Music series

Westfield Anthenaeum and MOSSO launch series of three chamber music concerts in March

The Westfield Athenaeum will present a series of three chamber music concerts, beginning Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m., with musicians from the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, known as MOSSO, providing the music. MOSSO violinist Beth Welty brings her ensemble, the Aryaloka Quartet to the Athenaeum to launch the series. Guy McLain, Executive Director of the Westfield Athenaeum, will give a pre-show talk at 6 p.m., free for ticket holders.

Violinists Mark Latham and Beth Welty, violist Noralee Walker and cellist Sandi-Jo Malmon will perform William Grant Still’s Lyric String Quartet; String Quartet No. 1 Op.57 by Charles Ives “From the Salvation Army: A Revival Service”; Beethoven’s String Quartet in C major, Op. 59 #3; and an additional piece to be announced during the performance.

McLain said, “We are thrilled to bring classical music back to downtown Westfield, and we look forward to working with MOSSO, the musicians of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra to make it happen.” He said two more concerts are scheduled for Thursday, April 14 and Thursday, May 12.

Beth Welty of MOSSO said the members of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra have fond memories of their many summer performances at Stanley Park, and we are happy to return to Westfield and the Westfield Athenaeum. We have chosen an eclectic program to open our Westfield season, including a classic Beethoven, a work by a major 20th century New England composer, Charles Ives; a work by an important African-American composer, William Grant Still, and a contemporary selection that most audience members will be familiar with.

Tickets for the concert, $20.00, must be purchased in advance at the Westfield Athenaeum during opening hours, or online at Spectators will be required to wear masks.