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"Le Tombeau De Couperin: I. Prélude", Maurice Ravel
Pianist: Cynthia Raim
Recording: Connoisseur Society
CD 4255, available at
LiveARTS is an exciting performing arts organization, now in its twelfth season, whose goal is to enrich the cultural life of New England. Its chief activity currently is presenting an annual series of four highly acclaimed concerts, performed in the beautiful ambiance of the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin.
Classical chamber music at its finest
—performed by musicians of the first rank
—at remarkably affordable prices!
Subscribe to our 12th Anniversary 2014-2015 season!
Ticket prices below. All concerts at 3:30PM

Sunday, October 26
Irina Muresanu, violin
As a member of the beloved LiveARTS String Quartet, Irina Muresanu is no stranger to LiveARTS audiences. But as she takes the stage in the opening concert of the 2014-2015 season, this charming, Romanian-born violinist will have the spotlight all to herself, and our audience will come to appreciate her not only as a superb collaborator but as a stunning soloist as well. Perhaps because she has been a competition winner on two continents, as well as a performer all over the globe, Muresanu has become absorbed by the music of the lands she has visited, so much so that recently she put together a fascinating recital, “Four Strings Around the World,” which has met with critical acclaim all over the U.S. Now she brings this music to the LiveARTS stage to launch our new and exciting season with this unusual, musically global perspective.
Irina Muresanu
Irina Muresanu
Anton Belov
Anton Belov
Sunday, November 16
Anton Belov, baritone and
Janice Weber, piano
and colleagues
Juilliard graduate, Russian-born baritone Anton Belov brings his “rich and mellifluous” [New York Times] voice to LiveARTS, with pianist Janice Weber (who closed our last season in the delightful solo recital, “Water, Water, Everywhere”) and other colleagues. This will not be your usual operatic recital. Fascinated by the life of Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, Belov has created a multi-media presentation, “Pushkin in Exile,” that reveals the Russian soul as exemplified in Pushkin’s life. The credentials supporting Belov’s bona fides as one of the major voices of his generation are too numerous to list, either in terms of competition kudos or in the range of roles he has already mastered and performed in prestigious venues around the world. His promises to be one of the finest and most unusual of LiveARTS concerts.
Kevin Owen
Kevin Owen
Sunday, January 25
Kevin Owen, French horn
Asako Shibata, piano

A first at LiveARTS: the featured solo instrument is the French horn! Liberated from the orchestral brass section, virtuoso French hornist, Kevin Owen, with his pianist wife, Asako Shibata, “cuts loose” in an awe-inspiring demonstration of what the French horn is all about. Often regarded as the most difficult of the instruments in the orchestra, the French horn and its lovely tonality will be demonstrated by Owen in performance and in informative remarks that will be not only illustrative but fascinating. Owen is widely recognized as one of the the finest horn players today, and his participation in an exceptionally wide variety of ensembles throughout his career is nothing short of astounding.  
Sunday, April 12
LiveARTS String Quartet
Irina Muresanu, violin
Gregory Vitale, violin
Donald Krishnaswami,viola
Jan Muller-Szeraws,cello
LiveARTS String Quartet
LiveARTS String Quartet
Our season’s climax and finale is presented by our own LiveARTS String Quartet. Six seasons ago LiveARTS learned about a group of four immensely talented string players who had been playing together but had not yet given a public performance as an ensemble. They were enthusiastically invited to share their artistry on the LiveARTS series of Sunday concerts. So special was the mix of musical talent and insight in this premiere performance that a permanent identity was inevitable: LiveARTS immediately offered its name and a residence haven so that this group would continue. And continue it has--appearing every season since. The LiveARTS audience has taken this ensemble to its heart, enjoying profoundly some exquisite performances that have approached the pinnacle of chamber artistry.
Tickets, available at the door, are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (60+), $10 for students, and Children (ages 6-12) free. (No children under 6, please)
Four concerts for the price of three - save 25%!
Adult subscription: $60
Seniors (60+) subscriptions: $45
Student subscriptions: $30
To purchase a season subscription, make check payable to LiveARTS and mail to:
Rand Barthel, Treasurer
50 Asylum Street, Mendon, MA 01756
(Tickets will be held for you at the door, or you can also purchase at the door.)
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LiveARTS is supported in part by grants from the Franklin, Bellingham, and Wrentham Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. We are a non-profit, non-sectarian affiliate of the First Universalist Society in Franklin. All events are handicapped accessible.