ChamberFest 2017

ChamberFest, Music of the Motherlands, was held September 8th & 9th, 2017 Featuring JP Jofre, accomplished composer and extraordinary bandoneonist, along with the Concordia Chamber Players, who presented his electrifying Tangodromo, Suite for String Quintet and Bandoneon along with a few shorter selections, including “Bailongo” for solo cello – a world premiere! The program closed with the complete version of Antonin Dvorak’s String Quintet in G major, Opus 77, deeply inspired by his Bohemian heritage. Francisco Fullana, Kristin Lee, Daniel Kim, Anthony Manzo, JP Jofre and Michelle Djokic were the performers for this thrilling program at the bucolic setting of Glen Oaks Farm in the heart of Bucks County. Prior to the concert, Concordia held two open rehearsals, September 8th at the New Hope Library, from 2 PM to 5 PM, which was free to the community and another on September 9th, from 10 AM to 1 PM at Glen Oaks Farm where they welcomed students from The Grand School of Music on stage to work side by side as they read through and performed the music. Memorable Quotes: “The entire evening was superb. The venue, food, hospitality – all first class. My congratulations to the Concordia team. This happens […]

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Memories from the Concordia Chamberfest 2016

As the summer was coming to a close, we were pleased to present a series of enchanting concerts at this year’s Concordia Chamberfest, hosted at Glen Oaks Farm. Our team worked hard behind the scenes to put a total of two concerts and two open rehearsal sessions together which many of you were able to attend. We were pleased to have a chance to play for the community at the New Hope Free Library while we held an open rehearsal on Wednesday afternoon. On Friday night, with a cool breeze in the air, the music of Adolphe, Mozart and Beethoven floated in the air and into the full-moon-lit sky. Saturday was another fun and educational day of open rehearsals where people were able to see how we collaborate to put together music for the concerts they will eventually hear. Despite the late summer heat on Sunday, there was a full house in the audience who didn’t want to miss the last performance of the Chamberfest, which included pieces from Bach, Schumann and Copland. Below are some photos from the Chamberfest (special thanks to Audrey Froggatt for most of these amazing photos!) which we hope you will enjoy. For those of you who were unable to attend, we hope you get

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Concordia Chamber Players performance at the Princeton Festival was a night to remember…

Apparently we weren’t the only ones who enjoyed it. Town Topics wrote a beautiful review and we wanted to share it with you! Enjoy…   Princeton Festival Continues Season With a Concert of Chamber Music Princeton Festival has placed a special emphasis on the music of 20th-century British composer Benjamin Britten this year. The cornerstone opera of the Festival’s 2016 season is Britten’s Peter Grimes, and this past Friday night, Concordia Chamber Players offered some of Britten’s more charming works for voice and instruments as the festival concluded its first week. Concordia Chamber Players has been a regularly-featured ensemble with Princeton Festival, and Friday night’s performance at Miller Chapel at Princeton Theological Seminary showed what chamber music can be. With just five musicians, the Concordia Players held the audience in rapt attention with works of the 19th and 20th centuries. Britten composed his works for the tenor voice from a personal standpoint — for performance by his lifetime collaborator and companion Peter Pears. Britten had an affinity for the folksongs of the British Isles, and set many of these tunes as “Folksong Arrangements” for solo voice and instruments. Tenor Nicholas Phan, joined by pianist Orio Weiss, proved himself to be

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Winter Gala 2015 – A Match Made in Heaven

Exquisite music filled the winter’s night last Friday thanks to the piano duo of Orion Weiss and Anna Polonsky. Our annual Winter Gala at Cradle Valley Farm was a full house and we were all happily spellbound by the music and wonderful energy of this amazing couple. And to make things even better the delectable food served filled our bellies and warmed our hearts (a big thanks to Linda Kenyon, Wendy Kale, Candace Jones, Zsuzsanna Rayner and Kerry Goodwin!). Here is a short video clip and some photos from the evening… enjoy!   [ click images to enlarge ]

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On Concert I, 2014-15 and Michelle Djokic…

—from The Times of Trenton – November 07, 2014  On Sunday at 3 p.m., Concordia Chamber Players will perform Mozart’s String Quartet No. 21 in D Major, K. 575, and Johannes Brahms’ autumnal masterpiece, the Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115. The concert will feature violinists Emily Daggett Smith and Scott Yoo, violist Milan Milisavljevic, and cellist Michelle Djokic. The clarinetist, Jose Franch-Ballester, will also open the concert with Béla Kovács’ “Hommage à J.S. Bach.” The event will be held at the picturesque Trinity Church in Solebury Township, Bucks County, just past New Hope, Pa. Djokic, who is also artistic director of the group, now resides in the San Francisco Bay area, but she was born in Trenton and returns to the area throughout the year, certainly in connection with her Concordia concerts, and now also because of her involvement with Trenton’s Foundation Academy Intermediate, where she conducts master classes for young musicians. “Last year I was there I think three times,” she says. “This year I’ll be going every time [the Tuesday before each Concordia concert], working with middle school kids and the high school kids. Then on the Sunday, we always make sure as many kids can

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We’re launching the new season Friday September 19th, 2014!

Bach to Bandoneon! Join us for music and cocktails as we celebrate the launch of a new season of Concordia Chamber Players. Featuring Grammy winning artist JP Jofre on bandoneon, Yoni Levyatov on piano and artistic director, Michelle Djokic on cello, we will take you on an inspiring and whimsical musical journey from baroque selections to the newly written original compositions of JP Jofre. All this while you enjoy a cocktail in the timeless beauty of the fully restored barn from 1769 at Glen Oaks Farm in Solebury, Pennsylvania. Friday September 19th, 2014 at 7:00 PM Click here for tickets

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The first of our regular subscription series will begin on Sunday, November 10

The first of our regular subscription series will begin on Sunday, November 10 in the idyllic setting and wonderful acoustics of the Trinity Episcopal Church. This program will introduce you to one of the brightest young talents of the clarinet, Jose-Franch Ballester in the performance of the Duo for clarinet and viola by Rebecca Clarke, The Kegelstatt Trio K. 498 in Eb major of Mozart and Dohnanyi’s Sextet in C major, Opus 37 for piano, strings and winds. Joining Mr. Ballester on this concert will beOrion Weiss – piano, Carmit Zori – violin, Toby Appel – viola, Michelle Djokic – cello, Julie Landsman – french horn.

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Experience Notable Encounter I at Nakashima Woodworking Studio with this beautiful video

Concordia Chamber Players presents: Notable Encounter I Nakashima Woodworking Studio Duo for violin and cello by Zoltan Kodaly Toby Appel – violin and Michelle Djokic – cello  Watch here: [divider scroll_text=” “] [gdl_gallery title=”notable-encounter-2013″ width=”175″ height=”110” ]

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