Nebraska Chamber Players

April Series: world premiere, live broadcast, brunch and birthday cake

Sunday, April 15 concert time moved to 1:30 pm; reservations required

The April concert series will mark the official celebration of Nebraska Chamber Players' 15th anniversary, and with the help of our friends at NET Radio we have a great party planned! NET will broadcast the Sunday, April 15 concert LIVE on a special edition of Nebraska Concerts, and to accommodate their air schedule the concert time has been changed to 1:30 pm.

To make this event even more festive, instead of our usual hors d'oeuvres we will be serving brunch and birthday cake! The brunch begins at noon, with a cake reception at 2:30 immediately following the concert.

Because of the live broadcast, you will need to be in your seats by 1:25 pm, and food will not be served at intermission (the audience will be asked to stay in the studio during the brief intermission). You are welcome to stay and enjoy cake and beverages and chat with the composer and the musicians after the concert.

Reservations are required if you plan to attend on Sunday, even if you have a season pass—we need to know how much food to provide. Call 402.429.8227 or email to reserve your seat. You may also order tickets online. If you are an NET member, you will need to reserve by phone in order to receive your member discount.

If you can't attend on Sunday, please join us Friday evening, April 13, at 8:00 pm. In addition to the performance, the winners of the 2012 Larsen Young Artist Award will be presented their award checks by competition sponsors Max and Lillie Larsen. Nebraska Chamber Players is honored to have been chosen to host the Larsen award this year—come hear more about this wonderful opportunity for young string players!

Reservations are not required for Friday's concert (tickets will be available at the door), and you can enjoy our usual fare of gourmet hors d'oeuvres and beverages.

PREMIERE WEEK! April Concert Series Schedule

Friday, April 13 — NET Studios, 1800 N. 33rd, Lincoln
doors open at 7:30; hors d'oeuvres & beverages served
concert at 8:00 pm
Larsen Young Artist Award presentation at intermission

Sunday, April 15 — NET Studios
brunch served beginning at 12 noon
concert at 1:30 pm (NET live broadcast; be in your seat by 1:25 pm)
cake reception at 2:30 pm following the concert


April series features world premiere of Ashfall,
composed especially for Nebraska Chamber Players

When we began thinking of ways to commemorate our 15th anniversary, we knew we wanted to do something very special, and what better way to celebrate our history as an innovative chamber ensemble than to create a new piece of chamber music! Composer Rusty Banks immediately came to mind—he has written music for us in the past and has even performed with us, and our collaborations have always been a good fit. When we approached Rusty about this new project, he said, "I know what it's going to be. I've had this piece in my head—I want to do a piece about the Ashfall Fossil Beds."

Ashfall Fossil Beds is a national monument and a Nebraska treasure, a paleontological dig site where entire skeletons have been found of creatures which existed 12 million years ago. Not only is it historically significant, it is located in an incredibly scenic area (near Royal, Nebraska), surrounded by rolling hills and lush grasslands. A Nebraska resident for many years, Rusty spent a lot of time fishing in that area and was inspired by its beauty and its enormous history.

Ashfall is a large-scale chamber work, using a string quartet and a woodwind quintet plus double bass, harp, marimba and piano. All of the Nebraska Chamber Players will be involved (bassoonist Jeff Campbell is driving down from Duluth, Minnesota, for the occasion!), plus guest performers Bobby Jenkins on oboe and Summer Bracken on violin. This in itself is momentous—you've never seen so many of us on stage all at once!

Also on the program is Louise Farrenc's Nonet for string quartet and wind quintet. Farrenc was one of the most outstanding French composers of the 19th century and a product of the Paris Conservatory. A large chamber ensemble work which is rarely heard performed live, the Nonet showcases Nebraska Chamber Players' string and wind players and highlights the capabilities of each of the nine instruments.

There are two performances to choose from (see details in the article above). The Lincoln premiere of Ashfall will be Friday, April 13 at 8 pm, with the world premiere broadcast event happening on Sunday, April 15, at 1:30 pm.


Nebraska Chamber Players' first commercial CD—You can help!

What's even better than a world premiere? Having something permanent to show for it—like a CD recording! With that in mind, we have launched a fundraising project to do a studio recording of Ashfall, along with three other original works by Rusty Banks, all of which we have performed and two of which were written specifically for us.

This is an expensive endeavor, estimated at $11,000 for studio time, musicians and audio engineers. To raise the money we have initiated a fundraising project through Kickstarter, an online funding platform for creative projects. Kickstarter provides a means of collecting donations in any amount, from anyone interested in the project's concept. Pledges are submitted (via credit card or Paypal) through, and if the project reaches its goal within the designated time frame those pledges are redeemed. If the goal is not reached, donors are not charged and the organization receives nothing.

This is an all-or-nothing venture—we need to reach our goal or we get nothing. We are asking for your support, in whatever amount you can offer. This project is near and dear to us—not only is it our first commercial CD recording, it is unique in so many ways: we are recording music that was created specifically for us by a recognized composer with strong Nebraska ties; inspired by Nebraska itself, with its scenic landscape and rich history; and utilizing our entire roster of musicians. As an added bonus, there are thank-you gifts based on your level of giving, beginning at the $5 level!

Please check out our project: Watch the video—we think you'll like it, and we hope you'll be generous with your support! And please spread the word to your friends and fellow music-lovers! • 402.429.8227


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