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Two Dichters, two pianos, three by Brahms

Susannah Luthi
Special to The Aspen Times

Cipa and Misha Dichter offer an all-Brahms piano recital tonight at Harris Concert Hall. AMFS photo/John Russell.

Misha and Cipa Dichter, perennial Aspen Music Festival and School favorites, are back for a 13th season, offering an all-Brahms recital tonight at Harris Concert Hall.

The 8 p.m. program features Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, two viola sonatas (featuring Emerson String Quartet violist Lawrence Dutton), and Hungarian Dances. Tickets are $42.

Then, on Thursday, Misha Dichter will present a 10 a.m. piano master class at Harris Concert Hall ($20).

At 6 p.m. tomorrow, he’ll be featured in the Evening with the American String Quartet, a much-acclaimed ensemble that has been is residence at the festival since 1974. The program includes Haydn’s String Quartet in C major; Ravel’s String Quartet in F major; and Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor. The evening performance takes place at the Benedict Music Tent; tickets are $48.

The American String Quartet also teams up with violist Roberto Diaz and cellist Ralph Kirshbaum for a Harris Concert Hall recital at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Harris Concert Hall ($42). Haydn’s String Quartet in D major; Beethoven’s String Quartet in F major and Brahms’ String Sextet No. 2 in G major are on the program.

Misha Dichter, who is Polish, was born in Shanghai, while Cipa Dichter, who is Polish-Russian, was born in Brazil ” making her professional debut with the Symphony Orchestra of Brazil. They met at the Juilliard School as students of Rosina Lhevinne. Since then they have enjoyed an international career playing in recitals and alongside orchestras, and collaborating on two-piano and four-hand piano repertoire.

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Tickets to festival events are available at the Wheeler Box Office, the gondola building box office and at Harris Concert Hall.