The centerpiece of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's performance at the Kennedy Center Wednesday will be the Washington premiere of Shulamit Ran's "Concerto da Camera II" for clarinet, string quartet and piano.
Ran, 38, is an accomplished composer. At 14, she was a principal soloist when Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic performed one of her compositions. She has received numerous awards and recently was commissioned to write a chamber work for Leningrad's Taneyev Quartet -- the first such commission within the new U.S.-Soviet cultural exchange program.
"It's very important for her that she considers each of the instruments for their own characteristics, like choosing a cast for a play," explains clarinetist Gervase de Peyer, a founding member of the Chamber Society. "What she's done in this piece is exploit the various instruments and their capabilities. There are numerous solo passages for all the instruments. It is quite complex, something new is happening all the time."
Joining de Peyer will be Chamber Society violinist Ani Kavafian, violist Walter Trampler, cellist Fred Sherry, flutist Paula Robison and harpsichordist Charles Wadsworth, with guest artists violinist Laurie Smuckler and pianists Alan Feinberg and Peter Serkin.
The program will also include G.B. Pergolesi's Sonata in G major for two violins and continuo, Amy Beach's Theme and Variations for flute and string quartet, and Maurice Ravel's Trio in A minor for piano, violin and cello. The concert begins at 7 p.m. For information call 254-3776.