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The Atlanta Chamber Players Proudly Presents Our 40th Anniversary Season:
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9/11/15
Opening Concert with violinist Robert McDuffie

Friday, September 11, 2015
7:30 pm

The Carter Center
Cecil B. Day Chapel
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307

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$20 Adults, $15 Seniors, $10 Students

“Opening Concert of 40th Anniversary Season”

Johannes BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K. 452
Ernest CHAUSSON Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21

 


Elizabeth Pridgen, piano • Helen Hwaya Kim, violin • Kenn Wagner, violin
Catherine Lynn, viola • Brad Ritchie, cello • Laura Ardan, clarinet
Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, oboe • Laura Najarian, bassoon • Susan Welty, horn
With Special Guest: Robert McDuffie, violin

The Atlanta Chamber Players open our season at The Carter Center's Cecil B. Day Chapel and welcome special guest, violinist Robert McDuffie. McDuffie is an internationally acclaimed soloist. He also founded The McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in his hometown of Macon, Georgia.

McDuffie and Pridgen will open the program with the tender, moving Brahms sonata colloquially known as the Rain Sonata because Brahms used some melodies and rhythms from his traditional rain songs Regenlied and Nachklang.

After completing this piano and wind quintet in 1784, Mozart famously wrote to his father that it was "the best work I have ever written." Many brilliant works came to us from Mozart's quill both before and after this work, but it is indeed a beautiful example of his genius. Chausson's "Concert" work is difficult to classify, but it is one of the most important French works in the literature. Deeply moving, it is the perfect way to end this gorgeous evening of music.

10/25/15
Concert in Lawrenceville — “NEW FACES”

Sunday, October 25, 2015
3:00 pm

550 Trackside
550 N Clayton St
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Venue Website: 550trackside.com/

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$20 Adults, $15 Seniors, $10 Students

Convenient, free public parking

"NEW FACES"
Presented by BrandBank

Franz SCHUBERT

Fantasie for Piano, 4 hands in F minor, D. 940

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Flute Quartet in D major, K. 285
Henry PURCELL, arr. by Benjamin BRITTEN

Chacony in G Minor, arranged for string quartet

Arthur BLISS Quintet for Oboe and String Quartet, Op. 44 F. 21

 

Elizabeth Pridgen, piano • Julie Coucheron, piano • David Coucheron, violin
Helen Hwaya Kim, violin • Catherine Lynn, viola • Brad Ritchie, cello
Elizbeth Koch Tiscione, oboe • Todd Skitch, flute

Traveling to Gwinnett County for the first time in our history, the ACP is pleased to be performing at 550 Trackside in downtown Lawrenceville. We will open with Schubert’s beloved Fantasie for Piano 4 Hands. The “4 hands" of the title means that two pianists play together on the same instrument, at the same time! This performance will mark the ACP debut of pianist Julie Coucheron. The Fantasie was written just a few months before Schubert’s untimely death at just 31 years old. Haunting and wistful, it was dedicated to Karoline Esterhazy, the woman he loved, though she did not return his feelings.

Mozart's K.285, written for flute and a string trio, is a delightful work, displaying typical Mozartian melodic invention. The middle Adagio movement is achingly beautiful, and it is bookended by two very joyful movements (an Allegro and a Rondo).

Next, audiences will hear Purcell’s Chacony in G minor, lovingly arranged by Benjamin Britten, who left little to no trace of his own influence on the piece. British composer Arthur Bliss’s quintet was premiered in Vienna in 1927 and is a gorgeous work calling for virtuosic oboe accompanied by string quartet.

This concert is presented by BrandBank.


10/27/15
“Southeastern Rapido! Semi-Finals” at the Shakespeare Tavern

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Tavern opens for British Pub menu at 6:15 pm
Concert at 7:30 pm

New American Shakespeare Tavern
499 Peachtree Street, Atlanta

Box Office: shakespearetavern.com and 404-874-5299
Tickets $24-$15

 

“SOUTHEASTERN RAPIDO! SEMI-FINALS”

Henry PURCELL, arr. by Benjamin BRITTEN Chacony in G Minor, arranged for string quartet
Arthur BLISS Quintet for Oboe and String Quartet, Op. 44 F. 21
Southeastern Semi-Finalists Variations on a Theme for Piano, Violin, and Clarinet
Franz SCHUBERT Fantasie for Piano, 4 hands in F minor, D. 940


Elizabeth Pridgen, piano • Julie Coucheron, piano • David Coucheron, violin
Helen Hwaya Kim, violin • Catherine Lynn, viola • Brad Ritchie, cello
Elizbeth Koch Tiscione, oboe • Todd Skitch, flute • Ted Gurch, clarinet


As always, the ACP is thrilled to perform at one of our favorite venues: the New American Shakespeare Tavern. The concert features numerous stellar musicians, performing a wide variety of works. Opening with Purcell’s Chacony in G minor, lovingly arranged by Benjamin Britten, who left little to no trace of his own influence on the piece. British composer Arthur Bliss’s quintet was premiered in Vienna in 1927 and is a gorgeous work calling for virtuosic oboe accompanied by string quartet.

Next, the audience will have a special treat - as the three Southeastern Semi-Finalists for the national Rapido! Composition Contest will have their short pieces for piano, violin, and clarinet performed. The winner and Southeastern Finalist will be announced at the end of the evening. They will receive a cash prize and will move on to the National Finals concert as one of five Finalists, also taking place in Atlanta on January 17th.

The concert will close with Schubert’s Fantasie for Piano 4 Hands. The “4 hands" of the title means that two pianists play together on the same instrument, at the same time! This piece was written just a few months before Schubert’s untimely death at just 31 years old. Haunting and wistful, it was dedicated to Karoline Esterhazy, the woman he loved, though she did not return his feelings.

