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Musicians team up to bring classical flavor to Gainesville

POSTED: January 22, 2008 5:04 a.m.

Guests at Tuesday’s ProMusica performance will get a double dose of classical flavors: The big, bold taste of brass and the delicate flavor of strings and winds.

The Atlanta Chamber Players, returning after a year’s absence to the ProMusica schedule, will be teaming up with the Atlanta Symphony Brass quintet for an evening of Bethoven, Brahms and even some newer selections.

Paula Peace, creative director and pianist of the Atlanta Chamber Players, said the collaboration will bring a half dozen or so principal musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to Gainesville for the performance.

"Out of 10 positions, five of them are principal members of the Atlanta Symphony. So it’s really an artistic powerhouse lineup," Peace said. The two groups have "some of the best musician performers in the country. So for the Gainesville audience, rather than have one group on its own, this is going to be a double whammy."

The evening’s program blends the two ensembles in a variety of selections, she said. For example, there is a brass quintet, a clarinet trio and a Brahms collaboration using performers from both groups.

The final piece of the evening is titled "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue," and includes piano and the entire brass quintet, Peace said.

"It takes a lot of oomph from one little piano to keep up with the sonority that these boys make," Peace said. "It’s a very cute piece."

The title refers to the first movement, "borrowed" from an "old" style such as Bach, and the second movement, which has a "new," "jazzy" New Orleans style.

Michael Moore, who plays tuba and is the artistic director of the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet, said it takes a certain amount of finesse to control the loudness of the brass instruments in a chamber music setting.

Luckily, he said, all the members are principal musicians in the Atlanta Symphony and have the experience to pull it off.

"We’re playing as other instruments in a chamber ensemble," Moore said. "Also, the better the player, not only can we play louder but we can play soft as well."

"It’s going to be a real knockout program," Peace added.



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