Oboist Peggy Pearson and the Apple Hill String Quartet will perform on Sunday, April 10, at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, the last of four concerts in the 2016 Jean C. Wilson Music Series.
The program will include an exquisite chamber version of Haydn’s “Miracle” Symphony. Yi Yiing Chen presents the world premiere of her new work “Quartet for Oboe and Strings,” and the Apple Hill String Quartet takes center stage with Schubert’s “Quartet in G Major, Op. 161.”
A long-time member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, oboist Peggy Pearson’s career exemplifies the harmonious synthesis of music and community. Her pursuit of excellence as a musician has yielded a highly successful career both on stage and off. In addition to performing with a number of orchestras and ensembles, Pearson founded Winsor Music, Inc., in 1996 and she remains its Artistic Director and oboist. The first initiative of Winsor Music was a series of chamber music performances, but as a musician with a limited repertoire of chamber music available for her instrument, Pearson quickly realized that she would need to commission new pieces. Winsor Music has since commissioned 25 new works, with a focus on arrangements for oboe.
The most lasting evidence of Pearson’s dedication to combining music and community-building is Winsor Music’s highly successful outreach program, in which students and professional musicians from the Boston area perform chamber music in retirement communities and schools. These chamber concerts are an intimate experience, and Pearson believes that young students especially benefit from performing in this setting.
“Our concerts are informal, and it’s a great way to get kids out in front of an audience. They learn to perform without fear, to appreciate their own talent, and to think of each concert as a gift they are giving to the audience,” she said. “I encourage all of the young people that I know to be involved in our outreach concerts. The audiences are extremely receptive, and they love young people. These are audiences that do not usually get to hear music live, so it is a very special occasion for them.”
Since its founding in 2007, the Apple Hill String Quartet has earned praise around the world for its concerts presenting interpretive mastery of traditional repertoire including Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, and Ravel, as well as for world premieres and commissioned pieces.
As resident musicians at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, the Quartet is featured in the summer concert series held every Tuesday night at the Center in Nelson, N.H. These concerts attract hundreds of visitors and have become a mainstay of the Monadnock area summer music offerings.
The Jean C. Wilson Music Series is named for one of the founders and the director of the music series for 28 years. Now, under the auspices of the First Religious