Internationally Renowned Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot Featured at Sanibel Music Festival

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The Sanibel Music Festival will present renowned harpist Ann Hobson Pilot on Tuesday, March 10, with the Boston Chamber Music Society, the preeminent and longest running chamber music series in New England. Acclaimed by critics as ‘vivid, compelling and first rate,’ the BCMS has joined forces with a celebrated harpist,” said festival president, Jana Stone. “Ms. Pilot became legendary as the principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, retiring after 40 years to continue as a soloist performing worldwide.”

Sanibel Music Festival is a volunteer organization presenting a concert series of chamber music, piano recital and vocal ensemble of the highest caliber every year in March. Following the Boston Chamber Music Society on March 14, four more concerts will be held at 7:30 pm on selected Tuesdays and Saturdays at the Congregational U.C.C., 2050 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel. Visit or contact the hotline at 239-344-7025 for $50 general admission and free student tickets. Tickets are also available in person at Bank Of The Islands, 1699 Periwinkle Way, check and cash only.

“The BCMS with Ann Hobson Pilot on harp is a seductive combination for music lovers, both long time classical fans and those new to the genre,” explained festival board member Gloria Garrett. “The excellent acoustics in the intimate concert hall create an engulfing surround sound experience that is perfectly suited to harp arpeggios. Don’t be surprised if you get goosebumps,” smiled Garrett.

BCMS Artistic Director and violist Marcus Thompson performs worldwide and holds a doctorate in viola performance from The Juilliard School. He has been a member of the viola faculty at New England Conservatory for more than three decades, and professor of music at MIT for more than four decades.

Mr. Thompson and the festival music committee carefully crafted a performance to delight the Sanibel audience. The program includes Haydn’s Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello in G major, Op. 53, No. 1 (arranged from the Sonata in G major, Hoboken XVI:40); Mozart’s Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello in G minor, K. 478; Jongen’s Deux Pièces en Trio for Flute, Cello, and Harp, Op. 80; Saint-Saens’ Fantaisie for Violin and Harp, Op. 124, and Schumann’s Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello in E-flat major, Op. 47.

Mr. Thomson’s ensemble includes pianist Max Levinson, violinist Markus Placci, cellist Raman Ramakrishnan and flutist Jennifer Grim, all award-winning musicians and worldwide performers. Born in the Netherlands, Mr. Levinson is a graduate of Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music, continuing there as faculty and chairing the piano department at the Boston Conservatory of Music. Mr. Placci is professor of violin at the Boston Conservatory of Music and divides his time between Boston and hometown Bologna, Italy. Mr. Ramakrishnan hales from Athens, Ohio and holds degrees from Harvard University and the Julliard School. He maintains a teaching studio at Columbia University. A native of Berkeley, California, Ms. Grim holds degrees from Stanford and Yale. She is currently associate professor of flute at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

For more information, visit and Program notes by Dr. Richard E. Rodda are accessible at

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