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Orchestra Chamber Music Series set to shine

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Members of the percussion ensemble rehearse for their upcoming show. Photo credit: Amanda Galvez

The orchestra’s annual Chamber Music Series is anticipated to be an incredible night, for both musicians and audience members alike, simple because most of the instruments being played are extremely rare.

Chair of the music department and orchestra director of five years, professor James Song, is ecstatic about the third annual Chamber Series.

“Chamber groups…are smaller groups from the orchestra,” said Song. “Three to four groups of ensembles are formed, [percussion, flute, piano and string.]”

With an 80 student count in the orchestra as a whole, breaking into chamber groups of about seven to eight people give the musicians a chance to be creative, since the instruments used are not played on an everyday basis. Song said musicians can really focus on their individual sections and sound, making it a more special and intimate concert.

This unique opportunity provided by the music department has orchestra members thrilled for the audience to experience this one-of-a-kind show.

“It’s a pretty unique and cool opportunity to see and hear this concert,” said Gail Amendt, a community member who is apart of the percussion ensemble. “There’s things you’ll never get to see [like a wide variety of exotic flutes].”

Playing in smaller categories is also a favorite among orchestra members.

Parker Trent, a first year music major, enjoys the close-knit unity ensembles share with one another.

“I like playing with other people and having a solid piece of music come together,” said Trent. “[I think] it’s very culturally enriching and it’s probably something that [the audience] isn’t accustomed to. It’s something new.”

Chamber ensembles are scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m. on Friday Mar. 27 in the Performing Arts building to put on a show unlike any other.

“Coming out will be worthwhile,” said Song. “Music is everywhere but there’s no substitute for live music. You will be able to hear the excitement and there will be lots of positive energy.”

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