The Paramount Chamber Players

Chamber Music for the Mountain Empire



 REVIEWS

An evening I will never forget. One of the most talented chamber orchestras and vocal ensembles in the country. . . The Paramount Chamber Players. - J. Buck Ford, February 13, 2016

10th Anniversary programs were great! I am looking forward to 10 more years! - Pat Sheets, Johnson City Dynamic Contributor, May 31, 2015

 

Thank you for another magnificent concert in Abingdon today! - Julie Powell, Abingdon Dynamic Contributor, May 2, 2015

 

Exquisite sounds from the mountains flow like warm arms outreached. So brands the music of (the) Paramount Chamber Players. - Bristol Herald Courier, October 23, 2014

Oh, the quality of the Paramount Players is absolutely unbelievable - Bristol Herald Courier, April 26, 2012

 

Why all the fuss? Talent in abundance, thatís why.  - Bristol Herald Courier, April 14, 2011

 

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 MECCA

 

 

2016-17 Concert Season

 

Four Seasons

            Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall. Which do you like best of all?

                                                                                           - Helen H. Moore

There is no doubt that Vivaldiís Four Seasons is one of the most beloved and played works in all of music history largely as a result of the joy that permeates its every musical moment. To balance this 18th century warhorse, we will present the 20th century work sharing the same name, Piazzollaís Cuatro Estaciones PorteŮas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires). The Paramount Chamber Players welcomes the young artists of Colpi díarco to the stage to share this exciting event.

 

Repertoire:

Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi

Cuatro Estaciones PorteŮas by Astor Piazzolla

 

September 29 - October 2, 2016

Thu. Sept 29 7:30pm Holy Trinity Lutherian Church, Kingsport, TN
Fri. Sept 30 7:30pm Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN
Sat. Oct. 1 7:30pm Mathes Hall, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Sun. Oct. 2 3:00pm Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, Abingdon, VA

 


                                           

A Poets Perspective

To send light into the darkness of menís hearts - such is the duty of an artist

                                                                                     - Robert Schumann

 

Donít miss this rare opportunity to hear the inimitable song cycle, Dichterliebe (Poetís Love), in its original twenty song version. Schumann shines the light into the darkness of menís hearts exposing at once the youthful exuberance of attraction and its ultimate disappointment. The counter balance to Dichterliebe is Kinderszenen (Childrenís Scenes) also by Schumann, thirteen short solo piano works that illustrate the life of a child from playtime to sleep to storytelling. Also on offer is Mahlerís Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), a more lush and romanticized reflection on the revelations of love unrequited.   Presented by baritone Mark Owen Davis, and pianist Craig W. Combs. 

 

Repertoire:

Dichterleibe by Robert Schumann

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Gustav Mahler

Kinderszenen op. 15 by Robert Schumann

 

 

Sat. Oct 8 7:30pm First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN

 


 

Winter Winds

            But weíll be safe from winterís blow, croodled in our corner, warm, at ease.

                                                                                     - Sam Miller

 

Let the warm sounds of the horn, oboe, flute and bassoon croodle your soul in the corner of your mind. This winter, the Paramount Chamber Players present for the first time a concert without strings, an experiment of sound and color, temperament and tempest. The piano remains as a consistent texture while the violin is replaced by the flute or oboe; the viola by the clarinet; and, the cello by the bassoon. The center piece of this concert is a piano quintet by the Russian composer, Rimsky-Korsakov. TPCP artists, Rebecca Paluzzi and Craig Combs are joined by guest artists, Larry Mueller, oboe; Vic Chavez, clarinet; Jeffrey Whaley, horn; and, Rosalind Buda, bassoon.

 

Repertoire:

Sonatine op. 85 for piano, flute, and clarinet by Florence Schmitt

Suite díapre Corrette for oboe, clarinet, bassoon by Darius Milhaud

Trio op. 188 for horn, oboe, and piano by Carl Reinecke

Quintet for piano, flute, clarinet, horn and bassoon by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

 

January 26-29, 2017

Thu. Jan 26 7:30pm Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Kingsport TN
Fri. Jan 27 7:30pm Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN
Sat. Jan 28 7:30pm Mathes Hall, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Sun. Jan 29 3:00pm Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, Abingdon, VA

 


Singing in the Spring

            Iím singing in the rain. Iím singing in the rain. What a glorious feeling, Iím happy again.

                                                                                                 - Arthur Freed

 

What better way to celebrating the art of singing and instrumental melody than with the voices of young people? Local composer, Beth McCoy has written a new work, Five Celtic Songs, especially for The Paramount Chamber Players and the Mountain Empire Childrenís Choral Academy. Following this premier, we showcase tenor Thomas OíNeill, the 2016 Paramount Chamber Players Award winner. In addition, the ensemble will reprise Ann Hollerís Souvenirs of Faith, an instrumental song fest of gospel songs. We top off the concert by getting our instruments singing the tunes of the great melodist, Johannes Brahms in his Piano Quartet in G minor.  Truly singing in the Spring!

 

Repertoire:

Five Celtic Songs by Beth McCoy

Souvenirs of Faith by Anne Holler

Piano Quartet in G Minor by Johannes Brahms

 

April 6-9, 2017

Thu. April 6 7:30pm First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN
Fri.  April 7 7:30pm Mathes Hall, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Sat. April 8 7:30pm Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN
Sun. April 9 3:00pm Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, Abingdon, VA
 

 

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