More about Rapido!: a national competition, founded and organized by the ACP, Rapido! hosts Regional concerts taking place in five locations coast-to-coast as over 300 composers from across the country wrote short new works during a 14-day period this past June. Extensive judging has selected three finalist composers in each of the five Rapido! regions. This concert features the performance of the three Southeastern finalist works and the live selection by a distinguished panel of judges of the Southeastern first-prize winning composer, who will continue on to the National Finals to determine the National First Prize Commission winner.

Join us for the Tavern’s pub dinner and drinks before the concert, or just come in time for the start of the performance. Doors open at 6:15, concert begins at 7:30 (ticket price does not include dinner or drinks).



1/17/16
National Rapido! Contest Finals Concert

Sunday, January 17, 2016
3:00 pm

Walter Hill Auditorium, High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
Venue Website: high.org

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$20 Adults, $15 Seniors, $10 Students

 

“National Rapido! Finals Concert”

Robert SPANO TBD
National Rapido! Finalists Variations on a Theme for Piano, Violin, and Clarinet


Elizabeth Pridgen, piano • Helen Hwaya Kim, violin • Ted Gurch, clarinet
With Special Guest: Robert Spano, piano


The first half of this concert event will freature Robert Spano on piano, performing an original composition!

Afterwards, ACP will proudly present the climax of the 2015 National Rapido! 14-Day Composition Contest!! The winning composers from each of the five October/November regional competitions - in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, and San Francisco – will journey to Atlanta for this exciting national finale! Each regional winning composition will be performed and the distinguished judges, headed by ASO Music Director Robert Spano, will choose one winner to receive the National First Prize Commission. During the 2016-2017 season, this commissioned work will receive premiere performances in Atlanta (Atlanta Chamber Players), Boston (Boston Musica Viva), Dallas (Voices of Change), Detroit (Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings), and San Francisco (Left Coast Ensemble) by the partnering Rapido! ensembles. The Audience Favorite Prize, chosen through national voting on YouTube, will also be awarded.



3/6/16
Chamber Music in Sacred Spaces

Sunday, March 6, 2016
3:00 pm

Ahavath Achim Synagogue
600 Peachtree Battle Avenue NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
Venue Website: aasynagogue.org

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$20 Adults, $15 Seniors, $10 Students

Convenient, free public parking

“ Chamber Music in Sacred Spaces” 

Bohuslav MARTINŮ

Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano, H. 300

Gideon KLEIN String Trio

 

David Coucheron, violin • Helen Hwaya Kim, violin • Catherine Lynn, viola
Brad Ritchie, cello • Todd Skitch, flute
Elizabeth Pridgen, piano

We are pleased to return to the Ahavath Achim Synagogue for a program that will make you think and bring you joy. The concert opens with Martinu's inventive Trio, written while he taught composition at Tanglewood in the 1940's, surrounded by idyllic Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Czech composer Gideon Klein wrote his Trio in the 1940's as well, but under vastly different circumstances. A Jewish composer, Klein was imprisoned at Theresienstadt concentration camp in Terezin. Less than two weeks after finishing his String Trio, he was deported to Auschwitz and died a few months later at the Fürstengrube camp in January of 1945.

Audience members at this concert are encouraged to stay afterwards for a lovely post-concert reception from our friends at the synagogue. All are welcome!


5/10/15
Season Finale: A Premiere and Pierrot!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
7:30 pm

SCADshow Blackbox Theatre
173 14th Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
Venue Website: scadshow.com

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“CLOSING CONCERT OF 40th ANNIVERSARY SEASON”

TBD TBD Art Song with Lucy Shelton
Richard PRIOR World Premiere, commissioned by the ACP
Arnold SCHOENBERG Pierrot Lunaire, for soprano, piano, violin/viola, cello, clarinet, flute

Elizabeth Pridgen, piano • Laura Ardan, clarinet • David Coucheron, violin
Helen Hwaya Kim, violin • Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, oboe • Alcides Rodriguez, clarinet
Brad Ritchie, cello • Todd Skitch, flute
With Special Guest: Lucy Shelton, soprano

The ACP will close their 40th Anniversary Season with an exciting program featuring acclaimed soprano Lucy Shelton. In addition to a world premiere of an ACP commission by Richard Prior, Shelton and ACP musicians (including ASO concertmaster David Coucheron, ASP principal clarinet Laura Ardan, and ACP Artistic Director Elizabeth Pridgen) will dazzle audiences with a performance of Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. Premiered in 1912, Pierrot still sounds new and adventurous to this very day! Shelton is world-famous for her interpretation of this work, and the ACP is proud to present her first performance of it in the Atlante area. The work is set to 21 short poems, which are German translations of works by Belgian poet Albert Giraud. The piece became so important to contemporary music, that the unusual instrumentation Schoenberg employed came to be known as a "Pierrot Ensemble," many of which still exist today, typically as new music-focused ensembles.



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The Soirée Series

SoireeThe Atlanta Chamber Players perform six subscription Intown Soirée events and four subscription Soirée North events per year in homes and intimate settings in the Atlanta metro area. This informal series complements the group’s formal public artistic concerts. The soirées are typically fully subscribed with a waiting list and are limited to approximately 70 attendees at each, depending on the size and available performance space of the home.

A growing list of loyal and passionate supporters eagerly await the chance to hear beautiful music performed expertly by leading musicians of the Atlanta Symphony, see incredible local homes, learn about chamber music, instruments, and composers and meet other chamber music enthusiasts. Our soirée audience and ACP musicians alike count these experiences among their favorite musical outlets. Contact us for information on how to become a soirée subscriber or for information on hosting one of our soirée evenings.