Barbara & William Karatz Chamber Series

30th Anniversary Season, 2019–2020


Live Streamed Concert (free)


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4:30 PM: “Doors Open”

5:00 PM: Concert Begins


We are pleased to announce free a live-streamed concert by MICHELLE CANN, PIANO, on July 18, 5 PM.



Florence Price: Piano Sonata in E minor 

Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47 

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (solo piano version)       


Michelle Cann’s program includes Chopin’s Ballade in A-flat major, the warmest and most lyrical of his four ballades, book-ended by two American works written within a decade of one another, both deeply influenced by African American musical roots. 


The concert is made possible by a partnership with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit (CMSD) and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library as a supporting presenter.




Pianist Michelle Cann has made a deep commitment to performing a wide range of repertoire and to bringing the arts to local communities. After making her orchestral debut at the age of 14, she has gone on to perform as soloist with the Florida Orchestra and the New Jersey, Knoxville, Tampa Bay, Memphis and Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestras. She has performed on the nationally broadcast radio show, "From the Top," hosted by Christopher O’ Riley, was featured as the inaugural performer on WRTI 90.1 Philadelphia's series, "In Recital," and her performances have been broadcast regularly on Philadelphia's WHYY Television.


She regularly appears in recital and as a chamber musician throughout the U.S., China and South Korea.  Her summer festival appearances include the Taos Chamber Music Festival, YellowBarn Chamber Music Festival, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Festival and Artist in Residence at Pianofest in the Hamptons.


Michelle received her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and recently graduated with an Artist Diploma from Curtis Institute of Music where she studied under Robert McDonald.


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The Athenaeum is happy to announce the new 2019–2020 season of the Barbara & William Karatz Chamber Series!


Enjoy chamber music as it was intended—in a warm, intimate setting, where you are treated as a guest in our historic home. All concerts are followed by a private reception with the artists in the Sharon and Joel Labovitz Foyer. At an Athenaeum chamber concert you’ll experience passionate, committed performances in San Diego’s most intimate classical music venue. Our programming philosophy is simple: on any concert you’ll hear music rarely presented locally as well as masterpieces guaranteed to enrich and move you.


This season abounds with important anniversaries! We’ll celebrate the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birth with a concert of her compositions, and the 100th anniversary of the remarkable Galina Ustvolskaya, whose intense spiritual music was neglected by the Soviets but performed outside the USSR to great acclaim. Our first concert features her early Trio, and our last concert includes two of her powerful piano sonatas. African American composer Florence Price is enjoying a renaissance, partly due to the discovery of manuscripts of works long thought lost. We’ll hear one of these, her Piano Concerto, along with her adaptations of spirituals for string quartet. The year 2020 marks the 250th birthday of Beethoven, and we’ll hear three of his string quartets played by the Maxwell, Thalea, and Vera Quartets.


These concerts are made possible in part, thanks to funding from the City of San Diego through a program managed by the Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego.


Prima Trio October 28

Anne-Marie McDermott and The McDermott Trio November 11

Maxwell String Quartet January 21

Thalea String Quartet and Michelle Cann, piano February 3

POSTPONED—Curtis on Tour: Vera Quartet and Meng-Chieh Lu, piano TBA

CANCELLED—Andrew Rosenblum and Maria Sumareva, piano November 23



Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

1008 Wall Street

La Jolla, CA 92037

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All concerts begin at 7:30 PM.


Series of 6 Concerts: $228 member / $258 nonmember

Individual Concerts: $40 member / $45 nonmember




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