• Concerts & Conversation Series •

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Four Concerts & Conversations events allow for an intimate, chamber-style performance, followed by refreshments and the opportunity to meet the performers. The season begins with pianist Thomas Pandolfi in November, and continues with cellist Evan Drachman in January. In February, Shell Point presents the Washington Saxophone Quartet in concert, before completing the 2017-2018 season with the Vega String Quartet.

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Advance series tickets for all four concerts are available for a savings of $22! Be sure to book your Concerts & Conversations series pass before Friday, November 18 to take advantage of this special deal.


 Evan Drachman, Cellist

Evan Drachman, Cellist

  • Thursday
    Jan 25
  • 7:00 pm
  • $26 *includes service charge

Evan Drachman possesses in abundance two qualities for which his grandfather, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, was revered: the ability to make the cello imitate the human singing voice and, even more importantly, the ability to tell a story.

Born in Boston, Evan studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. Since graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1998, Evan has appeared regularly as a soloist with orchestras, as well as giving recitals and chamber music performances across the United States. Internationally, he has performed in India, Great Britain, Sweden, Italy, and Canada. Evan even toured the Far East as soloist with the Chinese-American Symphony during recitals in Hong Kong and Macau.

For this performance, Evan will be accompanied by Victor Santiago Asuncion on the piano. Victor serves on the chamber music faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School.


 Washington Saxophone Quartet

Washington Saxophone Quartet

  • Thursday
    Feb 22
  • 7:00 pm
  • $26 *includes service charge

Washington Saxophone Quartet taps into a rich repertoire from early music to newly commissioned works, drawing on a wealth of experience to reach listeners of every age and background. The widely-recognized ensemble has played on radio and television worldwide for nearly 35 years, in addition to performing recitals, informal concerts, and master classes in the United States, the Caribbean, and China.

Concertgoers often discover a personal connection to the Quartet when they realize they’ve been listening to their music during afternoon “radio time!” Since 1997, arrangements recorded by the Washington Saxophone Quartet have aired daily throughout on National Public Radio’s broadcast show, All Things Considered. The instruments evoke the refined sounds of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude, and the excitement of a jazz sax section.


 Vega String Quartet

Vega String Quartet

  • Thursday
    Mar 15
  • 7:00 pm
  • $26 *includes service charge

The Vega String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at Emory University, is cultivating a new generation of chamber music lovers through dynamic performances and innovative community engagement. The New York Times raved that “[the Quartet’s] playing has a kind of clean intoxication to it, pulling the listener along… The musicians take real risks in their music making.”

This ensemble performs both nationally and internationally, including major projects such as the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets; pairing Bach’s complete works for solo violin, viola, and cello with the six Bartók quartets; and developing a series of Jazz Meets Classics programs, bringing two popular genres together.

The Vega Quartet has toured throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. The group has also won numerous international awards, including an award from the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition, as well as top prizes from the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition and the National Society of Arts and Letters String Quartet Competition.