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American Chamber Players to Perform during Friends of Music Concert Series Jan. 26 at Centenary American Chamber Players

SHREVEPORT, LA - On Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m., the Friends of Music Concert Series at Centenary College will present the American Chamber Players in concert.

The American Chamber Players, led by violist and National Public Radio personality Miles Hoffman, was formed in 1985 from a core group of artists of the Library of Congress Summer Chamber Festival. The six members of the ensemble perform repertoire ranging from familiar masterpieces to neglected gems to newly commissioned American works.

They have toured throughout North America, been engaged and re-engaged by prestigious concert series from Florida to British Columbia, and have also traveled to Paris for a series of gala concerts at the Paris Opera and the Bibliothèque Nationale.

The American Chamber Players have recorded music of Mozart, Bruch, Bloch, Stravinsky, Harbison, and Rochberg for a series of compact discs and cassettes distributed internationally on the Koch International Classics label.

The Jan. 26 program at Centenary will contain Mozart's variations on "Ah vous dirai-je maman," better known as the theme to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," as well as music by Carl Maria von Weber, Ernest Bloch and Donald Francis Tovey.

Members of the American Chamber Players are Sara Stern, flute; Joanna Maurer, violin; Miles Hoffman, viola; Michael Mermagen, cello; Edward Newman, piano; and guest artist Janet Sung, violin.

The concert will take place in the Anderson Auditorium of the Hurley School of Music, with a reception for the artists to follow in the new Atrium of the Anderson Choral Building. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Centenary faculty, students and staff will be admitted free with an ID.