Concordia Chamber Players add Nakashima event

Concordia Chamber Players Artistic Director, Michelle Djokic predicts, “This could possibly be our finest Concordia season ever.” In addition to the concert series the group will introduce a new offering called “Notable Encounter I” on Oct. 6.

The “Notable Encounter” includes a stimulating and revealing discussion of Zoltan Kodaly’s Duo for violin and cello followed by a performance of the work in the Nakashima Woodworking Studio in the woodlands of New Hope.


Michelle Djokic and Toby Appel will perform in the first “Notable Encounter” to be staged by the Concordia Chamber Players. The event is Oct. 6 at the Nakashima Woodworking Studio.

Toby Appel, violinist, will lead the exploration of the piece and perform with Michelle Djokic, cellist and Concordia Artistic Director. A wine and cheese reception following the performance will allow for further discussion with the musicians.

Concordia’s subscription series begins Nov. 10, with three concerts at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury. The first concert will introduce 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, Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio and Dohnanyi’s Sextet in C major.

On Feb. 23, hearts will be warmed by the performance of romantic gems of chamber music. The Suite for Piano Left Hand, 2 violins and cello, by Erich Korngold and Zemlinsky’s String Quartet No. 1 will be performed by John Novacek, pianist, Scott Yoo, vionist, Kristin Lee, violinist and Djovic, cello. Zemlinsky influenced Korngold as his teacher and both composers exemplify the beauty and depth of Viennese culture in the early 1900s.

The final program, April 27, explores the music of three Bohemian geniuses of composition. “Pohadka” (Fairy Tale), for cello and piano by Leos Janacek, String Trio No. 2 by Bohuslav Martinu and Anonin Dvorak’s Quartet in D major will be performed by pianist William Wolfram, violinists Arnuad Sussman and Cynthia Phelps along with Djokic.

On Jan. 10, the annual gala event, “From Buenos Aires with Love,” will be held at Cradle Valley Farm in Solebury. The evening will begin with cocktails and appetizers, followed by a performance of tango-inspired music and dinner of Argentinean cuisine.

Tickets, artist profiles and ways to become involved with the organization can be found at the Concordia Players web site.



Bucks County Herald, September 19, 2013


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