world premiere, live broadcast, brunch and birthday cake
Sunday, April 15 concert time moved to 1:30 pm;
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
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
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.
402.429.8227 or email email@example.com
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
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
features world premiere of Ashfall,
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
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.
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 Amazon.com, 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: kickstarter.com/projects/1815751249/ashfall-music-unearthed. 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!