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Astoria Chamber Players “Menu For 4 Players”

Astoria Chamber PlayersComposed primarily of prominent North Coast musicians, the Astoria Chamber Players bring forth works for spring; performing well known and lesser known works for piano, string and wind quartets by Schubert, Mozart, Copland, Doran, Strauss, Thomas Tallis, Gluck, Stamitz and Telemann.

Matt Doran, contemporary American composer, will be on hand for the performance of his Quartet for three flutes and piano. Doran’s compositions have been performed at Carnegie Hall.

Rarely performed, Copland’s Piano Quartet was composed in 1950 and adopts Schoenberg’s atonal (serial) twelve tone method of composition. However, Copland’s music is still tonal in that he hovers over tonalities until the end, and in doing so, presents challenges for the strings.

While the music is mostly quartet in style, the baroque work by Stamitz brings the musicians together to end the concert with his Symphony in E flat major.

The Astoria Chamber Players under the artistic direction of Collin Heade presents its Spring concerts Saturday, April 30, 7:30PM at the Community Presbyterian Church on Washington St. in Cannon Beach and on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 4:00PM at Clatsop College’s Performing Arts Center at 16th and Franklin in Astoria.