Chamber Players season opens Oct. 7

The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony are ready for a 2012-13 season that will feature four distinguished guest artists and a composition by Greenwich Symphony Conductor David Gilbert.

This is the forty-first season of The Chamber Players and it will begin with Oct. 7-8 opening concerts titled French Masters. John Baptiste Loeillet’s Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in B minor will the way.

“This early eighteenth century work is rarely performed, yet it is a gem,” said cellist Danny Miller, who, together with violinist Krystof Witek, plans the Chamber Players’ season.

The Piano Quartet in B-flat major by Camille Saint-Saëns is scheduled as well. Maurice Ravel studied with Fauré whose Romance for Violin and Orchestra in B-flat, major is also programmed for the October concerts.

The concerts on Nov. 4-5 are Basically Baroque which is music written by 10 different composers from seven different countries. Describing Baroque music, Mr. Witek explained that it was unthinkable to write any Baroque chamber piece without the continuo, played by the harpsichord.

“The invention of the piano pretty much wiped out the harpsichord for a long time, but twentieth century composers Bohuslav Martinu and Walter Piston brought it back in works that truly show off the instrument. Paolo Bordignon, harpsichordist of the New York Philharmonic will indeed do just that,” said Mr. Witek. “We are delighted that Mr. Bordignon will be playing with us in this unusual program that spans four centuries.”

Mr. Bordignon has received critical acclaim for performances throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He was a featured soloist at the inauguration of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and has performed with the American Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival, the Orpheus Chamber and English Chamber Orchestras.

March 3-4, 2013 will bring String Fest with works by Boccherini and Mendelssohn — string quintets by each — and Tchaikovsky’s String Sextet in D minor, Souvenir de Florence.

“Our strings have not had an entire concert to themselves for a very long time,” said Mr. Miller, “We are thrilled to have two fine musicians, cellist Caroline Stinson, and violist Vincent Lionti joining us for these concerts.”

Ms. Stinson has played in Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Museum of Modern Art and at The Gardner and Smithsonian Museums. She has performed dozens of premieres world-wide, as well. She is a member of the Lark Quartet, and her debut CD, Lines, has just been issued. She has been on the cello and chamber music faculty of the Stetnor School of Music at Syracuse University since 2004.

Mr. Lionti is familiar to Greenwich audiences, and is currently in his 26th year as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has been Guest Principal Viola for the Indianapolis, New Jersey and American Symphony Orchestras as well as for the Santa Fe Opera. He is the conductor of the Westchester County Youth Orchestra and of the New York University School of Music Orchestra.

The concerts Winds of Change — from Beethoven to Gilbert on April 7-8 will present Mythic Serenade for Flute, Clarinet and Piano, composed in 2010 by Mr. Gilbert.

His compositions for chamber ensemble include his Concerto for Trombone, Bass and Orchestra, Ballade Concertante for Tuba and Orchestra and Phoenix Madrigal for Flute and Strings.

Beethoven’s Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn in E-flat major will bring to the stage Chamber Players Andrew Gordon, Diane Lesser, Phillip Bashor, Mark Davies and Peter Reit, while Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Winds adds flutist Susan Rotholz. Danish composer Carl Nielson’s Wind Quintet, Opus 43 will round out this concert program.

Sunday afternoon concerts are at 4 p.m. at the Round Hill Community Church. Monday’s concerts are at 7:30 at the Bruce Museum.

Audiences are invited to the complimentary wine and cheese receptions at each concert.

Season tickets are $75 for adults, $15 for students. Individual tickets are $25. For information call 203-622-6611, 203-869-2664 or visit Greenwichsym.org/chamberplayers.

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