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Chamber Music San Juans celebrates the season Saturday; Grammy nominee accompanies

Grammy nominee Martin Kuuskmann performs with Chamber Music San Juans Saturday at the San Juan Community Theatre.  - Contributed photo
Grammy nominee Martin Kuuskmann performs with Chamber Music San Juans Saturday at the San Juan Community Theatre.
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Bring together a charismatic bassoonist with a critically acclaimed pianist, add four familiar and favorite Chamber Music San Juans musicians, and you have a recipe for one inspiring and refreshing evening of classical music.

The sounds of Chamber Music San Juans’ spring concert, “Spring’s Hidden Treasures,” will fill the main auditorium at San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Artistic director and clarinetist Patricia Kostek’s musical ingredients feature bassoonist and Grammy Award nominee, Martin Kuuskmann; pianist Arthur Rowe; cellist Rowena Hammill; violinist Ron Patterson and violist Roxanna Patterson.

The international artists will play works by Mozart (“Trio for clarinet, viola and piano”), Fauré (“Piano Quartet in C minor”), Vogel (“Quartet for bassoon and strings”), Händel-Vermes (“Chaconne for violin and viola”) as well as works for clarinet and bassoon duo by Brazilian composer Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez.

Born in Estonia, Kuuskmann is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Yale University School of Music. Kostek said his charismatic and engaging performances throughout the world have earned him high praise as a vibrantly creative bassoon virtuoso forging a new path in his field.

Rowe tours annually and has received enthusiastic reviews in such cities as Cleveland, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle and San Diego, as well as in Europe and New Zealand. Following a New York solo recital, The New York Times wrote: “It was first-rate playing: a kind of execution tinglingly alive to the shape and contribution of each phrase.”

The business partner for this performance is King’s Market. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for student reserved, and $5 student RUSH. A private donor has made provision for free tickets to anyone needing financial assistance to attend a theater event.

The box office is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and one hour before any performance. Call 378-3210, or visit

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