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Husband-and-wife duo open season.

Byline: Bob Keefer The Register-Guard

O r e g o n M o z a r t P l a y e r s

The Oregon Mozart Players are calling their season opening concert coming up this weekend "All Amadeus." They might as well have called it "All in the Family."

That's because the featured soloists - violinist Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus - are also husband and wife.

Dicterow is concertmaster for the New York Philharmonic. Dreyfus is an award-winning violist who teaches at the Manhattan School of Music.

And they manage to play sweet music together - even though they're married.

"In our case, it's easy," Dreyfus said by phone from their home in New York. "It's fabulous. Playing with Glenn is a sheer joy. He is so easy to play with, with fabulous technique and gorgeous tone."

Despite the fact they both work in the same rather narrow and highly competitive field of classical music, Dicterow and Dreyfus see the professional side of their marriage as creating more harmony than counterpoint. That will especially be true when they perform the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante this weekend at the Hult Center and at Beall Hall.

The piece, which is structured as a blend between a symphony and a concerto, moves easily back and forth between the two string soloists.

"In the Mozart we are playing, Glenn makes a statement and then I will play the same thing, altered," Dreyfus said. "I never feel it is a competition. We are just having a conversation."

In 2002, Dreyfus and Dicterow released a recording of that musical conversation - the Mozart Sinfonia. Also on the CD - under the direction of conductor Carl St. Clair and with the Warsaw National Philharmonic on the MMC label - are the McKinley Concert Variations, a piece written expressly for them.

Dicterow agrees about the back-and-forth nature of the music.

"It is very conversational," he said. "There is not a predominant amount of time where we play together, but a lot of back-and-forth conversation.

`And when we do play together, it's wonderful."

The musical couple will spend a full week in Eugene. Besides the Mozart Players concert, they will play a chamber music concert tonight.

That concert will not only feature family connections but highlight old friendships. Dicterow and Eugene pianist Victor Steinhardt performed recitals together as teenagers in Los Angeles.

And Dreyfus is old friends with Eugene violinist Kathy Lucktenberg, who will play in the chamber concert. The two women performed together years ago in a chamber quartet, while they were both students at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

"We have seen each other maybe once or twice since then," Dreyfus said. "We played together two years ago, and it was terrific playing with her again. She is so energetic and such a wonderful musician."

Dreyfus laughed.

"I think back through all those times we had an 8 a.m. rehearsal. I don't know how we did it. We would rehearse any time we could in those days. Our quartet was so serious!"

Dicterow has been concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic since 1980. He appears frequently throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

He also serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music.

Dreyfus has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America.

CONCERT PREVIEW Oregon Mozart Players 24th season opener Program: W.A. Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, Divertimento No. 7 in D Major and Symphony No. 29 in A Major Soloists: Glenn Dicterow and Karen Dreyfus When/where: 8 p.m. Saturday, Hult Center's Soreng Theater, Seventh Avenue and Willamette Street; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Beall Concert Hall, 961 E. 18th Ave. Tickets: $12 to $30, 682-5000 CHAMBER CONCERT PREVIEW Glenn Dicterow and Karen Dreyfus join Victor Steinhardt, Kathy Lucktenberg and others Program: Mozart's Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K 493; Mendelssohn Octet When: 8 p.m. tonight Where: Beall Concert Hall Tickets: $12 to $25, 682-5000
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Date:Oct 12, 2006
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