The Paramount Chamber Players

Chamber Music for the Mountain Empire

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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.

 

Getting Closer To The Music

2013-14 Concert Series

 

Short talks about the music from the performer’s experience will be given prior to each half

to give the listener a context.

 

Unknown Legends

Fri. October 25th Mathes Hall, ETSU, Johnson City, TN at 7:30pm
Sat. October 26th Paramount Center, Bristol, TN/VA at 7:30pm
Sun. October 27th Sinking Spring Presbyterian, Abingdon, VA at 3:00pm
  The Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert

 

  • Piano Trio op. 120 by Gabriel Faure

  • Piano Trio by Germaine Tailleferre

  • Piano Quintet op. 107 by Joachim Raff

 

Our unknown legends - Germaine Tailleferre and Joachim Raff - are two master composers nearly forgotten in the pantheon of classical music composers. Tailleferre is one of the 20th century’s most influential female composers. She was a member of Les Six, the musically influential French avant-garde group of the 1920s. German composer, Joachim Raff was well known and heralded as one of the great masters of his day but his music fell into obscurity.  The colourful and eccentric Gabriel Faure, who remains one of the most performed composers in history, balances the program. Appearing in this program: Craig W. Combs, piano; George Figueroa, violin; Kimberly Ray, violin; Luis Casal, viola; Cherylonda Fitzgerald, cello.

 

Song, Rhapsody & Drama

Fri. January 31st First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN at 7:30pm
Sat.  February 1st Paramount Center, Bristol, TN/VA at 7:30pm
Sun. February 2nd Sinking Spring Presbyterian, Abingdon, VA at 3:00pm
The Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert

 

  • Let Us Garlands Bring op. 18 by Gerald Finzi

  • Songs America Loves to Sing by John Harbison

  • Premier Rhapsodie by Claude Debussy

  • Quartet in G minor K478 by W.A. Mozart

 

Celebrating song with and without words is the core of the first half of Song, Rhapsody and Drama. The song, Let Us Garlands Bring, contains poetry of the great Shakespeare combined with the harmonies of contemporary England. Songs America Loves to Sing presents instrumental versions of tunes you are likely to have sung all your life (Amazing Grace, What a Friend and Happy Birthday etc.). The second half tips-the-hat to rhapsodic drama with two of music’s most well loved composers, Debussy and Mozart. Appearing in this program: Craig W. Combs, piano; Vicki Fey, piano; George Figueroa, violin; Kimberly Ray, violin; Luis Casal, viola; Cherylonda Fitzgerald, cello; Rebecca Paluzzi, flute; Eugene Jones, clarinet; Mark Own Davis, baritone.

 

A Ghost, a Trout and Tchaikovsky Variations

Fri. April 11th First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN at 7:30pm
Sat. April 12th Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN/VA at 7:30pm
Sun. April 13th Sinking Spring Presbyterian, Abingdon, VA at 3:00pm
  The Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert
 

 

    Ghost Piano Trio op. 70 No.1 by Ludwig Van Beethoven

    Trout Piano Quintet in A Major, D 667 by Franz Schubert

    Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky from Quartet in A Minor op. 35 by Anton Arensky

Ever wondered what a fish might sound like if it were a musical riff? How about a ghost? In the final program of our year, The Paramount Chamber Players presents two of the most imaginative and popular works in chamber music repertoire, Beethoven’s Ghost Trio and Schubert’s Trout Quintet.  To ease you into the fantastic voyage, we will present 2013 Paramount Chamber Players Award winner, Bethany Dawson performing in Arensky’s second movement of his Quartet in A minor for violin, viola and two cellos, based on a theme by Tchaikovsky. Also appearing in this concert Craig W. Combs, piano; George Figueroa, violin; Kimberly Ray, violin; Luis Casal, viola; Cherylonda Fitzgerald, cello; and guest artists, Sarah Kapps, cello; and Maria Brotherston, string bass.

 
 

 

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