Aliento Chamber Players - Concert Schedule 2008/2009
Aliento Chamber Players

Season 1, 2008-2009

Sunday, September 7, 2008, 3:00pm

Mary Towse-Beck,
Solo Piano

Prelude, Chorale and Fugue..........................Franck

Valses Nobles et Sentimentales...................Ravel

Polonaise-Fantaisie, op 61
Mazurken, Opus 24, No 1
Opus 17, No 4..................................................Chopin

Mephisto Waltz No 1.....................................Liszt

Sunday, October 5, 2008, 3:00pm

Clarinet Trio
Music by Brahms with Piano, Clarinet and Cello

Brahms Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello, Opus 114
Brahms Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major, Opus 120/2
Brahms Sonata for Cello and Piano in E minor, Opus 38

Paul Dykstra, piano; Nancy Fiske, clarinet; Beth Pearson, cello;

Sunday, November 2, 2008, 3:00pm

Piano Quintet
Two masterpieces for Piano Quintet

Schumann Opus 44 in E flat major
Dvorák Opus 81 in A major

Mary Towse-Beck, piano; Jennifer Jameson-Kelly, violin; Sarah Barker, violin; Joanna Cyrus, viola; Dorothy Braker, cello

Friday, December 19*, 2008, 7:00pm

A Quiet Christmas,
Sirens' Song

Bring yourself back in time with this quiet candlelit celebration of the Spirit of the Season. Step away from the hustle and bustle that Christmas brings to your lives. Strains of peaceful Christmas music and twinkling candlelight will illuminate the sanctuary of Christ Church for the fourth performance scheduled by Aliento Chamber Players. 'A Quiet Christmas' is 50-minute performance concert by the vocal duo, Sirens' Song that will soothe with reflective music of the season, including familiar carols and lesser known songs and duets.

Soprano Angelynne Hinson and Alto Melinda McMahon are joined by Barbara Flocco, Piano and Dorothy Braker, Cello

Sunday, January 4, 2009, 3:00pm

String Quartet
Two of the beautiful standards in the string quartet literature.

Haydn String Quartet in E flat Major, Opus 64, No. 6
Schubert Quartet D. 804 (Rosamunde)

Christine Stuart, violin; Alexander Romanul, violin; Joanna Cyrus, violin; Pat Morrison, viola; Dorothy Braker, cello

Sunday, Febuary 1, 2009, 3:00pm

Bruce Adami
Solo Organ

Bruce Adami is the organist for Christ Episcopal Church. He performs a full recital featuring the Lively-Fulcher Pipe Organ. Completed in the summer of 2006, this 3-manual 45-rank organ is a work of art, shown to perfection in the hands of this talented organist.

All-French program by Alain, Dandrieu, Dupré, Duruflé, Franck, Vierne and Widor

Sunday, March 1, 2009, 3:00pm

Piano Quartets
We come back to our beloved Brahms, this time shown in contrast to the beautiful work of Mozart. Members of the Philharmonic Chamber Players are joined by others in an exciting collaborative performance.

Mozart Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K. 493
Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Opus 60

Mary Towse-Beck, piano; Elliott Markow, violin; David Yang, viola; Dorothy Braker, cello

Sunday, April 5, 2009, 3:00pm

Community Chorus at South Berwick
Handel's Messiah, Parts II and III

We bring you a Palm Sunday celebration with Parts II and III, the "Easter" portions of Handel's timeless oratorio. This masterwork is brought to you on Palm Sunday, with soloists and a chamber orchestra with strings, woodwinds, and trumpet. You won't want to miss this presentation, with its many choruses, and solo sections, with the triumphant 'Hallelujah Chorus' and stirring 'Amen'.

Sunday, May 3, 2009, 3:00pm

Amare Cantare

Amare Cantare offers an eclectic program of a cappella choral music, featuring both sacred and secular selections from a variety of styles, traditions, and countries. Among other works, the concert will include sacred pieces by César Alejandro Carillo, Ola Gjeilo, and Felix Mendelssohn; a group of Argentinian tangos arranged for mixed chorus; English part songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Matthew Harris; and several African-American spirituals. Please join us for an afternoon of great choral chamber music.

Sunday, June 7, 2009, 3:00pm

Ensemble Epomeo
String Trio

Hans Krasa - Tanz (Dance)
Alan Hohvaness - Trio
Gideon Klein - "Variations on a Moravian Theme" from his String Trio
Zoltan Kodaly - Intermezzo
Alfred Schnittke - Moderato from his String Trio
Ludwig van Beethoven - Rondo from String Trio, Opus 9, No. 3

Dr. Byron Wallis, violin; David Yang, viola; Kenneth Woods, cello

Sunday, July 5, 2009, 3:00pm

Piscataqua River Brass
What better way to celebrate the birth of our country right in the original Revolutionary War Capital of New Hampshire, than with the uplifting sounds of a choir of brass instruments?

"Early American Songs" arr. Edward S. Solomon, a medley of familiar American patriotic melodies.

Sunday, August 2, 2009, 3:00pm

A Cello-Bration
The many voices of the Cello with Celli Caelestis

Nancy M. Brown, conductor

Auf dem strom by Franz Schubert with soprano Angelynne Hinson, pianist Mary Towse-Beck, and cellist Dorothy Braker

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos with soprano Angelynne Hinson and eight celli

Double Violin Concerto by J.S. Bach with soloists Ian MacKay, violin and Jacob MacKay, cello

Requiem by David Popper, soloists Matthew Laughlin, Gary Hodges, and Jacob MacKay, cellists

Elegie by Gabriel Fauré, soloist Jacob MacKay, cello

"With the performance of pianist Mary Towse-Beck, the Aliento Chamber Players series at Christ Episcopal Church has become Exeter's answer to Carnegie Hall"

Lois Yopp
former faculty of music, Northwestern University

"Thanks so much for giving such an enjoyable performance. If Brahms had been in the audience, I’m sure he would have been pleased!"

Jackie Linder

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