Buffalo Chamber players

The Buffalo Chamber Players concludes its current concert series at Asbury Hall on Thursday May 26 by exploring the scope of sounds produced by brass and string instruments. The program includes perennial traditional chamber music favorites such as Maurice Ravel’s 1907 Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet, as well as the sometimes-overlooked 1945 Tema y variaciones for Harp and Piano by Spanish composer Joaquín Turina. 

BCP often features works by contemporary composers, such as Strum for String Quartet by the young African American composer Jesse Montgomery, a Julliard graduate who now serves as composer-in-residence for the Sphinx Virtuosi, the touring ensemble of the Sphinx Organization, a Detroit-based nonprofit that supports young African American and Latino string players. Also included is a work by Lauren Bernofsky, whom former BPO music director, Lukas Foss, no mean composer himself, called “a master composer.” Her 2002 Trio for Brass for trumpet, horn, and trombone was described by Fanfare Magazine as “a major addition to the brass literature.” The composer notes, “I wanted to write a piece that would be an exciting challenge for the performers though not impossibly difficult. Most importantly, my intent was to write a piece that would be fun to play as well as to hear.”



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