Prescott Chamber Players concert promises some obscure music
It's the New Year and maybe a New Year's resolution was to expand your cultural tastes and listen to some different music. Or maybe not. No matter, though, as there's a chance to hear some music that's not usually presented with the Prescott Chamber Players Winter Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave. Admission is free although donations are appreciated.
There isn't a specific theme for the concert, said Gay Renault, Prescott Chamber Players Society president. Rather, the musicians meet monthly, are presented with five to six pieces and after three months, pick out what they believe are suitable pieces for a concert, she said. Music that's performed can be anything written from the 1600s to the present day, though it tends to be more obscure music that's normally not performed at concerts, much of which is from relatively unknown composers.
"It's totally unexpected every time and the instrumentation varies," she said, noting that the instrumentation can be a combination of anything from string trios to woodwind quartets and more. "It's very unpredictable."
This concert will offer Shostakovich's "Five Pieces for Violin, Clarinet and Piano," featuring Dianne Holmgren, Tom Frumkes, and Jacque Stewart; Trevor Wilson's "Three Fantasy Dances," featuring Beverly Chesterby and Ginger Scudder; Holocombe's "Autumn Afternoon;" Dobrinsecu's "Lecko-Neranemo;" Tagle's "Zoraza," featuring Suzanne Fisher, Frumkes, John Bresnahan and Gary Flowers; Mendelssohn's "Konzertstuck No. 1 Op. 113," featuring Fisher, Flowers and Sarah Moglewer; Hugo von Bressel's "Erin's Turn," featuring Sherrina Grajeda, Erin Sobo and Bresnahan; Adolf Busch's "Deutsche Tanze, Ruhiges Walzertempo," featuring Diane Jackson, Fisher and Scudder; Jacques Ibert's "Jeux," featuring Chesterby; and Stewart and Bill Douglass' "Celtic Spirit," featuring Chesterby, Rob Ratner, Bresnahan, Renault and Grajeda.
Music performed by the chamber players contrasts with other performances by groups such as the Prescott POPS and the chamber orchestra, even though many players perform in those other groups as well, Renault said. It's a different variety.
"It tends to be more classical, but not a big orchestra type thing. It can be all over the place," Renault said, stating that the music can range from classical to tango, harp or guitar. "We're only limited by our imagination."
A time to speak with performers is available following the concert and refreshments will be provided.
By Jason Wheeler. Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2037, or at 928-642-5277.