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Smithsonian Chamber Players perform at Collection of Musical Instruments January 23

Program features Mozart and Beethoven quintets for piano and winds
December 21, 2010

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will present the Smithsonian Chamber Players in their Collection debut concert on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 3 pm. The players – Marc Schachman, oboe; Eric Hoeprich, clarinet; Andrew Schwartz, bassoon; and Kenneth Slowik, fortepiano – will be joined by William Purvis, the interim director of the Collection of Musical Instruments, on the natural horn. The Smithsonian Chamber Players, directed by Slowik, is a select group of virtuosi dedicated to exploring the cultural-historical sound worlds of historical instruments found in collections like Yale’s and the Smithsonian’s.

The ensemble will perform quintets for piano and winds by Mozart and Beethoven. Mozart wrote his Quintet in E-flat major for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon, K. 452, in 1784. After the piece’s first performance, Mozart wrote to his father that it was the best work he had ever written. Beethoven modeled his own Quintet (written in 1796) after Mozart’s, using the same instrumentation and the same key.

Tickets are $20, $15 for Yale staff and seniors, $10 for students. For more information, visit the Collection’s website or call the Collection at 203 432-0825.

About the Smithsonian Chamber Players

The Smithsonian Chamber Players, directed by Kenneth Slowik, is a select group of virtuosi dedicated to exploring the sonic and cultural-historical worlds of the historical instruments found in the Smithsonian’s Collection of Musical Instruments at the Smithsonian. With many best-selling recordings to its credit, covering repertoire from Bach and Marais through Mahler and Schoenberg, the Smithsonian Chamber Players enjoys a broad audience based on concert tours and nationwide radio broadcasts. It fills a core function in the Smithsonian Chamber Music Program, the most extensive museum-resident period-instrument program in the world. For this performance, Mark Schachman, oboe; Eric Hoeprich, clarinet, Andrew Schwartz, bassoon, and Kenneth Slowik, piano, will be joined by William Purvis (interim director of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments).

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