Violinist Stefan Jackiw.

OLD LYME — Musical Masterworks opens its 29th season this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

Pre-concert talks will be given on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

This season, Musical Masterworks celebrates the debut of the acclaimed violinist, Stefan Jackiw, alongside the return of the Swiss-born,  “immensely talented,” to quote the New York Times, pianist and beloved Musical Masterworks veteran, Gilles Vonsattel. Jackiw and Vonsattel will open the program with Mozart’s Sonata in G Major for Violin and Piano.

Musical Masterworks Artistic Director Edward Arron will then join them for two Piano Trio by respectively Maurice Ravel and Robert Schumann. Ravel’s haunting Trio in A Minor will be followed by Schumann’s delightful Trio in D Minor.

Musical Masterworks Artistic Director Edward Arron.

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is an acoustically rich venue for chamber music. Arron describes the significance of the series venue for him: “As I enter my 11th season as the curator of this concert series, I am more aware than ever of what a truly unique and deeply meaningful experience we all share in the intimate and exquisite First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.”

He continued, “For nearly 30 years, audiences and world-class musicians have delighted in passionate and spirited music-making in this magical setting, and I am gratified that Musical Masterworks remains a distinguished sanctuary for this exceptional art.”

Musical Masterworks’ season runs Oct. 2019 – May 2020 and includes a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary in March and May 2020, when concertgoers will have the opportunity to hear the complete cycle of Beethoven’s String Quartets.  

To purchase a series subscription ($150.00 each), a mini subscription ($100 each) or individual tickets ($40 adult; $5 student), visit Musical Masterworks at or call 860.434.2252.