“Primal, driving rhythm” Jump-starts Concordia Concert

Artistic Director, Michelle Djokic, introduced the recent Concordia Chamber Players concert by describing Heitor Villa Lobos’s “Assobio a Jato (The Jet Whistle) as a work using a “primal, driving rhythm that is almost frightening, before taking on a decidedly Brazilian flare.” Djokic, Associate Principal Cellist for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra teamed up with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Principal Flutist, Jeffrey Khaner, in Villa Lobos’s composition achieving a masterful dialogue approaching tranquility before flying off together in an almost giddy race that ended in a musical flutter.

Khaner returned in the concert’s second selection, Prokofiev’s Sonata Number 2 in D Major for Flute and Piano, with Charles Abramovic, internationally acclaimed pianist who has recorded with Jeffery Khaner and Sara Chang and is Professor of Keyboard Studies at Temple University. Abramovic’s soothing piano chords brought a peaceful transition to Khaner’s contagiously frenetic flute. Only world-class musicians like these can speak clearly to the heart and emotions pulling the listener into their compelling dialogue.

In Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky’s Trio Opus 50 for Piano, Violin and Cello, Carmit Zori, violinist, joined Abramovic and Djokic in a work that portrayed waves of deepening pathos. Zori, who appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is director of Bargemusic in New York City, showed why she has become a favorite of Concordia audiences. Her violin seemed to sing a classic song of liberation that brought the lengthy sonata to a peaceful conclusion.

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Flutist, Jeffery Khaner and Michelle Djokic,Cellist,
enjoy applause from Concordia audience.

Photo by Brian Keyes

The Concordia Chamber Players regular season concludes on April 1, 2007 with works by Max Bruch, Richard Danielpour and Robert Schumann featuring pianist, Blair McMillen, Carmit Zori, violinist, Robert Rinehart, violist, James Wilson, cellist and clarinetist, Todd Palmer. The concert will be performed in the Stephen Buck Theater at the New Hope-Solebury High School. Tickets may be purchased on line at tickets@concordiaplayers.org
or by calling 215-297-5972.

By Roy Ziegler