The Paramount Chamber Players (TPCP) will present "For the Love of Country," Feb. 1-4, in four Tri-Cities venues.
Music has always played an important part in creating cultural identity according to Dr. Craig Combs, artistic director and founding member of the TPCP. The TPCP will present three composers who were important to the development of a sense of national identity for their homelands.
Each composer created or expanded a musical style that became identified with his native country. The represented countries are Italy, Spain and Germany in the music of Giordani, Turina and Schumann.
The Paramount Chamber Players will be joined by the tenth Paramount Chamber Players Award winner, saxophonist Jenny Hesoun, to perform "Cantelienne and Danse" by Algerian composer Marc Eychenne.
Hesoun is a freshman at Florida State University and has played saxophone for more than seven years. She said she is excited to perform with TPCP in concert and is honored to play with such talented artists. Hesoun said she chose "Cantelienne and Danse" after her saxophone instructor recommended the piece.
Other players appearing in concert this year will be Luis Casal on viola, Craig W. Combs on piano, George Figueroa on violin, Cherylonda Fitzgerald on cello, Rebecca Paluzzi on flute, and Thomas Maternik-Piret on cello.
The Paramount Chamber Players was created in 2004 and has been performing in Kingsport since 2010. Dr.Combs established the ensemble as a way to give back to his hometown community, as well as ensure that his parents would be able to hear him play while he lived in London. He brought together a talented group of local musicians to form TPCP. Since 2013, the group has performed all its programs in Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City and Abingdon.
According to Dr. Combs, Chamber Music of America defines a chamber ensemble as a non profit group of 10 or fewer musicians who perform without a conductor. He says this loose definition allows his group to incorporate many different types of instruments into their music including the use of the saxophone in this year's concert.
The Paramount Chamber Players is a non-profit organization with over 80 financial supporters. The group's contributors allow the TPCP to present these concerts at a low cost to the public.
This year's performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Kingsport; at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2 at Saint John's Episcopal Church in Johnson City; at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Paramount Center in Bristol, Tennessee; and at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 4 as part of the Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church in Abingdon, Virginia.
Students are admitted free at all venues. Tickets for the first three performances (Feb. 1-3) will be available at the door for $15, general admission, and $12, seniors. General admission tickets for the Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series performance on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 4) will be available at the door for $10. Advance tickets for the Paramount Center performance may be purchased online at ParamountBristol.org or at the box office.