Concerts and Tickets
The Atlanta Chamber Players Proudly
Announce Our 38th Season:
10/16/13
Chamber Music at the Tavern — “ PRIZE WINNERS ”

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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: www.shakespearetavern.com and 404-874-5299
Tickets $24-$15
$5 Full-time Student Rush tickets available 15 minutes before concert, space permitting

“ PRIZE WINNERS ”

Maurice DURUFLE Prelude, recitatif et variations, Opus 3
(flute, viola, piano)
Charles ZOLL Bailes encima del escritorio (oboe, violin, cello, piano)
(2013) WORLD PREMIERE by First Prize Winner, Rapido! Take Three!! Composition Contest
Johannes BRAHMS Quintet for Clarinet & Strings in B Minor, Opus 115 

 

Alcides Rodriguez, clarinet • Todd Skitch, flute • Elizabeth Tiscione, oboe
Helen Hwaya Kim, violin • Kenn Wagner, violin • Catherine Lynn, viola • Brad Ritchie, cello
Tim Whitehead, guest piano

We are eager to present the first of two concerts this season at the acoustically superb New American Shakespeare Tavern, popular for its casual and intimate ambience. Charles Zoll, 22 year- old National Winner of the 2013 Rapido! Take Three!! Composition Contest, takes the spotlight with the World Premiere performance of “Bailes encima del escritorio,” a quartet for oboe/violin/ cello/piano. Zoll was awarded the Rapido First Prize in January 2013 by judges Robert Spano, Jennifer Higdon and Michael Gandolfi to compose this new chamber work for performances in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco – in addition to a new symphonic work to be premiered by the Atlanta Symphony in May 2014.

The program opens with the sensual trio for flute/viola/piano by Frenchman Maurice Duruflé, who took first prizes at the Conservatoire de Paris in organ, harmony, and composition. Duruflé’s “Prelude, recitatif et variations” will mark the Atlanta chamber music debut of Todd Skitch, new flutist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO).

Johannes Brahms was drawn out of retirement and back to his composing desk after hearing the inspired artistry of clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld. The resulting Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B Minor is considered a pinnacle among works for the clarinet and is one of the most cherished of all chamber works. ASO clarinetist Alcides Rodriguez is featured in this performance.

Our audience is invited to enjoy – beginning at 6:15 pm - the British pub menu and libation at the Shakespeare Tavern. Or just come for the 7:30 pm concert downbeat. (Dinner and drinks are not included in the concert ticket price.)

11/24/13
Chamber Music in Sacred Spaces — “ CITIES & COUNTRYSIDES ”

Sunday, November 24, 2013
3:00 pm

Ahavath Achim Synagogue
600 Peachtree Battle Avenue NW, Atlanta
www.aasynagogue.org

Advance tickets: www.atlantachamberplayers.tix.com
$20 Adults, $15 Seniors, $5 Students

Convenient, free public parking

“  CITIES & COUNTRYSIDES  ”  

Aaron COPLAND

Quiet City  (English horn, trumpet, piano)

Franz SCHUBERT

Shepherd on the Rock, D. 965  (soprano, clarinet, piano)

Antonin DVORAK Piano Quartet in Eb Major, Opus 87

 

Ann Marie McPhail, soprano • Laura Ardan, clarinet
Elizabeth Tiscione, English horn • Mike Tiscione, trumpet
Helen Hwaya Kim, violin • Catherine Lynn, viola • Brad Ritchie, cello
Elizabeth Pridgen, guest piano • Paula Peace, piano

Opening the concert in the beautiful Ellman Chapel at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue, ASO oboist Elizabeth Koch Tiscione performs on English horn with her husband Mike Tiscione, ASO trumpeter, in Aaron Copland’s haunting and evocative 1941 homage to wakeful nights in a great city metropolis. Franz Schubert’s beloved “Shepherd on the Rock” is the composer’s final song and a most unusual one. The multi-sectional work features a wide range of feelings for soprano and adds to the piano accompaniment an elaborate obbligato clarinet part evoking mountains and valleys. The mood of joyful optimism prevails in Schubert’s stunning ending, with its pastoral exuberance and promise of spring’s return. Anchoring the program is Bohemian Antonin Dvorak’s Eb Piano Quartet, beloved for its great warmth of melodies and folk like tunes of the countryside, combined with a symphonic, grand sweep of an ending.


