New Hope’s popular and widely acclaimed Concordia Chamber Players will open its sixth season on October 21st at 3 PM at the New Hope-Solebury High School’s Stephen Buck Theater.
Thousands of music lovers from New Hope and many communities in the surrounding area have enjoyed the world class chamber music that Concordia has presented on Sunday afternoons since 1997. In its first year the group included violinist, David Kim who soon after became the Concert Master for the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra.
Michelle Djokic, the founding artistic director of the Concordia Chamber Players, is a long-time friend and colleague of many of today’s greatest chamber musicians. “New Hope audiences have been such a great draw for these magnificent performing artists”, noted Ms. Djokic. “They want to be part of all the wonderful things that are happening in New Hope.”
This year the Concordia Chamber Players will open its three-concert series with New Hope’s own Michelle Djokic in concert with Robert Rinehart, Violist for the New York Philharmonic, Carmit Zori, violinist who appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Calvin Wiersma, violinist of the Manhattan String Quartet, Marc Goldberg, associate principal bassoonist of the New York Philharmonic and Timothy Cobb, associate principal bassist of the Metropolitan Opera Company.
The concert will open with a sparkling 20th century French work, Divertissement, for bassoon and string quartet by Jean Francaix followed by a passionate and technically daring, Serenade for string trio by the Hungarian composer, Ernst von Dohnanyi who continually sought inspiration in the folk melodies of his country. The magnificent 1875 String Quintet featuring the double bass of Antonin Dvorak will complete the season’s concert premier.
Tickets for each performance are available for $20, but a subscription for all three concerts is just $45 and can be ordered by calling 215-297-5972.
The Concordia Chamber Players will perform works by Kodaly, Turina and Brahms on January 27th and Mozart, Milhaud and Dvorak on April 7, 2002.