aieda-familyOnce again, Annette and Jim Ieda are preparing for their annual home dinner and concert event at their house on 6932 Horn Hill Rd. in Ellicottville, N.Y. Although their children are now grown and living in Canandaigua, Clarence, and Buffalo, their music making has brought them together at least once a month to prepare for their upcoming Friday, May 10 concert. This will be their 26th year of making music together.

The three Ieda children began their musical training with the Buffalo Suzuki Strings at the tender age of 3 and have continued making music ever since. The family began playing ensembles together in 1985. Even taking time off for college and family, the Iedas figure that they have kept their music going for around 26 years. All five of the quintet members are graduates of SUNY Fredonia with music education degrees.

Kicking off this year’s concert will be a cello solo by 3-year-old Martin Ieda, son of Jimmy and Anneke. He is now completing his first year of lessons with the Buffalo Suzuki Strings. Victoria, age 5, is finishing her third year in the program and is graduating from Suzuki Book 1.

Juliette Ieda, daughter of Jim and Annette, will rejoin the family concert once again participating with her mom, brother Jim, and his wife Anneke in a Telemann violin quartet. (Juliette is currently pursuing a degree in nursing.) Brothers Christopher and Jim Ieda and continue to teach elementary strings in Clarence and Canandaigua, N.Y.

Anneke will play viola in the family ensemble, with James (dad) on piano, Jim III on violin I, Annette (mom) on violin II and Christopher on cello. They will perform Robert Schuman’s “Piano Quintet in Eb,” Opus 44, and Dvorak’s “American” string quartet, Op. 96.

Preceding the 7:30 p.m. performance will be a potluck dinner starting at 6 p.m. Please call (716) 699-6338 for reservations by May 8, 2013.

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