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Chamber music from the Romantic period

Pianist Françoise Régnat joins Chamber Music San Juans for its June 25 concert at San Juan Community Theatre. - Contributed photo
Pianist Françoise Régnat joins Chamber Music San Juans for its June 25 concert at San Juan Community Theatre.
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Music from the Romantic period starts off Chamber Music San Juans 20th season of presenting classical music concerts for string, winds and piano.

The music begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the San Juan Community Theatre.

Returning to the Whittier stage will be artistic director and clarinetist Patricia Kostek, violinists Ron Patterson and Karin Choo, violist Roxanna Patterson and cellist Rowena Hammill-Davis.

Joining the ensemble for the concert is pianist Françoise Régnat, a professor of music at California State University, Northridge.

She is also a graduate of the Paris Conservatory with first prizes in both piano and chamber music.

The concert program includes Brahms’s “Trio for clarinet, cello and piano, Op. 114,” Haydn’s “String Trio in G major,” Schumann’s “Piano Quintet in E-flat Major” and Respighi’s “Two Arias for clarinet, violin, viola and cello.”

“The music from the Romantic period appeals more to the heart than to the head,” said Kostek. “It is music of deep personal expression which can be joy, love, passion, patriotism, longing or melancholy.”

Chamber Music San Juans was founded in 1990 by renowned violinist Andor Toth, who wanted to create concerts in an intimate setting with world-class musicians.

Most importantly he wanted to bring these concerts to the island.

The Business Partner for this performance is Managed Reliability.

Tickets are $26 for adults, $13 for student reserved and $5 for student RUSH at the door.

A private donor has made provision for free tickets to anyone needing financial assistance to attend a theater event.

The SJCT Box Office is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and one hour before any performance.

For more information, call 360-378-3210 or visit

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