Rancho Bernardo Library’s popular monthly chamber music series resumes next week, but the format has changed due to COVID-19 protocols.
The Aviara Trio will be the first music group to perform since the pandemic closed in March 2020. The trio includes pianist Ines Irawati, violinist Rob Schumitzky and cellist Erin Breene.
The trio’s program for the concert on Tuesday, October 26 at 6 p.m. will include Brahms Piano Trio # 2, in C major, Op. 87; Shostakovich Piano Trio # 2, in E minor, Op. 67; and Schubert Piano Trio # 1, in B-flat major Op. 99 (Andante mov’t).
Irawati is “known for her expressiveness, virtuosity and versatility” on the piano, according to the trio’s website. She has performed for TEDxSan Diego at the Copley Symphony Hall, the Art of Élan and the San Diego Opera, where she is the musical and artistic director of its training program for young artists. Irawati’s education includes undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music and she obtained a Masters of Music from Yale University. She has won numerous awards in international competitions and is also a composer.
As a cellist, Breene is “in great demand as a chamber and orchestral musician,” according to her biography. She is a member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Long Beach Opera Orchestra, performs regularly with the Pacific Symphony and the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, and has served as principal cellist with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Music Center Dance. Breene’s education includes the Shepherd School Symphony at Rice University, where she received her BA, and the Juilliard School, where she obtained her MA.
Schumitzky, who plays on the Stradivarius “Ex-Halir” made in 1694, according to his biography, is a member of the First Violin section of the Pacific Symphony and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, is the principal violin of the Long Beach Opera Orchestra, and performs regularly. with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. He is also Associate Principal Violin with the Opera Pacific Orchestra and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School and his master’s degree from the Saint Louis Conservatory of Music.
The Aviara Trio’s free concert – courtesy of the Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library, which has provided the concert series for the past 23 years – will be held in the Community Hall upstairs of the library, 17110 Bernardo Center Drive . Since the Friends cover the costs of the musicians and piano tuning, free will donations will be accepted.
As the audience for the pre-pandemic concerts filled the hall with more than 100 attendees, hall capacity is now limited and reservations are required, according to Harvey Levine, RB FOL member and artistic director of the concert series.
He said concerts have been moved from their traditional Wednesdays to Tuesdays and will start 15 minutes earlier due to pandemic restrictions and revised library hours. Concerts are scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. In addition, admission is restricted to people vaccinated against COVID and all participants must wear masks at all times.
City regulations limit room capacity to 50 percent, which means there are only 64 seats. For this reason, Levine said free reservations are needed, available on a first-come-first basis. To request up to four seats, send an email to [email protected] Since those on the concert series mailing list are first notified of the availability of concert tickets, he said those interested in attending future concerts can send an email to request their addition to the notification list.