Chamber Players of the Redwoods Concert: Sunday, May 15, 2:00 pm

Chamber music concert features strings, trombones, piano

The Chamber Players of the Redwoods are returning to one of their favorite concert venues with a new program of music that compliments the changing seasons. Set for Sunday, May 15 at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka at 2 p.m. in the main church sanctuary, the work of Beethoven, Brahms and others will be heard. Performed by some of the finest musicians in Humboldt County, the concerts are always free with a suggested donation at the door.

While the unifying theme of these concerts is the performing of classical chamber music, the concerts are quite varied instrumentally as well as musically. Where else could one go to hear a quartet of trombones and a Haydn string quartet all on the same program?

A welcome newcomer to the concert series is a string trio featuring three sisters, Ruth Gross, violin, Claire Gent, ‘cello, and Lydia Gross, violin. Performing delightful arrangements of well-known works by Grieg and Moreau, the three began playing as a trio four years ago under the instruction of Stefan Vaughn.

Segueing into familiar territory with Franz Haydn we hear his celebrated Quartet No. 25 in C, op. 20, a work that gets performed fairly often as it’s considered to be the composers’ first great quartet. Players include: Betty Bliss, violin, Ken Love, violin, Stefan Vaughan, viola, andEric  Jones, ‘cello.

Moving on to a contemporary of Haydn, we’ll be treated to Beethoven’s great Trio in E flat, op. 1, No. 1. In 4-movements, our interpreters include Allen Lesser, violin, Susan Fowle, ‘cellette and Felicia Oldfather, piano. Going against tradition a little, the original ‘cello part will be played an octave higher on viola, or ‘cellette (small ‘cello), as the group calls it.

Last up, but always well-received is resident trombone quartet that consists of Dick LaForge, Phil Sams, George Epperson and Doug Hendricks with LaForge sometimes supplying a lower tuba part. Since there’s not a lot of music originally composed for the genre, the players are always on the lookout for cleaver arrangements. Up on the program are works by Brahms and local composer Michael Kibbe, with arrangements supplied by local musician Gregg Moore and others. Collectively, the group has over 100 years of practicing, playing and performing. Christ Episcopal Church is located at 15th and H Streets, between G and H Streets and 14th and 15th streets in Eureka.

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