The Cliffrose Chamber Music Series will begin its second season with “Mozart!… and More! on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. at the Christian Community Church, 233 N Sandhill Blvd in Mesquite.

“The Christian Community Church will host our concert,” said Cliffrose violist Barry Bowers. “Their beautifully renovated sanctuary will be an ideal site for sharing the very up-close and personal nature of chamber music. Pastor Dan Rhodes has been wonderful to work with. We’re grateful for the church hosting us for this very special performance.”

The concert will feature the Cliffrose String Quartet with the Moapa Valley Trio as special guest artists.  Highlighting this matinee performance are two familiar Mozart compositions, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music) in four movements, and Rondo Alla Turca (Turkish March).  The Quartet will also perform favorites the Barber of Seville Overture by Rossini, Selections from Carmen by Georges Bizet, Pomp and Circumstance by Sir Edward Elgar, and standard classical works by Tchaikovsky, Smetana, Puccini, and others.

“We are absolutely delighted to have the Moapa Valley Trio perform in Mesquite,” says Cliffrose cellist Brent Pettit. “The Moapa Valley Trio includes master musicians who are well-known in our area. James Harvey, violin, performs with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Violinist Josephina Romero plays with several Las Vegas orchestras and has played with the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra here in Mesquite. Marya Romero Hoffman, viola, performs with the New London Community Orchestra in Connecticut. Both Josephina and Marya were students of the Quartet’s first violinist, Walter White.

The Moapa Valley Trio will perform Sergey Taneyev’s String Trio in D major, Op. 21 in four movements. Taneyev, a piano prodigy, was accepted at the Moscow Conservatory when he was just nine years old. There he studied with Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein. Taneyev, the first student in the history of the Conservatory to win the gold medal both for composition and for performing the piano was the soloist in the premier performance of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.

Admission to this matinee performance is free. Donations can be made at the concert. Contributions are appreciated, and will help to offset performance expenses.