Allegheny Chamber Players

Chamber Players StaircaseAllegheny Chamber Players Return To Downtown Morgantown

 

Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) is pleased to welcome the return of the Allegheny Chamber Players (ACP) to the Tanner Theatre on June 11 at 4 pm. Ten members of the ACP, including accomplished professionals and dedicated amateurs, will participate.  The Allegheny Chamber Players previous two performances were among MAC’s largest crowds. Its director is Christopher Wilkinson, Professor Emeritus of Music History, School of Music, at West Virginia University.

 

Wilkinson and ACP approach music in a way that is exploratory and enjoyable for its members, most of which have careers teaching music. Often performing unfamiliar pieces, they use it as an opportunity for self-discovery and creative expression, democratically electing the pieces they perform.

 

“These programs are created collaboratively,” notes Wilkinson. “I ask my colleagues which pieces they would like to perform, I suggest a few pieces, and we make sure we all agree. All the members are volunteers, all passionate about music, and I want them to enjoy playing together.”

The ACP has been enlarged by the addition of four new musicians who are joining six current members of the ACP in the performance of music by six composers from Europe and the United States.

 

Entitled “Music by Three French Men, Two Americans, and an Austrian,” the program includes music by French composers Claude Debussy, Jacques Ibert, and Charles Koechlin.  John Beall and Nicole Chamberlain are the Americans represented.  Beall’s captivating work for violin, clarinet, cello, and piano: “On Chestnut Ridge” from 1982 will introduce the second half of the concert.  Chamberlain’s work for solo flute, “Asphyxia” (2010), is a virtuosic and, at times, funny commentary on the challenges facing a novice flute player learning how to breath at just the right time within the performance of a piece. The Austrian is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  His pioneering quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon, K. 452 from 1784 completes the program.

 

“As Joseph Wechsberg, a contributor to The New Yorker, observed years ago, chamber music ‘is based on give-and-take; it is civilized and egalitarian, it is a garden of musical fellowship’,” said Christopher Wilkinson, director of the ensemble.  “Following our concert on February 19, 2017, I was pleased to learn that four musicians from the community, all professionally educated, wished to join this particular garden of musical fellowship: the ACP, to perform chamber music. They are Samantha Bell (horn), Sara Kent (oboe), Stephanie Pratt (violin), and Jean Preckel (bassoon).  They will be making their debuts at this concert and are most welcome.”

 

These musicians join current ACP members Carol Beall (piano), Sara Beattie (cello), Matthew V. Held (bassoon), John Morrison (piano), Alyssa Schwartz (flute), and Christopher Wilkinson (clarinet).

 

Admission to the concert is $10 at the MAC Lobby Desk or online at monartscenter.com/shop. MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquiries should be directed to info@monartscenter.com or 304-292-3325. For more information about the Allegheny Chamber Players, contact Christopher Wilkinson at Chris.Wilkinson@mail.wvu.edu.

 

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