In conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Southwest Chamber Players (SWCP), our community’s resident chamber music group, will present a gala concert program on Friday, March 30, at Saint Augustine’s Episcopal Church at Maine Avenue and Sixth Street beginning at 7:30 p.m. As is customary, admission is free; however, contributions are greatly appreciated.

The SWCP has presented roughly monthly concerts ever since its March 1997 founding. That’s 161 concerts in all! And this one will be quite extravagant.

The centerpiece is the newly commissioned Piano Trio by New York composer Lembit Beecher, which will also be played by Mr. Beecher. Surrounding this work will be a representative sampling of the group’s past repertoire to include works of J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Mendelssohn and more.

The players, many of whose pedigrees are quite eminent, will include the following individuals: Regino Madrid and Emily Daggett Smith, violin;  Sara Hart, viola; Charlie Powers and Karen Ouzounian, cello;  Gwyn Jones, flute;  Jerry Schwarz and Bernard Arons, clarinet;  Dilyana Kirova, bassoon; Marje Palmieri, Joyce Bouvier, and C.J. Reden-Liotta, singers; and David Ehrlich and Lembit Beecher, piano.

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