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Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - Page updated at 04:30 a.m.

Seattle Chamber Music Society’s 2013 summer fest lineup

By Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times arts writer

The Seattle Chamber Music Society has announced the lineup for its 2013 Summer Festival.

Between June 29 and July 26, SCMS will present 12 concerts at Benaroya Hall, each one preceded by a free recital. There’s also a free all-Dvorák concert, “Dvorák in America,” in Volunteer Park on July 17 at 7 p.m., and a budget-priced Family Concert on July 13.

Musical highlights include SCMS’s continued celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary with performances of his Sonata for Cello and Piano and Lachrymae for Viola and Piano. Multiple works by Beethoven, Brahms, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky are also on the roster.

Female 19th-century composers Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and Clara Schumann are featured. American composer Lawrence Dillon’s “Sanctuary,” an SCMS commission, will have its world premiere.

Returning favorite musicians include pianists Inon Barnatan, Anton Nel, Jeewon Park and Anna Polonsky; violinists Augustin Hadelich, Stefan Jackiw and Ida Levin; and cellists Edward Arron, Robert deMaine and Bion Tsang.

Eight musicians will make their SCMS debuts, including Seattle Symphony concertmaster Alexander Velinzon. Other Seattle players taking part include pianist Craig Sheppard, double-bassist Jordan Anderson, bassoonist Seth Krimsky and percussionist Michael Werner.

Altogether 40 artists are taking part, including principal players from the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Seattle Symphony. SCMS artistic director (and violin wizard) James Ehnes will perform in more than half the concerts.

Subscriptions, on sale now, run $172-$516. Single tickets, on sale April 16, are $15-$45. Family Concert tickets are $10 (206-283-8808 or www.seattlechambermusic.org).

Michael Upchurch: mupchurch@seattletimes.com