaming through May 21. Each of the three 45 to 50-minute concerts consists of music for strings and percussion, featuring SSO violinists Masako Yanagita, Marsha Harbison, and Beth Welty, violists Delores Thayer and Noralee Walker, cellists Boris Kogan and Joel Wolfe, and percussionists Martin Kluger, Nathan Lasell, and Robert McEwan.

SSO Assistant Concertmaster Marsha Harbison put together the string quartet for the Chamber Series.

“Since last year was a big Beethoven year,” Harbison said (the 250th anniversary of his birth), “I thought the string quartet could do a variety of early, middle, and late Beethoven to illustrate that progression.”

Harbison, with Yanagita, Thayer, and Kogan, all long-time members of the SSO, will play the opening movement of Beethoven’s Op. 18, no. 4, the third movement of Op. 59 No. 2, and the fourth movement of Op. 135.

They will also play the third movement of Alexander Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2.

“Since we have a Russian cellist (Boris Kogan),” Harbison said, “I wanted to feature some Russian themes” (hence the Borodin and the Beethoven Op. 59 “Rasumovsky” Quartet). She also included Gershwin’s