The Da Capo Chamber Players Present "Celebrate Bard!"
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Da Capo Chamber Players present a program of chamber works in their annual “Celebrate Bard!” concert, on Monday, March 11, at 8 p.m. at the new László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building, located on Blithewood Avenue on the Bard College campus. The performance is free and open to the public and no reservations are necessary. For further information about the program, call 845-758-7250.
“Da Capo’s annual ‘Celebrate Bard’ concert features faculty composers, other composers from the area, Bard alumni, and current students. It is thus a celebration of the creativity, imagination, continuing influence and vitality of the Bard Music Program,” says flutist and Da Capo member Patricia Spencer. The program exemplifies this with works by Bard professors Joan Tower, Petroushskates; Thurman Barker, Manhattan Junction; and George Tsontakis, Imagine. The program also features Feral Spirits by Bard student Antonin Fajt, Nkeiru Okoye’s African Sketches, and works by Bard alums, Shen Yiwen, “Das Trinklied inter dem Mond,” and the world premiere of Daniel Sonenberg’s Delve. Guest artists for this performance include Thurman Barker and Matt Norman, percussion; David Bloom, conductor; and Daniel Vernam, double bass.
Da Capo is widely acclaimed for its virtuosity, stimulating programs, and openness to a wide spectrum of styles in new music. Its dedication to working with composers is matched by a commitment to rehearsing each piece as a living, moving, breathing entity, rather than as a fixed blueprint. “The Da Capo Chamber Players have been exploring and helping [to] create the modern repertory for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano for the last 30 years,” writes Allan Kozinn in the New York Times. Winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1973, Da Capo has been a leader in building a strong heritage of present-day American chamber music and can point with pride to more than 90 chamber music works written especially for the ensemble by Joan Tower, Philip Glass, Harvey Sollberger, and Philippe Bodin, among many others. The Da Capo Chamber Players are flutist Patricia Spencer, clarinetist Meighan Stoops, violinist Curtis Macomber, cellist James Wilson, and pianist Blair McMillen.
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