Full spectrum of instruments to be featured in Chamber Music Amarillo's next concert

Posted by Chip Chandler on
Chamber Music Amarillo will offer a concert Saturday.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Winds, brass and strings all will be featured in Chamber Music Amarillo's fourth classical concert of the season.

CMA's Hummin' High and Low concert begins at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Fibonacci Space, 3306 S.W. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for students. Call 806-236-3545.

The concert will feature Vesselin Todorov (violin and viola), Jeffrey Lastrapes (cello), Nick Scales (bass), Susanna Self (flute), Carrie Dillard (oboe), Becky Casso (horn) and Choong-Ha Nam (piano) collaborating on Francis Poulenc's Sonata for Flute and Piano, Giovanni Bottesini's Gran Duo for Double Bass and Violin and Johann Nepomuk Hummel's Septet No. 1 in D Minor.

"You'll see this broad scope of instrumentation," said David Palmer, CMA's artistic director.

The Bottesini, which will feature Scales and Todorov, is known for its "remarkable virtuosity," according to Palmer.

"It's a hell of a piece for the bass. Nick has been working on it for a while," Palmer said.

The Hummel will feature flute, oboe, horn, viola, cello, bass and piano, an infrequent grouping of instruments in the chamber music world.

"It produces a more robust and richer texture of sound," Palmer said. "Hummel ... fits between the classical and the romantic time frame. It has the solid structure of music like Beethoven, but in the middle, he puts in some flourishes like Mendelssohn."

A pre-concert lecture with some of the concert's featured musicians will begin at 7 p.m. Before the concert begins, Amarillo Suzuki students will perform a short work.

A brief, free preview of the concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday for CMA's Friday Family Night, featuring musicians discussing and performing excerpts of the music.



Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at Chip.Chandler@actx.edu, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.

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