Candlelight Concerts announces next season’s lineup of performers

The renowned Juilliard String Quartet will open the 66th season of the Candlelight Concert series on Sunday, Oct. 20. The series is known for bringing top-level musicians to perform in the intimate setting of the Wilton Congregational Church.

“Musicians love the acoustics and ambiance of the Congregational Church,” said Margaret Gregory, longtime Candlelight board member. “They also appreciate our being so convenient to New York. This past winter, for example, pianist Stephen Hough played the same concert for us as he did the following night at Carnegie Hall.”

The Juilliard String Quartet will perform a program of works by Beethoven, Berg, and Brahms. The Quartet will introduce a new member, violist Roger Tapping, this fall, and the Wilton audience will be among the first to hear the new blending.

A newly formed piano trio — violinist Joseph Swensen, cellist Carter Brey, and pianist Jeffrey Kahane — will perform Sunday, Dec. 1. They will play works by Schumann, Mozart, Ravel, and Schoenfeld.

Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin will take the stage at the Congregational Church on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. A native of Canada, Mr. Hamelin performs around the world; his program will include works by Medtner and Schubert, as well as his own composition, “Barcarolle.”

The final concert in the series will be on Sunday, March 9, 2014, when eminent clarinetist David Schifrin will perform with the Amphion String Quartet. They will present Wolf’s “Serenade” and clarinet quintets by Mozart and Brahms, perennial favorites of chamber music lovers.

All concerts take place at 4 p.m. at the Wilton Congregational Church on Route 33. Tickets may be obtained at the door for $25 ($10 for students).    For more information on the Candlelight series,  visit  To be added to the brochure mailing list for the 2013-2014 concert season, call 203-762-3401.

Candlelight Concerts benefits the Wilton Library Association and accepts individual and corporate tax-deductible contributions.