The Boulder-based Lirios Quartet opened the fall season for the Englewood Arts Presents program. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Englewood Arts Presents stages concerts in city’s Hampden Hall

The fall season began on Saturday, Sept. 23 with a chamber concert opening the new Englewood Arts Presents season in Hampden Hall, the performance venue in Englewood Civic Center.

The Lirios Quartet performed Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 3, Opus 18; “Reflejos de la Noche,” by Mario Lavista and Debussy’s String Quartet.

Quartet members, a graduate quartet-in-residence at the University of Colorado, Boulder, are coached by the widely recognized Takacs Quartet.

Formed in August 2022, Lirios Quartet members are Benjamin Goldstein and Maggie Brady, violin; Yuri Santos, viola; and Charles Barnard, cello.

During the summer, the Lirios Quartet worked on music by Debussy with the Juilliard String Quartet.

Chamber music concerts scheduled later into the fall will be:

October 28, 2 p.m.: Pianist Jooeun Pak: Haydn: Sonata in C Major; Beethoven: Sonata No. 8, Opus 13; Rachmaninov: Preludes Nos 4 and 10; Chopin: Bercuse, Opus 57; James P. Johnson: “Blueberry Rhyme.”

Pak, known for her interpretation of contemporary music, performs internationally and gives master classes nationally. She is currently director of keyboard studies at Metropolitan State University.

Nov. 18 brings a performance by Alex Gonzalez, violin, and Dr. Suyeon Kim, piano, that will include Richard Strauss’ Violin Sonata.

And, leading into the holiday season will be a Dec. 16 return visit by cellist Silver Ainomae, who will perform with Joshua Sawicki, piano, and Claude Sim, violin/viola. Their program will include Beethoven: Duo for Viola and Cello; David Pepper: “Hungarian Rhapsody” and Felix Mendelddohn: Piano Trio in D Minor.

Programs for 2024 will be announced in the future months by director Eric Bertoluzzi.

Tickets for the Englewood Arts Presents Chamber Music of the Masters concerts cost $30, Adults; Seniors (over 60) $25; Students (under 18) $10. Ticket office opens at 1 p.m. on concert days. Online purchases at Hampden Hall is in the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Handicap-accessible. 303-806-8196. Free parking.

Sonya Ellingboe has been writing about area arts and entertainment and sometimes local history since 1986. She has lived in Littleton since 1956 and has four adult children and nine grandchildren — plus...

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