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The Bard College Music Program Presents the Da Capo Chamber Players in “Celebrate Bard!”

Eleanor Davis

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— The Da Capo Chamber Players will perform a chamber music concert entitled “Celebrate Bard!” on Wednesday, February 22, at 8 p.m., in Bard Hall. Admission is free and open to the public and no reservations are necessary. There will be a reception following the concert. For more information call 845-758-7250, or send an e-mail to

The program features chamber music compositions by Bard faculty, alumni, and students, including, Hovenweep, Kyle Gann; Anthelion and Mvt II: Resonance, Adrienne Elisha; And . . . They’re Off! and A Little Gift, Joan Tower; Negra Nochezzolla, José Agustín Sánchez; solo cello piece, Lukas Olejnik; and Precious Maps, Gabrielle Herbst.

The Da Capo Chamber players are Patricia Spencer, flute; Meighan Stoops, clarinet; Curtis Macomber, violin; James Wilson, cello; Blair McMillen, piano; and guest artists Matthew Gold, percussion and Gabrielle Herbst, soprano. 

About the Da Capo Chamber Players

Now in its 41st season, the Naumburg Award-winning, internationally acclaimed Da Capo Chamber Players has built a reputation on working closely with composers, representing an enormous spectrum of compositional styles. Da Capo's five distinguished artists bring years of creative insight, involvement and artistic leadership to performances of today's repertoire, including well over 100 works written especially for the group.

Lots of excitement lies ahead: the Naumburg Foundation has announced two winners of its first ever composition competition – Hannah Lash and Daniel Visconti – and has invited Da Capo and Lucy Shelton to premiere their commissioned works in May 2012. A special triumph last season: National Public Radio named Da Capo’s CD, Chamber Music of Chinary Ung on Bridge Records, as one of the 5 Best Contemporary Classical CDs of the year 2010.

From Da Capo's beginning, with founding member and pianist Joan Tower, interaction with composers has been part of its identity. The group searches for the best new compositions and gives them a unique and dedicated attention, resulting in acclaimed performances consistent with the highest musical standards found in performances of traditional repertoire. In January 2009, the group celebrated the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter with a performance of his Tempo e tempi, and on the same concert, a 100th birthday salute to Olivier Messiaen with his Quatuor pour la fin du temps. The 2012-13 season will feature the New York premiere of Shirish Korde's chamber opera, Bandit Queen, written jointly for Da Capo and Boston’s Musica Viva.

Da Capo is thrilled to announce our new cellist, James Wilson. A former member of the Shanghai Quartet, he brings a very exciting virtuosity and new perspective to the group. André Emelianoff, our cellist from 1976 until 2011 (!) has left the group to pursue new career directions. His musical insights and energy will remain a shaping force for us.

The Da Capo Chamber Players has twice been featured at Moscow Autumn and St. Petersburg Sound Ways festivals, combining American works with seven by Russian composers (six written for Da Capo) as well as Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire. For more than two decades, the group has been in residence at Bard College, and since 2006 has been Ensemble in Residence with the composition program of the Bard College Conservatory of Music.


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This event was last updated on 02-14-2012