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Concordia Chamber Players SummerFest 2022

Concordia SummerFest, A Magical Night with Sam Reider and the Human Hands

Sam Reider & The Human Hands were a hit at our first ever Concordia SummerFest on Friday, June 10, 2022. Sam was joined by Eddie Barbash on saxophone and Roy Williams on guitar. We were entertained with their unique style of modern folk music which got a few toes tapping, heads were bopping, and smiles all around.  Graced with perfect early summer weather, we were greeted with refreshing wine and beer along with nibbles. This was followed by a lively performance by Sam Reider & The Human Hands and, finally, a fabulous dinner feast. As always, the tranquil setting of Cradle Valley Farm made

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Concordia presents Grammy award nominated “Seven Pillars”

from the Bucks County Herald Concordia Chamber Players closes out the season by presenting “Seven Pillars” by Andy Akiho, which has been nominated for two Grammy awards – Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The concert, performed by Brooklyn, N.Y.,-based Sandbox Percussion Ensemble, will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at The Solebury School Performing Arts Center, 6832 Phillips Mill Road, New Hope (Solebury Township). “Seven Pillars” is a “boldly genre-defying” audio and video collaboration for percussion quartet. The work consists of seven ensemble movements and one solo movement for each member of Sandbox.

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A concert for March: Concordia Players highlight women

Featured Article by Lori Goldstein from the Bucks County Herald The Concordia Chamber Players will be as excited as their loyal audience to return to Trinity Church in Solebury at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6. The concert, conceived by cellist and Artistic Director Michelle Djokic, includes compositions by four female living composers. Long before the 2020 presidential elections, Djokic was assembling the program. “When Kamala Harris was nominated and then elected, I was so empowered. … I thought that this was the right time for this to happen … and when I saw International Women’s Day was on the calendar,

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Creative Conversations Interview with Michelle Djokic

Creative Conversations with Michelle Djokic and Mandee Hammerstein

On WDVR’s Creative Conversations, Mandee Hammerstein interviews Grammy-nominated cellist and Artistic Director of the Concordia Chamber Players, Michelle Djokic. Together, Mandee and Michelle discuss Djokic’s lifelong passion for chamber music, art, the inspiring beauty of New Hope, as well as the collaborative process when commissioning world-premieres from CP’s roster of Grammy Award-winning & nominated talent. The Concordia Chamber players is a nonprofit organization in Solebury, PA and additionally offers complimentary, public rehearsal performances prior to each performance. Upcoming in-person and digital stage concerts are set for March 6th and April 24th, 2022. More at www.concordiaplayers.org Listen in at https://wdvrfm.org/creative-conversations

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Award Winning Composers from Concordia’s Past Performances

Here at Concordia Chamber Players we believe in presenting treasures of the chamber music repertoire while also presenting performers and composers that speak to the times. The 2022 Grammy Awards have recognized two of our featured composers Andy Akiho (April 24), and Caroline Shaw (March 6), with a nomination for Best Contemporary Composition. Clarice Assad who created Concordia’s first commission Obrigado is also a 2022 nominee for Best Contemporary Composition.  The NY Times recently featured the collaboration of SandBox Percussion and composer Andy Akiho’s Seven Pillars.  “Akiho has an uncanny gift for intricate rhythmic counterpoint, though the mathematical precision of the final product emerged through epic

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Michelle Djokic featured on The Princeton Festival Podcast: Episode 2

For the second episode of The Princeton Festival Podcast, the Artistic Director of Concordia Chamber Players, Michelle Djokic, talks about how the award-winning group has performed and evolved over the years. Music featured in this episode includes Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in C minor, performed by Concordia Chamber Players as part of The Princeton Festival’s 2019 season.

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