The Paramount Chamber Players

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Oh, the quality of the Paramount Players is absolutely unbelievable

Bristol Herald Courier, April 26, 2012


The reception was a sparkling event to celebrate a most outstanding concert season for TPCP performances this year.

VIPSEEN Magazine, June 2013 edition


The Paramount Chamber Players have enriched the musical life in our area in ways too numerous to mention.

Laura Ann Warner, President of The Bristol Music Club


Four words say it all. . . You feed my soul.

Beth McCoy, Director Emerita of the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy



Tri-Cities’ premiere chamber music ensemble dedicated to promoting artistic excellence, providing performance opportunity for local chamber artists in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, sharing chamber music with local audiences, and ensuring that chamber music is a vital part of life in our communities.


Tenth Anniversary

2014-15 Concert Season


Tenth Anniversary: An American Celebration

Fri. October 24th      7:30pm First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN
Sat. October 25th     7:30pm The Paramount Center For Arts, Bristol, TN
Sun. October 26th     3:00pm Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, Abingdon, VA
    The Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series


  • Second Sight by Ann Holler, Kenton Coe and Evelyn Pursley-Kopitzke with poetry by Dr. Sam Miller

  • Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin

  • American Musical Theatre Medley


TPCP will celebrate its first ten years with the commission of Second Sight, a new work based on the poetry of the late Dr. Sam Miller of Abingdon, VA set to music by three area composers: Ann Holler of Bristol, Evelyn Pursley-Kopitzke of Blountville and Kenton Coe of Johnson City. In the second half of our American celebration, we will present some of the most popular American music written and especially arranged for the ensemble: The Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin and an American Musical Theater Medley sung by Mark Owen Davis.  It will be a grand and joyful musical celebration. Appearing in this performance will be all eleven past and present Players plus guest artist Rachel Barker, soprano from Bristol


Age of Elegance and Sensibility

Fri. February 20th     7:30pm First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN
Sat.  February 21st   7:30pm The Paramount Center For The Arts, Bristol, TN
Sun. February 22nd   3:00pm Sinking Spring Presbyterian, Abingdon, VA
  The Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert


  • Clarinet Quartet in E flat, op. 2 No.1 by Bernhard Henrik Crusell

  • Songs of Cello and Piano by Gabriel Faure

  • Piano Quartet in A major, op. 26 by Johannes Brahms


Every musical age has a cultural milieu that focuses the composers of that generation. In this concert, TPCP celebrates an age of elegance and sensibility, a time frame roughly spanning 1750-1850, when composers were interested in conveying emotional range in a graceful and sophisticated manner.  We present three great works to illustrate this sentiment: a rarely heard classical clarinet quartet by Bernhard Crusell, three Faure songs set by the composer for cello and piano and one of the most beautiful and lyrical pieces for piano and strings, the Piano Quartet in A Major op. 26 by Johannes Brahms. Appearing in this program: Craig W. Combs, piano; Eugene Jones, clarinet; Luis Casal, viola, Cherylonda Fitzgerald, cello; and guest artist Tessa Lark, violin.



Spirituality and Idealism

Fri. April 24th     7:30pm First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN
Sat. April 25th    7:30pm The Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN
Sun. April 26th    3:00pm Sinking Spring Presbyterian, Abingdon, VA
    The Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series


    Overture Suite in D Major, TWV 55:D6 for Cello Solo, Strings and Basso Continuo by

       George Philipp Telemann

    Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano in G minor, op. 63 by Carla Maria Von Weber

    TBA Work featuring 2014 Paramount Chamber Players Award Winner pianist, Michelle


In his seminal work, Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: The currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God. Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.  And in that same spirit, TPCP presents music that imagines the beauty and majesty of nature juxtaposed with music that evokes the “colors of the spirit”. Works to include both Telemann’s Overture Suite in D Major for Cello solo, Strings and Basso Continuo and Weber’s Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano in G minor, op. 63. In addition, we will feature our 2014 Paramount Chamber Players award winner, pianist Michelle Schodowski. Also appearing in this performance: George Figueroa, Kimberly Ray, Alice Keith Knowles, violin; Luis Casal, Benjamin Dawson, viola; Cherylonda Fitzgerald, Bethany Dawson, cello; Vicki Fey, harpsichord; Rebecca Paluzzi, flute; and Craig W. Combs, piano.




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  Luis Casal
  Craig Combs
  Mark Davis
  Vicki Fey
  George Figueroa
  Cherylonda Fitzgerald
  Eugene Jones
  Alice Kieth Knowles
  Rebecca Paluzzi
  Kimberley Ray





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