About the Feldman Chamber Society

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Our Mission

We Exist to Present “Music Worth Hearing!”

Our mission is to present the world’s finest chamber musicians in a series of six concerts annually for the Enjoyment, Education, and Enrichment of the south Hampton Roads community!

Our Board

Pete Morford
President

Pete Morford joined the Feldman Board for the 2013-2014 season, becoming President for the 2014-2015 season. He brings to the Feldman a wealth of experience in leadership and strategic planning …

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Chris Palestrant
Vice President

An accomplished composer, Christopher Palestrant’s works and arrangements have been performed from New York City to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C and throughout the United States. Prizes …

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David Jones
Secretary

David Jones is a Real Estate Analyst for the City of Chesapeake’s Real Estate Department, where his primary focus is on commercial real estate valuations.

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Janet Kriner
Artistic Director

Janet Kriner graduated from the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music in 1957 and moved to Tidewater shortly thereafter to play with the Feldman String Quartet.

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Directors

  • Stephen Cupschalk
  • Tom Ellis
  • Ed O’Neal
  • Henry Petersen
  • Rebecca Gilmore Phillips
  • Fred Walker

Our History

Violinist and Philadelphia native Israel E. Feldman (1897-1963), son of Russian immigrants, settled in Norfolk after a tour of duty as a Navy bandmaster brought him here in World War I. He instructed scores of students for more than 40 years at his studio in downtown Norfolk, but it was his love of chamber music that brought him fame. He began to direct a small group of Norfolk musicians informally at the home of Mrs. Fergus Reed on Pembroke Avenue in the mid-1930s. Note 1

In 1946, the group organized formally as the Feldman Quartet, and was supported by the Feldman Chamber Music Society for 39 seasons. Following retirements and the breaking-up of the Feldman Quartet, the Society turned to its present-day mission of bringing the best chamber music to the Hampton Roads area. Since the 1986-87 season, the Society, in collaboration with the Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg, has presented nationally and internationally acclaimed chamber groups for the enjoyment, education, and enrichment of the south Hampton Roads community.

Note 1 – Source: Norfolk Public Library (2013 calendar)

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