The Paramount Chamber Players opens its 15th season with a program honoring American Women Composers. The ensemble will share the extraordinary rise of the influence of American women in music since the late nineteenth century. The concerts will be held Sept. 26-29 with one show in each of the Tri-Cities and another in Abingdon, Virginia.
The program features the music of Amy Beach (Piano Quintet) and Florence B. Price (Folksongs in Counterpoint for String Quartet). Beach is generally acknowledged as the first American woman recognized widely by music scholars, and Price the first African American woman to have music performed by a major American symphony. These historical works are juxtaposed with a performance of compositions by long-time TPCP collaborators Ann Holler and Evelyn Pursley-Kopitzke.
The ensemble will be joined by Boston’s Drew Ricciardi as guest artist.
Players will include George Figueroa, violin; Catherine McGlasson, violin; Cherylonda Fitzgerald, cello; Rebecca Paluzzi, flute; and Craig Combs, piano.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport; at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, at the Paramount Center in Bristol; at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 28, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Johnson City; and at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, as part of the Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church in Abingdon.
Students are admitted free at all venues. Tickets, available at the door, are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors.
General admission tickets for the Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series performance on Sunday are available at the door for $10.
Advance tickets for the Paramount performance may be purchased at ParamountBristol.org or at the box office with additional taxes and fees.