Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra perform two concerts

The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra will return for two concerts on Sunday, Nov. 8, at St. Barnabas Church, and Monday, Nov. 9, at the Bruce Museum.

The concert is titled “Anniversaries”, celebrating various milestones in the lives of Mozart, Sibelius, Dvo_ák and Cowell. The Chamber Players will perform string quintets and quartets by each of these composers, one of them being Dvo_ák’s beloved “American” String Quintet. No 3 in E-flat major, Op. 97

Violist Vincent Lionti will be the guest artist for these concerts. Mr. Lionti is always welcomed back when he joins the Chamber Players. He was the original Chamber Players violist while he was still in high school in Port Chester New York. Today he is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he has held since 1987. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the Julliard School where he was Principal violist of each of the school’s three orchestras. At one time he was a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and he has served as Guest Principal violist for the Indianapolis, New Jersey and American Orchestras as well as the Santa Fé Opera. He has appeared in many summer festivals .Close to home, Mr. Lionti is the conductor of The Westchester County Youth Orchestra.

Henry Cowell (1897-1965) will probably be the least familiar composer on the program. He was a Californian. He titled his 1936 String Quartet No.4

“United” because it drew upon elements from radically different cultures. Cowell explained, “Its simplicity is drawn from the whole world, instead of from the European tradition or any single tradition”. He hoped his music would appeal to listeners from many different backgrounds.

Sunday concert is at 4 p.m., at St. Barnabas Church, 954 Lake Avenue, Greenwich. Monday concert will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Bruce Museum as usual. Meet the musicians at the wine and cheese receptions at either concert.

Tickets are $30, students $5, at the door, preferably by cash or check or by reservation at greenwichsym.org/chamberplayers., or by calling 203-637-4725.

The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony: starting lower left, reading clockwise are Krystof Witek, violin; David Creswell, viola; Susan Rotholz, flute; Diane Lesser, oboe; Mark Davies, bassoon; Peter Reit, horn;Emil Botti, bass; Philip Bashor, clarinet, Daniel Miller, cello. Missing from photo is Susan Hytken-Metcalf, violin; Andrew Gordon, piano/

The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony: starting lower left, reading clockwise are Krystof Witek, violin; David Creswell, viola; Susan Rotholz, flute; Diane Lesser, oboe; Mark Davies, bassoon; Peter Reit, horn;Emil Botti, bass; Philip Bashor, clarinet, Daniel Miller, cello. Missing from photo is Susan Hytken-Metcalf, violin; Andrew Gordon, piano/

Violist Vincent Lionti

Violist Vincent Lionti

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