• 03:00 PM
  • DOCK STREET THEATRE, 135 Church Street

Chamber Music at the Dock Street Theatre:

World Class Performers &  Classical Music Masterworks


This concert is SOLD OUT! But…we understand some folks may not be able to attend due to road conditions (although main roads like Broad Street, Church Street and Lockwood are fine for driving) so some tickets may be released tomorrow at the Box Office of the Dock Street Theatre beginning at 2:15pm.



BEETHOVEN String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2
MENDELSSOHN String Quintet No. 2, Op. 87

Performing Artists

KAREN KIM, violin
BEN WEISS, viola

Grammy Award-winning violinist Karen Kim returns to Charleston to join musicians of CMC for two masterpieces of the string chamber music repertoire.

“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!” 

What are Ovation Concerts?

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

Grammy award-winning violinist Karen Kim (violin) is widely hailed for her sensitive musicianship and passionate commitment to chamber and contemporary music. She has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, appearing in such venues and concert series as Carnegie Hall’s Zankel and Weill Recital Halls, Lincoln Center, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York; the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society and Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Her recordings as a founding member of the Parker Quartet from 2002 to 2012 include the complete string quartets of György Ligeti, which received the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2011. With the Parker Quartet, Karen Kim also received the Grand Prize and Mozart Prize at the 2005 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.

Frances Hsieh (violin) earned bachelor degrees in Music and Biology at Duke University and a Master’s in Violin Performance at the Eastman School of Music.  She is a member of Chamber Music Charleston, has won positions with the Colorado Music Festival and the Richmond, Asheville and Charleston symphony orchestras.  She also performs with the North Carolina, Phoenix and Hilton Head symphonies.

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.

Jenny Blickensderfer Weiss (violin) completed her Bachelor’s degree and Performance Diploma at Indiana University. While living in Bloomington, she was a member of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Carmel, Terre Haute and Richmond symphony orchestras. She enjoys performing with her husband, Ben, and performs regularly with Chamber Music Charleston and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.