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Summer Concert Series in Hudson

2024 Ascent Summer Concert Series

Ascent International Chamber Music Festival

June 25- July 12, 2024

Hudson, OH

See below for video about the Ascent programs and our exciting move to Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH!



Faculty Artist Series Concerts


Old World, New World

Wednesday June 26th, 7:0pm

Antonin Dvořák was a world renowned Czech composer when Jeannetter Thurber, founder of the National Conservatory in New York City, hired him to be the school’s Director and to develop a school for American composers in 1892. Dvořák arrived by steam ship and immediately was inspired to write some of his most well known works including the New World Symphony, American String Quartet and the cello concerto.  This program explores Dvořák’s nationalist influence in his native Bohemia and America.

Celebrate the trailblazing spirit of Dvořák as Ascent celebrates moving to Hudson, OH for the 225th anniversary of the town’s founding by David Hudson!

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Catalyst Quartet: French Connection

Friday June 28th, 7:00pm



The Grammy winning Catalyst Quartet return to Ascent and make their Hudson debut with a French inspired program. Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (recently the subject of a Hollywood film) was a French violinist, composer, conductor and world-class fencer who was the first composer of African descent to be acclaimed across Europe.  Haydn connection to Paris was cemented with the commissioning by the Chevalier of France for him to write the Paris symphonies.  Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet is the most famous French quartet.

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Black Oak + Souvenir

Sunday June 30th, 5:00pm

The Black Oak Ensemble has been praised for their “insightful, committed and masterful performances” (Classics Today 10/10) and “fierce eloquence” (London Times).  The trio makes their Ascent debut and will be joined by fellow Ascent faculty members for Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, a piece inspired by his holiday travels to Italy.  Join us for this special concert at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson!

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Wednesday July 3rd, 7:00pm

Polish composer Mieczysław Weinberg fled his native Poland in 1939 ahead of the Nazi invasion and arrived at the Soviet border where he became friends and neighbors with Dmitri Shostakovich.  This program features Weinberg’s Sonata No. 5 for violin and piano and Shostakovich epic Piano Quintet.   


Chamber Music with Friends

Sunday July 7th, 5:00pm

Ascent returns to Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson for a concert featuring the musical couple who founded the Ascent International Chamber Music Festival and great friends.  Ascent was founded by Sarah Kim and Alan Rafferty, married cellists based in Cincinnati.  Joining them on this fun program featuring music of Mozart and Brahms are dear friends, Frank Rosenwein from The Cleveland Orchestra, Felicity James, Masumi Per Rostad and Paul Laraia.

Chamber Music with Friends

Inspirational Women

Wednesday July 10th, 7:00pm

The final faculty performance of the Ascent Summer Concert Series features three important female composers and a composer inspired by his better half.  The program opens with works by Rebecca Clarke, Florence Price and Amy Beach, trailblazing composers who were ahead of their time in a male dominated field. Closing out the program is Robert Schumann’s celebratory Piano Quintet was dedicated to his wife Clara, an accomplished pianist and composer.

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Special Events

*June 27th: 225th Anniversary Celebration Concert

Rising Artists Concerts

*June 25th: Rising Artists Showcase in the Chapel at Western Reserve at 7:00pm

*July 1st: Rising Artists Showcase at Laurel Lake at 7:00pm

*July 2nd: Rising Artists Showcase in the Chapel at Western Reserve at 7:00pm

*July 5th: Rising Artists Showcase in the Chapel at Western Reserve at 7:00pm

*July 8st: Rising Artists Showcase at Laurel Lake at 3:00pm

*July 8th: Rising Artists Showcase in the Chapel at Western Reserve at 7:00pm

*July 9th: Rising ArtistsShowcase in the Chapel at Western Reserve at 7:00pm

*July 11th: Rising Artists Chamber Showcase in the Chapel at Western Reserve at 7:00pm

*July 12th: Rising Artists Chamber Showcase in the Chapel at Western Reserve at 7:00pm

Master Classes

Public Master Classes open to the public- check back for updates


Special thanks to our sponsors for these concerts:

Board of Ascent Music

Dr. John & Jennie Kim

Rohan Patel & Dr. Niru Putcha Foundation





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