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Beethoven and Vanhal Trios.

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Carousel ACOLeading American Classical Orchestra period instrumentalists perform Beethoven's Clarinet Trio, Opus 11 for clarinet, cello, and piano. In this 250th Beethoven year, we cherish the composer's incomparable chamber music, which comes to life anew on a classical clarinet and original early 19th-century Viennese fortepiano. Also on the program is the Adagio Cantabile from Sonata No. 3 in B-flat for clarinet and piano by Johann Baptist Vanhal.

Ed Matthew, clarinet
Myron Lutzke, cello
Dongsok Shin, fortepiano


1:15 – 2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

This concert will be live streamed. You can watch it on your computer in any of three places by clicking on the name you wish: our websiteYouTube or Facebook.

In addition, join us for an intimate chat AFTER the concert on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/97387940946
Meeting ID: 973 8794 0946


Ed Matthew has served as guest-principal clarinetist with Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque, American Classical Orchestra, Pacific MusicWorks, Clarion Music Society, ARTEK, Grand Harmonie, and Musica Angelica. He has performed with Portland Baroque Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Apollo’s Fire, Handel & Haydn Society, REBEL, Connecticut Early Music Festival, Washington Bach Consort, Boston Baroque, and other period ensembles. On modern clarinet and woodwinds, he is in the orchestra of the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera, and has played in many other Broadway shows. The New York Times praised his “seductive saxophone work” with the Pit Stop Players. For the 150Music label, he recorded Passages, Gary William Friedman’s clarinet concerto. He premiered Joan Tower’s Island Prelude with the award-winning Quintessence. He also creates original scores and soundscapes for Chatillion Stage Company and its Project Mercury podcast.

Myron Lutzke is well known to audiences as a performer on both period and modern violincello. He studied at Brandeis University and is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Leonard Rose and Harvey Shapiro. He now serves as principal cellist of numerous orchestras and a chamber player with ensembles touring throughout the world. He is principal cellist of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra of Boston, the New York Collegium, as well as American Classical Orchestra. Myron is a member of the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Mozartean Players, the Aulos Ensemble, Loma Mar Quartet, and the Bach Ensemble. He has performed with Aston Magna and was a faculty member at its academy. For the last twenty summers, Myron has been an artist-in-residence at the Caramoor International Music Festival and has appeared as soloist at the Caramoor, Ravinia, Tanglewood, and Mostly Mozart Festivals. He has recorded for Decca, Sony, Harmonia Mundi, EMI, Nonesuch, Musical Heritage Society, Deutsche Grammophon, Dorian, Denon, and Arabesque labels. Myron is currently on the faculties of SUNY-Purchase and Mannes College of Music, where he teaches baroque cello and performance practice. He has also taught at the Brixen-Initiative Academy in Italy.

Dongsok Shin was born in Boston, studied modern piano with his mother, Chonghyo Shin, and with Nadia Reisenberg at the Mannes College of Music. He converted exclusively to early keyboard instruments in the early 1980s. He received international recognition as music director of baroque opera productions with the Mannes Camerata and has been a member of the internationally acclaimed baroque ensemble REBEL since 1997. He has appeared with early music groups all over the United States, including the American Classical Orchestra, ARTEK, Concert Royal, Early Music New York, and the Carmel Bach Festival. He has toured throughout the Americas and Europe and has been heard on numerous radio broadcasts. In addition to his performing career, he is also an engineer, producer, and editor of early music recordings for numerous labels. He tunes and maintains the early keyboard instruments of the Flintwoods Collection in Delaware, and for the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. His YouTube videos produced by the Met Museum, demonstrating their earliest known Bartolomeo Cristofori fortepiano, have garnered close to half a million views.

Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier. Ensembles are chosen by a panel of early music specialists from the metropolitan area.

Time: Thursdays, 1:15–2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

Concerts are in person at St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan, AND live streamed.