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Classical Chamber Music

Sunday, May 20th, 4:00 p.m. Sonatas for Cello & Piano

Bonnie Anderson, piano, and Shay Rudolph, cello

Beethoven: Sonata No. 3 in A Major
Chopin: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65

Westford native and Piano Heritage Series Artistic Director Bonnie Anderson will collaborate with Chelmsford resident Shay Rudolph for a concert celebrating the magnificent sonorities of piano and cello. Ludwig van Beethoven’s A Major Cello Sonata was written at the same time as his famous Fifth Symphony. Although this piece is full of spontaneity, light, and beauty, early editions included Beethoven’s inscription, “Between Tears and Sorrow,” which imparts a bittersweet quality. This glorious sonata is the first to treat the cello as much more than just accompaniment. Frederic Chopin’s Cello Sonata was one of only 9 works written for instruments other than the piano. A novice at writing for the cello, Chopin abandoned many versions of this sonata before settling on this one. This music was more mature than his previous compositions and was ahead of its time. The work was said by many to be “un-Chopin-like” and polarized his fans accordingly.

Buy tickets 

  • $15 Non-members; $12 PCA Members/Seniors/College Students; $5 Under 18. 
  • Family-friendly – well-behaved children welcome! Not recommended for children under age 5.
  • Piano and string students FREE (up to 2) WITH ATTENDING ADULT!



New to the PCA this year, Shay Rudolph is an active freelance cellist living in Chelmsford. She is a member of the Orchestra of Indian Hill, assistant principal cellist of the New Bedford Symphony, principal cellist of the New Hampshire Philharmonic, and toured internationally with the official “Star Wars: In Concert” orchestra.  Shay’s greatest musical passion is chamber music, studying at the Boston University College of Fine Arts with the Muir Quartet and at chamber music festivals with the Miro, Lydian, and Turtle Island String Quartets.

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Past events

Sunday, September 24th, 3:00 p.m. – Compositions by Former Child Prodigies

Yilin You, piano; Nathaniel Farny, violin; Shay Rudolph, cello

Chamber Nathaniel Farny


Mozart: Piano Trio in B-flat Major, K502

Mendelssohn: Piano Trio #1 in D minor, Opus 49

Violinist/Violist Nathaniel Farny and pianist Yilin You return to the PCA to present a beautiful program of Piano Trios.  Composers W.A. Mozart and Felix Mendelssohn, despite living 50 years apart in different musical eras, had many similarities in their early lives. Both were child prodigies, both were taught piano by a parent (Mozart by his father, Mendelssohn by his mother), both had notably musical sisters, and sadly both died prematurely in their 30’s.  Both pieces in this program were written when these grown-up child prodigies were a mature age of 30, at the height of their musical careers.

Saturday, January 13th, 4:00 p.m. Evolution of the String Quartet

Haydn: String Quartet in C Major, Opus 20 #2.
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Opus 12

Andrew Eng & Omar Chen Güey, violins, Nathaniel Farny, viola, and Shay Rudolph, cello

About the concert: The six groundbreaking Opus 20 quartets earned Franz Joseph Haydn the title of “The Father of the String Quartet.” String quartets written before this time generally consisted of a solo violinist with simple accompaniment. By giving the cellist and violist more to do, the harmonies became richer and more sonorous. The interplay between instruments suddenly made string quartets more fun to hear and play. Opus 20 directly inspired both Mozart & Beethoven to write their own quartets. In turn, Beethoven’s Opus 74 string quartet, “The Harp,” inspired Felix Mendelssohn’s Opus 12.