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Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP) Adds New Programming to 2020 Season

February 28, 2020 - April 11, 2020

Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP)’s 2020 season continues with the brand-new Animato! mini-coaching chamber music video series, their annual Worldwide Play-in Weekend on March 7-8, and the third annual Livestream Masterclass on April 11. ACMP has commissioned award-winning composer Paul Moravec to compose a new piece for adult amateur players, entitled “Omne Trium Perfectum” (everything that comes in threes is perfect). This commission marks the first step in ACMP’s initiatives to make contemporary chamber music more accessible to non-professional musicians.Composed with adult amateur players in mind, Morovec has comped a trio for violin, cello and piano. A second version for B flat clarinet, cello and piano is also available. Both versions can be purchased from the Subito Music Corporation catalog in March 2020, www.subitomusic.com. A limited number of copies are available free for ACMP members.

“ACMP’s 2020 season introduces new programs that will deeply enrich the experiences of chamber music players wherever they are,” said Jennifer Clarke, Executive Director, ACMP. “Collaborations with professional ensembles to provide video and livestream coaching, and our new commitment to making chamber music by living composers more available are refreshing additions.”

Chamber Music Animato! Mini Coaching Video Series

The Animato! ACMP mini-coaching chamber music video series features six short videos packed with ensemble-playing tips and demos. The first video features musicians Toyin Spellman-Diaz from the award-winning wind quintet Imani Winds, explores Intonation. In the second Imani Winds video, Jeff Scott (French horn) demonstrates an ensemble communication exercise. The final Imani Winds video, with Mark Dover (clarinetist), shares improvisation techniques. Three videos with PUBLIQuartet for string quartet released from January through March 2020 demonstrate approaches and tips on pulse, meter, and rhythm; intonation and tone. Videos can be viewed at https://acmp.net/participate/chamber-music-animato-mini-coaching-video-series.

Play-ins 2020

ACMP’s annual chamber music jamming weekend, the Worldwide Play-in Weekend, will take place this year on March 7 and 8, 2020. Musicians around the globe are planning events that bring together chamber music players to experience the joy of playing chamber music. From beginners, experienced amateurs, to professionals–kids, parents and grandparents alike–are all welcome to participate and play. ACMP is collaborating with community-based music schools, arts centers, and community groups to create Play-in “hubs,” to create broad access to the event. For more information, visit www.acmp.net/wpiw.

Play-in locations include: New York City – an all-Bach Brandenburg play-in – as well as West Newton, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Coral Gables, FL; Flint, Michigan; Princeton, NJ; San Lorenzo, CA; Troy, NY; Indianapolis, IN; Echo Park; Seattle, WA; Echo Park, MD (Washington, DC, area); Vernon Rockville, CT; Tokyo, Japan; Brussels, Belgium; Geneva, Switzerland; Berlin, Germany; North York, Ontario, Canada; with more being confirmed every day. (See full list as of 2/13/2020 below.)

Livestream Masterclass 2020

On April 11, 2020 from 2:30PM – 4:30PM EST, ACMP will present its third annual Livestream Masterclass, a two-hour workshop accessible to all via livestream. The workshop will feature Jasper String Quartet, an ACMP adult amateur ensemble, and two student quartets. Chamber music players at all levels across the globe will gain access to the scores ahead of time and can participate online, individually or in groups, and submit questions and comments along the way. The program features classical and contemporary works – see repertoire below. The FREE masterclass is accessible from computers worldwide, and more information can be found here: https://acmp.net/livestreaminfo.

In this two-hour masterclass, Jasper String Quartet will conduct back-to-back sessions with three “learning” quartets live in Philadelphia, PA, at Temple University Music Preparatory Division, 1515 Market Street, #Room 222. A multi-camera crew will deliver every detail of the workshop in a close-up, real-time high-quality stream. Chamber music players wherever they are can participate in groups, ensembles, or individually on their computers and devices, gaining tips and insights into playing technique and interpretation on two chamber music works. Participants can engage with the session throughout the session via a live chat feed, connecting with the event and each other. Online participants experience the session as if they were in the room.

A limited number of spots are available for attendance at the live event. RSVP is required https://www.eventbrite.com/e/acmp-2020-livestream-masterclass-tickets-93000780839 (maximum 4 tickets per order).

The livestream masterclass will be viewable on the ACMP website and on Facebook. Exact links will be available on the website: acmp.net.

Quartets & Repertoire

Erich Wolfgang Korngold,
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 34, Movement 3. Click here to listen to the quartet’s favorite recording.
ACMP Quartet
Ron Evans and Serena Cohen, violins
Nancy Terlaak Poot, viola
Bob Williamson, cello

Complete score available at IMSLP here, starting on page 28
Purchase complete score and parts here

Béla Bartók, Quartet No. 2, II. Allegro molto capriccioso
Temple Prep. Student Quartet 1
Kristy Chen & Tessie Katz, violin
Zoe Yost, viola
Sarah Martin, cello

Complete score available at IMSLP here

Edvard Grieg, String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27, 1. Un poco andante – Allegro molto ed agitato
Temple Prep. Student Quartet 2
Gabriel Jallo & Amelia Cannavo, violin
Andy Wu, viola
Michelle Wee, cello

Complete score available at IMSLP here

The livestream will end with a performance by Jasper String Quartet.

