Jax Symphony: Chamber Music Concert At WJCT November 1October 18, 2015 6 comments Print Article
Eight & Eight features eight musicians performing chamber music as WJCT transforms into an intimate salon. Sunday, November 1, at WJCT Studios you will be able to hear the musicians of the Jacksonville Symphony up-close and personal as they perform, starting at 3pm.
Melissa Barrett (assistant concertmaster) photo by Tiffany Manning
The eight musicians will be performing two iconic octets of the chamber music repertoire: Igor Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments (flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone) and Felix Mendelssohn’s String Octet in E-flat major (violin, viola, cello).
Chamber music is all about communication. These musicians, performing without a conductor, a reliant on not only listening to one another, but literally having a musical dialogue. These skills directly transfer to the full orchestra when they’re performing a larger work under the baton of a conductor.
Chamber music showcases EACH instrument equally. In a symphony setting, you hear one “viola” sound, but in these pieces, each part is equal to the next, and you will be able to hear each performer both individually, and what they contribute to the “ensemble” sound.
The musician roster for Eight & Eight includes Anthony Anurca (bassoon), Melissa Barrett (assistant concertmaster), Brad Behr (bassoon), Christopher Chappell (violin), Sam Chen (trombone), Meryn Corsat (viola), Betsy Federman (cello), Cynthia Kempf (viola), Brian Osborne (trumpet), Philip Pan (concertmaster), Jeff Petererson (trombone), Les Roettges (flute), Alexei Romanenko (cello), Forrest Sonntag (trumpet), Piotr Szewczyk (violin) and Peter Wright (clarinet)
Peter Wright, principal clarinet photo by Tiffany Manning
Tickets are available at jaxsymphony.org, by calling the ticket office at 904-354-5547 or
visiting the ticket office in the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts (open Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm)