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March 14, 2014

New York Chamber soloists to perform here

THOMASVILLE — The Thomasville Entertainment Foundation will present the New York Chamber Soloists on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Thomasville Center for the Arts.

Hailed as “superb musicians who interpret the classics with great skill and depth,” the ensemble will perform an exciting program of works for various combinations of strings, winds, harpsichord and piano.

The “Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major” will begin the program featuring the chamber orchestra with flutist Jennifer Grim, violinist Curtis Macomber and harpsichordist Elizabeth Metcalfe as soloists in J. S. Bach’s famous concerto grosso.

"This is one of my favorite works" said TEF board member Karl Barton, "and the harpsichord gets a real workout in the first movement cadenza."

The program will continue with Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Septet in E-flat Major” for trumpet, strings and piano featuring trumpeter Scott Thornburg, who has performed throughout the world and will be making his debut in Thomasville. This unique chamber work takes its form from the seventeenth-century French instrumental suite, which Saint-Saëns places squarely at the end of the nineteenth century in his own style.

Concluding the program will be Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Septet in E-flat Major” for violin, viola, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, cello and double bass. This work from the end of Beethoven’s early period follows the divertimento form and became so popular that it was often arranged for other instruments. However, as time passed, Beethoven denounced it for lacking seriousness, especially when compared with his later compositions.

For nearly five decades, the New York Chamber Soloists have won acclaim as an outstanding ensemble of distinguished virtuosi, performing widely diverse repertoire in creatively programmed concerts. 

Barton continued, "I urge people to get tickets if they don't have them because this is one concert that should not be missed."

Tickets are $35 for general public and $15 for students. To check ticket availability and for further information call the TEF box office at 229-226-7404, send an email to tef@rose.net, or visit the website at www.TEFconcerts.com.

Thomasville Entertainment Foundation, Inc. is a volunteer-led, non-profit organization founded in 1937. TEF’s annual concert series features internationally celebrated artists and ensembles in the fields of opera, theater, dance, classical music, jazz, and other forms of entertainment. The organization also provides concerts, classes and workshops for students; student tickets; and scholarships for outstanding young musicians.

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