Back in 1986 the North Country Chamber Players performed ‘Downhill with Debussy’ at Loon Mountain. Over thirty years later the Players are going strong and they will again celebrate French composers and works of Debussy, Francaix, Fauré, Demase, Ravel and Poulence.

 

Saturday, February 24, 2pm, Court Street Arts, Haverhill, and Sunday, February 25, 2pm, Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, Whitefield.

 

Chamber Players’ Susan Nidel (Flute), Bernard Rose (Piano) and Kemp Jernigan (Oboe) will be joined by guest musicians Pascal Archer (Clarinet), and Rhémy Taghavi (Bassoon).

 

The North Country Chamber Players have adopted a “Pay-What-You-Wish” ticket pricing for concerts. Seating is limited, so attendees are asked to make free online reservations. The recommended ticket price is $25, payable at the door, but there is no minimum ticket price required for entry. To reserve seats: northcountrychamberplayers.org.

 

Like their food, wine and art, French music is infused with a distinctly vibrant spirit, and an array of stunning colors, dazzling textures and alluring flavors that set it apart from that of other cultures. In Paris Rendezvous, we will meet six great French composers whose affinity for and unique perspective on the piano and woodwind instruments provide us with music that is at once surprising, familiar, evocative and always entertaining. Jean Francaix’s sprightly Quartet is sometimes frothy and often soulful.  Faure’s beautifully tender Fantasie for flute is also soaring and virtuosic. Jean-Michel Damase’s Quartet is nearly cinematic, with its colorful, sweeping, sarcastic and often poignant, musical panoramas.

 

Both Debussy and Ravel were masters of the piano, creating new and previously unimagined sounds. The selections from Debussy’s Image are contemplative and intensely personal, while excerpts from Ravel’s Miroirs are mystical and haunting. The program concludes with Francois Poulenc’s tour-de-force Trio for piano, oboe and bassoon. This sparkling work begins like a story, is filled with melodic invention and sweet melancholy, and concludes with a brisk, joyful, sometimes dramatic, often humorous, romp.

 

For more information and to reserve seats: www.northcountrychamberplayers.org

 

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