2020 ACMP Worldwide Play-in Weekend

All play-ins are posted on the ACMP website here: https://acmp.net/find-events

New England Chamber Music Play-In
3/8/2020, Noon – 6PM
All Newton Music School
321 Chestnut Street
West Newton, MA 02465
Co-sponsored by The Mountains & Music Committee of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) & ACMP – Associated Chamber Music Players. Free for AMC &/or ACMP members. All others: $8 at the door
Information: Ivy A. Turner: ivy@ivyboston.com; Naomi Krasner: naomimusic@yahoo.com

All Bach Brandenburg Play-in, NYC
3/7/2020, 12 – 3PM
Broadway Presbyterian Church
601 West 114th Street @ Broadway
New York, NY 10025
Violinists, violists and cellists welcome. RSVP required: ahajinlian@gmail.com

Washington Conservatory of Music, Glen Echo Park, MD
3/8/2020, 4 – 7PM
Washington Conservatory of Music, Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.,
Glen Echo, MD 20812
Information & RSVP: lbrown@washingtonconservatory.org

Suzuki Community Strings, Albany, NY
3/8/2020, 2 – 4PM
YWCA of the Greater Capital Region
21 First Street
Troy, NY 12180
RSVP: Anne Marie Haber, amhaber@aol.com

Seattle 2020 Play-In
3/8/2020, 9:30AM – 12:30PM (Pacific)
Music Center of the Northwest
901 N 96th St
Seattle, WA 98103
The cost of the play-in is $10 for ACMP members and $15 for non-members, payable by cash or check at the door.  Proceeds will be donated to Music Center of the Northwest so make checks out to them. Registration required by March 3, 2020.

Vernon Rockville Annual Play-In
Rockville United Methodist Church
142 Grove Street
Vernon Rockville, CT 06066
Contact Nat Woodruff, nathanwoodruff@sbcglobal.net

Play-in at Flint School of Performing Arts, Flint, Michigan
3/7/2020, 9AM – Noon
Flint School of Performing Arts (FSPA Atrium)
1025 East Kearsley Street
Flint, MI 48503
RSVP & information: Davin Pierson Torre, dptorre@thefim.org

Dandan Performing Arts Center Play-in, San Lorenzo, CA
3/7/2020, 10AM – 12 Noon
Dandan Performing Arts Center
676 Bockman Road, Suite E
San Lorenzo, CA 94580
Some instruments available. RSVP & Information: Cynthia Goco-Nakar, Cynthia.nakar@dmajorarts.org

2020 ACMP Worldwide Chamber Music Play-In
3/7/2020, 3:30 – 7:30PM
Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtis Branch
416 Queen St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Sign-in and refreshments will open at 3:30 pm. Our special guest Amy Oshiro-Morales of the Philadelphia Orchestra will speak at 4pm, followed by a short refreshment break, and players will break into small groups to play from 5pm till closing (around 7:30pm).  All are welcome to attend Amy’s talk, the play-in, or both.
Register online at the Settlement website:  https://settlementmusic.org/event/acmp-worldwide-chamber-music-play-in/ , or call Mary Felley at 215-320-2698 for more information and to RSVP. mary.felley@settlementmusic.org. Registration deadline:  Monday, March 2.

Westminster College, Princeton, NJ
3/3/2020, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Westminster Conservatory
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540
Hosted by the Adult Chamber Reading Ensemble
Contact Marjorie Selden, marjorieselden@gmail.com for details

Play-in at Frost School of Music, Coral Gables, FL
3/1/2020, 11AM – 1PM
Frost School of Music – Donna E. Shalala Music Reach Program
5501 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Contact Carissa Sweet for details and RSVP: csweet@miami.edu

Keene Community Music Center Play-in
Keene, NH

Berlin Play-In 2020
3/14/2020 to 3/15/2020
Kreuzberg 10961 Berlin
Registration via online form required, see listing on ACMP website. More information: Michael Knoch, knoch@posteo.de

Music Marathon 3-10pm
North York, ON M6A 1L1
Contact Roland Wilk for address and details: roland.wilk@gmail.com

Omori Chamber Music Association, Tokyo, Japan
3/7/2020, 10am – 1PM
Inglesidehouse Omori
3-12-4 Chuo Ota-ku
Contact Ryujiro Miki: r.miki@pep.ne.jp for details

I Cambristi Belgium play-in, Brussels, Belgium
3/7/2020, 10AM to 6PM
Universite Sain-Louis
Rue de l’Ommegang
Contact Francoise Longree, longreef1@gmail.cm, for information

Play-In Cambristi Lemani
3/7/2020, 10AM – 5PM
Maison du Vieux-Lignon
Route du Bois-des-Frères, 51a
1219 Le Lignon
All instruments and singers welcome. Contact Ariana Rohrer for more information: amorohrer@gmail.com

About ACMP – Associated Chamber Music Players
For the past 72 years, ACMP has provided support and services to people who are passionate about playing chamber music. ACMP believes that chamber music playing provides a unique opportunity for cultural participation and engagement. By creating opportunities and resources for people to play music together in small ensembles, skills are sharpened, communities are enriched, connections are made and lives are changed.

Since the organization began, ACMP has helped chamber music players find one another to share and play music together through a variety of networking programs. More than 2,300 members come from every part of the world and share one interest: the love of making music with others. Most recent initiatives use technology to help players connect and provide access to online coaching.

The ACMP Foundation was founded in the 1990s and has contributed more than $4 million to foster the playing of chamber music for people of all ages and skill levels. Grants support chamber music workshops and programs for adult amateurs and children and focus on coaching fees and/or initiatives that reduce the registration cost for participants.


February 28, 2020
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