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Chamber Music Society of Utica concert features Utica native


Cellist Peter Wiley and Pianist Anna Polonsky perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at a Chamber Music Society of Utica concert at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, 310 Genesee St.

Their program includes works by Beethoven, Schumann, Barber, Mendelssohn and Franck. This concert will be live streamed via the Chamber Music Society of Utica (CMSU) website at www.

For the live concert, general admission is $25; students over 18 are $10 with ID; and children under 18 are free. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted.

For the livestream, log on to the CMSU website www.uticachambermusic. org at 2:15 p.m. to confirm system compatibility before the performance begins. Suggested donation is $25 for viewers without a CMSU subscription or they can pay what they are able.

Wiley, a Utica native, enjoys a prolific career as a performer and teacher. He attended the Curtis Institute at just 13 years of age, under the tutelage of David Soyer, and continued his impressive youthful accomplishments with his appointment as principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony at age 20, after one year in the Pittsburgh Symphony. He made his concerto debut at Carnegie Hall in 1986 with the New York String Orchestra conducted by Alexander Schneider.

From 1987 through 1998, Wiley was cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio. He succeeded his mentor, David Soyer, as cellist of the Guarneri Quartet from 2001 through 2009. Awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Wiley was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 1998 with the Beaux Arts Trio and in 2009 with the Guarneri Quartet. He has maintained a close association with the Marlboro Music

Festival for over 40 years.

A much sought-after teacher, Wiley has been a faculty artist at Caramoor’s “Rising Stars” program, and taught at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Mannes College of Music and Manhattan School of Music. He is currently on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

Polonsky, a Steinway Artist, is widely in demand as soloist and chamber musician. A frequent guest at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Polonsky collaborates with chamber ensembles and soloists of note, performing at chamber music festivals including Marlboro, Music@Menlo, and Caramoor, as well as Bargemusic in New York City. She has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

For more information on this and all CMSU concerts call 315-507-3597 or 315-794-9741, or visit the CMSU website at





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