Sundays at Three will open the new year with a performance of two extraordinary pieces by Mozart and Schubert this weekend. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church, at Oakland Mills and Dobbin roads in Columbia.
The featured pieces are Mozart's String Quartet in C Major, K. 465, known as the "Dissonant" quartet, with its unusual harmonies, interplay between light and dark and delayed resolutions, and Schubert's dramatic Quintet in C Major, for two violins, viola and two cellos, Op. 163, written in 1828, months before the end of his life.
Violinists Ronald Mutchnik and Clay Purdy, violist Julius Wirth and cellists Bai-Chi Chen and Douglas Poplin will perform.
Mutchnik has played widely in the Baltimore area as a chamber musician and soloist, and is a popular teacher. He has served as concertmaster with the Maryland Symphony, the National Chamber Orchestra and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He recently began touring the East Coast with a program, "Music of the Jewish Soul," first performed in the Baltimore area at Chizuk Amuno Congregation.
Raised in a musical family, Purdy gained early chamber music experience playing with his family in the Purdy String Quartet. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, he performed with the Fort Lauderdale Symphony, the Miami Chamber Orchestra, the Savannah Symphony and the Augusta (Ga.) Symphony. Since moving to Maryland, Purdy performs with the Annapolis Symphony and the Baltimore Opera Company.
Wirth has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Baltimore, Washington and Lakeland, Fla. He is co-founder of the Windemere Ensemble, a founding member of the Wilde Quartet of Albany, N.Y., and the newest member of the Umojo String Quartet.
Chen was invited as a guest artist at the Second and Third World Cello Congresses in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Towson. She is on the faculty at Peabody Preparatory School and at Goucher College, where she teaches cello and coaches chamber music ensembles.
Poplin performs regularly with the Fessenden Ensemble, the National Chamber Orchestra and the National Gallery Orchestra.
Sundays at Three, a community group, is in its fifth season. Tickets are $15 at the door; $10 for students. A subscription of five concerts for $60 or three for $40 is available. A reception with the artists is held after the performance. Information: 410-381-5773.