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1:55 PM Sun, Jan. 20th

Chamber Players give winter concert

This is the 22nd year for the Prescott Chamber Players Society which will be giving its winter concert this weekend.

The organization does two public concerts per year, one in the winter and another in the spring, said Prescott Chamber Players Society President Scott Smith. It pretty much consists of classical pieces but sometimes the program does get a little varied.

For the Sunday, Jan. 6, concert, the program includes J.S. Bach’s “Sonata in e minor,” “Norbert Burgmuller’s “Duo for Clarinet and Piano, op. 15,” Franz Dani’s “Quartet II,” Shao Suan Low’s “Sweet Dreams,” and “Dancing by the Stream,” Johannes Brahms’ “Trio a minor, op 114,” W.A. Mozart’s “Sonata for Bassoon and Cello,” Donald Francis Tovey’s “Sonata for Clarinet and Piano,” Ignaz Lachner’s “Trio C Major, op. 103” and Gaetano Donizetti’s “Sonata for Flute and Piano.”

When it comes to choosing what songs to put in the concert’s program, the group picks from what they’ve played together, Smith said. Historically, chamber music comes from when composers and musicians get together in one another’s homes and play, he said.

“We have a committee that decides which are the best of those performances that we do for one another,” Smith said. “Those are the ones that get picked for the public concert.”

Chamber music tends to be performed by smaller groups of people such as duets, trios or quartets, he said. For him, it’s more approachable because it’s more intimate than it is with a larger ensemble.

The concert begins at 2 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave. It’s a great place to perform because it’s warm with fantastic acoustics, Smith said.

The concert provides an outlet for the musicians to perform as well as provide some high quality music provide high-quality music to the community by composers that some people may have never heard before, he said.

“Musicians always love to perform. It kind of energizes you,” Smith said. “It’s a chance to … provide the community with some really fantastic music.”

For more information about the free concert, call Smith at 214-392-8344 or visit www.prescottchamberplayers.com.