Ken and Sandy Beall Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival


Michigan State University’s 21st annual Ken and Sandy Beall Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival is moving to the fall this year, with concerts at intimately scaled venues on campus, allowing audiences to view the performances up close. Guests can anticipate a diverse cross-section of chamber music by classical greats, 20th-century composers and composers inspired by the spirit of America.

The festival kicks off 7 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 8) at Cook Recital Hall with Stars from South Korea, a piano-and-violin duo, joined by MSU cellist Suren Bagratuni. The trio will perform works such as Claude Debussy’s Cello Sonata, a violin sonata by Maurice Ravel and Johannes Brahms’ most famous Piano Trio.

The festival continues 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 10) at the Alumni Memorial Chapel with a performance by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, featuring works such as Samuel Barber’s String Quartet in B minor, Op. 11, a new piece by Detroit Symphony Orchestra cellist and composer Jeremy Crosmer and Antonín Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 12, Op. 96.

The festival wraps up 7:30 p.m. Oct 12 at Cook Recital Hall with the MSU Chamber Trio, composed of violinist Yvonne Lam, pianist Ralph Votapek and Bagratuni. The group will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s first Piano Trio, Op. 70, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor.

Reserved-seating tickets for each concert are $17 for adults, $15 for ages 60 and older and $7 for students and those under 18. They can be purchased at


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