Sherman Chamber Ensemble Offers Music for Winds and Strings This Weekend
The Sherman Chamber Ensemble concludes its 2013 Summer Concert Series tonight, August 30th at St. Andrew's Church in Kent and Saturday, August 31st at the Lake Mauweehoo Club in Sherman with a program of music for winds and strings, including the Mozart Clarient Quintet, Prokofiev's Quintet in G Minor, Opus 39 and the world premiere of a new commissioned work by SCE Artistic Director Eliot Bailen. Performers are Jo-Ann Sternberg (clarinet), Melanie Feld (oboe), Susan Rotholz (flute), Jill Levy and Robert Zubrycki (violin), Sarah Adams (viola), Eliot Bailen (cello) and Peter Weitzner (bass).
In addition to its masterful performances of the classical chamber music repertoire, such as Mozart and Prokofiev, SCE has a long history of highlighting contemporary classical music. Over the years, its audiences have been introduced to some of the best composers writing in the classical idiom today. It has extended its commitment to new music through the commission and premiere of new works by the likes of Edie Hill, Aaron Grad and Ted Rosenthal. "We are pleased to present this Labor Day a brand new work by our own Eliot Bailen, commissioned specially for the occasion by a long-time supporter," announces SCE Executive Director Mary Rindfleisch. "In addition to his work as a performer and SCE Artistic Director, Eliot has a growing reputation as a composer." Local audiences will remember his "Perhaps a Butterfly," song settings based on poems of the children of the Terezin concentration camp and performed at the JCC in Sherman in 2011. Last fall, he received a commission from the Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra for a Double Concerto for flute and cello. "The new work to be performed this month is an Octet for oboe, clarinet, flute and strings and will provide a perfect end to SCE's summer season," continues Ms. Rindfleisch. "We invite friends and fans of classical music to join us for this special occasion."