Thursday, September 29, 2011

Host Your Own Chamber Music House Concert

House concerts are not just for folkies any more.  The recently formed Richmond, VA classical cooperative the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble (ACE) is now booking house concerts!  But don’t expect these to be snooty, formal affairs.  ACE’s goal is to present eclectic, interactive programs involving lights and theater that don’t feel like traditional chamber concerts.  This means venues like your living room or backyard tent might be right up their alley!

The 11-member collective is mostly comprised of musicians from the Richmond Symphony and Virginia Commonwealth University.  Their unique combination of instruments and interests frees them up to tackle different styles and rarely heard works by both past and present day composers.  This accessible yet experimental approach to the chamber concert experience should fill a void in the Richmond music community.

ACE gave its inaugural concert on September 26th at VCU’s Singleton Performing Arts Center, performing works by Shostakovich, Barber and Martinů.  The Atlantic Chamber Ensemble has also been named ensemble in residence at WCVE Public Radio (88.9FM).  This means their performances and in-studio concerts will get to be heard by the thousands of listeners who tune in over the air or via WCVE’s program stream. 

For booking inquiries and to find out how you can host your own house concert featuring the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, contact clarinetist Ralph Skiano at

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