3/2/14
ACP at Spivey Hall — “ QUARTET TRIPTYCH ”

Sunday, March 2, 2014
3:00 pm

Spivey Hall
Clayton State University, Morrow

Tickets $30: www.spiveyhall.org
Box Office 678-466-4200
Students Half Price with ID

Convenient public parking

“ QUARTET TRIPTYCH  ”

Bohuslav MARTINU

Piano Quartet No. 1

Piotr SZEWCZYK

“Bliss Point” WORLD PREMIERE (clarinet, violin, cello, piano)

Johannes BRAHMS Piano Quartet in C Minor, Opus 60
 

Helen Kim, violin • Catherine Lynn, viola
Brad Ritchie, cello • Alcides Rodriguez, clarinet
Elizabeth Pridgen, guest piano • Tim Whitehead, guest piano

For our annual concert at the renowned Spivey Hall, we will spotlight quartets from three nationalities and three centuries. ACP is excited to commission Polish composer/violinist Piotr Szewczyk to write a quartet for our group. Szewczyk’s music is familiar to Atlanta audiences and highly regarded by followers of the Rapido Composition Contest, as his entry was twice selected in anonymous judging as Southeast Finalist. His 2013 world premiere includes clarinet in the quartet and addresses the perfect combinations of a particular musical taste or flavor that a person experiences as a “bliss point.” Bohemian composer Bohuslav Martinu’s first piano quartet dates from 1942 and features his characteristic directness, rhythmic athleticism. Closing the program is the German master Johannes Brahms’ C minor piano quartet, which was premiered in 1875 but upon which Brahms labored for some 20 years. This romantic masterpiece combines the stormy drama of youth with the technical prowess of a mature composer. In addition to featuring some of Brahms’ most personal and powerful music, this work has been a favorite of ACP musicians through the decades.

5/13/14
Chamber Music at the Tavern — “ BACK TO THE BAROQUE ”

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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: www.shakespearetavern.com and 404-874-5299
Tickets $24-$15
$5 Full-time Student Rush tickets available 15 minutes before concert, space permitting

 

“ BACK TO THE BAROQUE ”

Johann Joachim QUANTZ Trio Sonata in D Major
John HARBISON

“Crossroads”  SOUTHEASTERN PREMIERE
ACP Co-Commission (2013)    (soprano, oboe, strings)

Johann Sebastian BACH “Coffee” Cantata, BWV 211 (soprano, tenor, bass/ strings, harpsichord) 


Arietha Lockhart, soprano •  Beverly Blouin, soprano • Richard Clement, tenor • William Killmeier, bass
Todd Skitch, flute • Elizabeth Tiscione, oboe • Helen Hwaya Kim, violin
Kenn Wagner, violin • Catherine Lynn, viola • Brad Ritchie, cello
Gloria G. Jones, bass • Paula Peace, harpsichord

We conclude our season at the popular setting of the New American Shakespeare Tavern with a celebration of Baroque music and a major premiere by one of America’s most distinguished composers. Acclaimed Atlanta sopranos Arietha Lockhart and Beverly Blouin join tenor Rick Clement and bass William Killmeier to present the charming “Coffee” Cantata by J.S. Bach. The secular cantata is actually a miniature comic opera and has delighted audiences since its premiere in the 1730’s.

ACP is thrilled to present the Southeastern Premiere of the newest chamber work by American John Harbison. “Crossroads” pairs two Pulitzer Prize winners - composer Harbison and poet Louise Glück - in musical settings of three of Glück’s poems - for soprano and oboe plus string quintet. Opening the program is the lyrical and buoyant D Major Trio Sonata of Johann Quantz, composer at court of Frederick the Great. This performance features new ASO flutist Todd Skitch and ASO oboist Elizabeth Koch Tiscione in expressive Baroque writing for winds and continuo.

Our audience is invited to enjoy – beginning at 6:15 pm - the British pub menu and libation at the Shakespeare Tavern. Or just come for the 7:30 pm concert downbeat.
(Dinner and drinks are not included in the concert ticket price.)

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The Soirée Series

SoireeThe Atlanta Chamber Players perform six subscription soirée concerts 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 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.