High caliber chamber tunes

Chrysalis players provide musical, arts programs to south Florida

Let your senses explore a diverse, immersive cultural and artistic experience in a blend of high caliber chamber music and other art forms at the upcoming Chrysalis Chamber Players’ concert on Sunday, April 21 at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m.

The Chrysalis Chamber Players is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide rich, exciting new musical and arts programs to south Florida and to educate young artists of all levels. Through providing the experience of live performance, the organization hopes to instill a lifelong appreciation of art and music in future generations.

“Chamber music provides an inspiring intimacy between the performers and the audience,” said Meghan Brachle, founder and artistic director of the Chrysalis Chamber Players. “Chrysalis is unique among chamber music groups in that it allows listeners to experience a variety of instrumental combinations in a single concert.”

Because the players construct each performance to highlight different and vibrant musicians, performers, instruments and pieces, no two Chrysalis concerts are the same.

“Our flexible roster of musicians allows us to tell a different story at each concert,” said Mary Elizabeth Bowden, founder and artistic director of the Chrysalis Chamber Players. “For example, our concert in February showcased how the trumpet can match the lyricism of the flute and violin. We look for repertoire that features unique ensembles, and we also match new repertoire with the familiar.”

In addition to creating live concert experiences, the Chrysalis Chamber Players offer educational programs that provide instruction to young beginning musicians as well as budding young professional musicians, helping strengthen their fundamental skills, nurture their passions, and establish solid technical foundations.

The Chrysalis Chamber Players’ upcoming concert will feature “Zodiac Suite for Bass, Violin and Narrator” by Lucas Drew, a set of short, humorous pieces based on the signs of the zodiac. Joseph Lang will read a series of witty poems to accompany the piece. Husband and wife team, violinist Karen Lord-Powell and bassist Brian Powell, will perform the romantic “Duo for Bass and Violin” by Reinhold Gliere. Abraham Feder, principal cellist of the Sarasota Orchestra and Curtis Institute alumnus, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Prelude in D Major from Suite. No. 6.” The concert’s final piece, baroque composer Jean-Marie Leclair’s “Concerto for Flute and Strings in C Major,” will showcase all five strings players and flutist Brachle.

Other featured works include “Passacaglia Violin and Cello” by Johann Halvorsen and “Concertino for Flute, Viola and Piano” by Ernest Bloch.

Though Bowden will not be performing in the April 21 concert, as a trumpeter, her performances often add a somewhat unexpected twist to the traditional sound of chamber music.

“We’ve definitely surprised audiences by showing them that the trumpet fits well in a chamber music setting and can match the colors of other instruments in pieces such as Chardon’s ‘Sonata for Trumpet and Cello’ and James Stephenson’s ‘Trio for Flute, Trumpet, and Piano,’” said Bowden.

The Chrysalis Chamber Players is only in its second year of operation and the group’s educational programming, live performance opportunities, and plans for increased outreach are still growing.

“We have formed bonds with fantastic musicians in the area, and we have had some amazing concert moments performing together,” said Brachle. “Our programs are formed collaboratively, and we look forward to coming up with more fun, innovative programs in future seasons.”

Information: www.chrysalischamberplayers.com or email chrysalis@chrysalischamberplayers.com.

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