Chamber Music at the Dock Street Theatre:
World Class Performers & Classical Music Masterworks
SAINT-SAËNS Havanaise in E Major, Op. 83
DVOŘÁK Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 87
AMY SCHWARTZ MORETTI, violin
BEN WEISS, viola
TIMOTHY O’MALLEY, cello
ANDREW ARMSTRONG, piano
“Chamber Music Charleston played with blinding precision and vivid musical insight…”
“The effect generated by four musicians hurtling along on the reckless, bare edge of control was absolutely electrifying…after the final crashing chord, the crowd leapt to its collective feet like a single beast poked by a cattle-prod. This was giddy musical excitement at its highest possible pitch!”
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Chamber Music at the Dock Street Theatre featuring Chamber Music Charleston – World Class Performers &
Classical Music Masterworks In Charleston’s Most Historic Theatre
About the musicians
Praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique, Andrew Armstrong (piano) has delighted audiences across Asia, Europe, Latin America, Canada, and the United States, including performances at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and Warsaw’s National Philharmonic. Andrew’s orchestral engagements across the globe have seen him perform a sprawling repertoire of more than 50 concertos with orchestras, and has additionally appeared in solo recitals in chamber music concerts with violinist James Ehnes, cellist Robert deMaine, the Elias, Alexander, American and Manhattan String Quartets, as a member of the Caramoor Virtuosi and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. Mr. Armstrong has released several award-winning recordings with his longtime recital partner James Ehnes, including 3 volumes of the music of Béla Bartók; Prokofiev’s Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 and Five Melodies; Tartini’s Devil’s Trill and Leclair’s Tambourin Sonata; a recital disc of works by Franck and Strauss; as well as an album of the sonatas by Debussy, Elgar and Respighi (Onyx Classics). Mr. Armstrong lives happily in Massachusetts, with his wife Esty, their two children, two dogs, two guinea pigs, and two fish.
Amy Schwartz Moretti (violin) is an accomplished chamber musician, solo artist, teacher and concertmaster. Mentored by Isaac Stern at his Chamber Music Workshop in Carnegie Hall, Ms. Moretti performed in Carnegie’s main hall as first violinist of the award-winning Cambiata String Quartet. She made her international recital debut as violin winner of the 1997 Irving M. Klein International String Competition. Her Carnegie Hall solo concerto debut was in 1998 with the New York Youth Symphony, a few months before graduating valedictorian from the Cleveland Institute. The following year, she won the concertmaster audition of The Florida Orchestra marking the beginning of her professional career. Ms Moretti is Director of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Georgia and is also a member of the Ehnes String Quartet.
Timothy O’Malley (cello) was first introduced to the cello at the age of nine when he participated in a strings program in Tucson, Arizona. Since then, his studies have brought him across the United States and to Europe. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and his Master’s degree in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. He is a member of Chamber Music Charleston and a Fabrication Specialist with Boeing South Carolina.
Ben Weiss (viola) earned degrees in violin and viola performance from Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music. While in Bloomington, he was a member of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Carmel, Terre Haute and Richmond symphony orchestras. In addition to Chamber Music Charleston, he performs regularly with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and teaches at the College of Charleston.