Contact: Lynn Stewart, Centenary College News Service, 318-869-5120

New Friends Chamber Players to Present Chamber Music Concert Feb. 27 at Centenary

New Friends Chamber Players

Members of the New Friends Chamber Players include (left to right, front row) Thomas Phillips, Thomas Hundemer, Andrew Brandt, (back row) Peter Haas, Sylvia Mann, Ruth Drummond, Laura Crawford, Theresa Zale and Ross Smith

SHREVEPORT, LA -- The New Friends Chamber Players will present a concert of chamber music on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Friends of Music Series at the Hurley School of Music of Centenary College.

The New Friends Chamber Players consists of many of the finest chamber musicians in the Shreveport/Bossier area, including faculty members at the Hurley School of Music and individual members of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.

The program will consist of four works, two of them never heard before in Shreveport. Theresa Zale will be featured in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's well-known Oboe Quartet in F Major. Soprano Gale Odom will be featured in five pieces from Dominick Argento's work, To Be Sung upon the Water, for soprano, clarinet and piano.

The first area performance of Lowell Liebermann's Fantasy on a Fugue of J. S. Bach will feature principal wind players of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra with Centenary College's Ross Smith on piano.

Although Franz Berwald's Septet in B-flat Major was written in 1828, this work was just recently published in a modern edition and this performance will be the first for the septet in this area, featuring violin, viola, cello, doublebass, clarinet, horn and bassoon.

Admission for the concert will be $8 for adults. Centenary students are free, other students are $4.

The New Friends Chamber Players was co-founded by Ruth Drummond and Thomas Hundemer in 1991. They have been featured annually on the Friends of Music Series on the Centenary campus.

Performers will be Gale Odom, soprano; Ross Smith, piano; Sally Horak, flute; Theresa Zale, oboe; Thomas Phillips, clarinet; Andrew Brandt, bassoon; Thomas Hundemer, horn; Laura Crawford, violin; Sylvia Mann, viola; Ruth Drummond, cello; and Peter Haas, doublebass.

For more information, call the Hurley School of Music at 869-5235 during business hours.

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