Alliance Classical Players will begin its 2018 summer season Saturday, June 16, which includes two chamber music concert events and a chamber music festival for teen musicians.
The first concert is titled “Old Wine in New Bottles” and is scheduled for Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m. at Rome Art and Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield St. The program includes Roaring Fork, for wind quintet by Eric Ewazen.
The three-movement work depicts the scenery in and around the Roaring Fork River Valley in Colorado. Two larger chamber wind works are also included in the program: Charles Gounod’s Petite Symphonie and Gordon Jacob’s Old Wine in New Bottles. The Gounod selection is a lively and tuneful work that has become a staple of the chamber wind literature, and the Jacob is a collection of four old English folk songs, re-worked for a large chamber wind group into four short movements that are enjoyable to hear.
Musicians performing on the June 16 concert are: Cornelia Brewster and Beth Evans, flute; Janelle Bookhout and Kathryn Dimmel, oboes; Kristin Kelly and Colleen O’Neil, clarinets; Sue Daves and Judy Marchione, bassoons; Ed Marshilok, contrabassoon; Claire McKenney and Elizabeth Hahn, French Horns; and Jack Chesebro III and Bert Bookhout, trumpets. The program is conducted by Jason Curley. A complimentary reception follows the concert, featuring light snacks and wines hand-picked by the musicians.
During the week of Aug. 13-18, Alliance Classical Players and Rome Concert Band, in cooperation with Rome Art and Community Center and Rome City School District, invite teen musicians to participate in Classical Youth Chamber Music Festival.
Classical Youth is a week-long program for wind and brass students entering grades 8-12 in the fall of 2018, as well as recently graduated seniors. The program will be held during the evenings of Aug. 13-17 from 6-8 p.m. at RACC, with a performance on Saturday evening, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.
Student participation in Classical Youth is free for all Rome City School District students, as well as Rome residents who attend private or home school. Students from outside the Rome district are asked to pay a $15 fee, and scholarships are available to help with those costs. After submitting a registration form, student musicians will be organized into groups, with consideration given to instrumentation and playing level.
At the festival, student groups will work with professional musicians from Alliance Classical Players, who serve as coaches during rehearsal time, focusing on age- and level-appropriate aspects of chamber music playing. Alliance Classical Players will also provide ensemble demonstrations, open rehearsals, and other informal performances during the festival week. The program culminates on Saturday, Aug. 18, with student groups performing on a public concert with Alliance Classical Players at Rome Art and Community Center.
“We are very excited to be able to offer the Classical Youth Chamber Music Festival this summer,” said Colleen O’Neil, a member of Alliance Classical Players and Classical Youth coordinator. “It is the perfect opportunity for woodwind and brass students in grade 8 and above to learn from professional musicians in a relaxed summer setting, and to play and perform with those same musicians, as well as peers.”
The musicians of Alliance Classical Players are all seasoned teachers as well as performers, and the music chosen for the student groups will be a mix of light classics and pops, with a grand finale on the concert program that will include all festival participants.
The number of participants for Classical Youth is capped at 30, and students are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration information for Classical Youth may be obtained by calling the Rome Concert Band at 315-292-8506 or the Rome Art and Community Center at 315-336-1040.
The Rome Concert Band has received funding support for Alliance Classical Players from The Sears Family Foundation and the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the State Legislature, and administered by CNY Arts.