The Casamatta String Trio, a classical chamber music ensemble with folk roots, will play selections from Jean Cras, Beethoven, and Kodaly on Sunday, April 14 at 4 pm at the Woods Hole Public Library. This group always draws a crowd so buy your tickets early to ensure admission. Tickets are $20 and are available online (https://www.showclix.com/
Long-time friends of the Library, this trio is the evolutionary progeny of the Geostrophic String Quartet. Many summer concertgoers in Woods Hole will recognize violinist Matthew Liebendorfer, from his days with the locally popular Geostrophic String Quartet with Falmouth locals Bill Simmons, Evie McFadden, and David Hobbie. When Simmons and McFadden retired several years ago, Hobbie and Liebendorfer invited other colleagues to join in, including Jennifer Minnich on cello, with the group playing to more warm WHPL receptions. This year, a new iteration of the group, the Casamatta Trio, contains both Liebendorfer and Minnich. They are joined by long-time colleague, Elaine Leisinger, on viola.
Matthew Liebendorfer, is a Boston-area violinist and violist with a special love for chamber music. Having appeared on many stages throughout New England as a string quartet- and piano trio-violinist, he plays numerous concerts per year in several of the Massachusetts’ professional choral and orchestral ensembles, as well. Each summer for the past decade in the Finger Lakes region of New York (and now southern New Hampshire), Matthew has directed the leading summer chamber music-reading festival, “Heaven”, a week-long foray into playing all possible things related to string and piano chamber music. Matthew is the proud father of four accomplished and talented young adults, an avid cyclist, runner and skier, and a resident of Newton, Mass. By day, he is also a database and application integration consultant and programmer.
Elaine Leisinger, violist, violinist, and occasional collaborative pianist, is a keen chamber musician and orchestral player. Among numerous chamber music projects, she is a co-founder of the Haydn Enthusiasts, which is dedicated to the performance, study, and appreciation of Haydn’s string quartets. Regular orchestral engagements include Symphony New Hampshire (Assistant Principal Violist) and the Mercury Orchestra (Principal Violist). A devoted fan of music theory and puzzles, Elaine also enjoys making musical arrangements for students and colleagues. She holds a B.M. in Viola Performance from the Eastman School of Music; a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Rochester; and a M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts — Boston. In her non-musical life, Elaine is passionate about math education, and has taught math at UMass Boston and in the Boston Public Schools.
Jennifer Minnich, cellist, enjoys performing music by living composers, and has premiered numerous new works. While her musical tastes are diverse, chamber music is her greatest love, especially string quartets. She holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from Boston University and an M.M in Cello Performance from Boston Conservatory. Jennifer has performed regularly with Commonwealth Chorale, Dedham Choral Society, Plymouth Philharmonic, and New Bedford Symphony, and in musical theater pit orchestras at Emerson College, The Lyric Stage Company, New Repertory Theatre, and SpeakEasy Stage Company. By day, she also works in higher education administration at Harvard Law School. When not playing the cello, Jennifer entertains herself by hiking, cycling, knitting, practicing yoga, and traveling the world.