Monday, May 30, 2016

The 2016 Summer Chamber Music Line-up

Go to "Our Programs" to see the selections for this summer's concert series.

2016 Hop River Music Program!!

Friends and Music Lovers, can you believe that this is the 38th season in the life of the Hop River Chamber Music organization? Spring always brings thoughts of July and of the three concerts that will enrich our lives. We hope to see you at 7:30 p.m. on July 14, 21, & 28 at the First Congregational Church (UCC) on the corner of Route 6 and Long Hill Rd. in Andover.

The Board of Directors meets three times a year: in the fall to evaluate the summer concerts, and in February and April to plan for the next season. We are pleased to welcome Dan Warren, Andover resident and HR music enthusiast. He is working to strengthen a sense of community in Andover and believes that HRCM can be a part of that vision.

The Artistic Directors, Fran Bard, Gary Chapman and Barbara Vaughan, have made musical selections that you won’t want to miss! In addition to the core HR musicians, they will be joined by Scott Chaurette (bass), Laurel Thurman (violin), and Barbara Hopkins (flute).

To stimulate your musical palate, the first concert offers works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Astor Piazzolla and Antonın Dvořák. (Doesn’t Oblivion for Clarinet & Strings sound intriguing?) The musicians have been invited to perform this program at Covenant Village of Cromwell, an active retirement community. Its residents rival Andover audiences in their enthusiasm for HRCM performances.

The second concert will feature music of the Bach Family, including J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major and selected Preludes & Fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Sonata No. 5 in A minor for Flute & Continuo represents a stylistic departure from the music of his father, Johann Sebastian.

For the final concert, two pieces new to our audience will be performed. Overture on Hebrew Themes by Sergei Prokofiev and Trio for Clarinet, Violin & Piano by Eric Ewazen. Ending the season will be beloved music by Johannes Brahms, his Quintet in F Minor for Piano & Strings.

Great news about the Commissioning Project! A prominent composer has agreed to create a work to be premiered in 2018. To find out who it is, you’ll need to attend one of the July concerts.

It is essential that we receive your strong financial support through donations at the door — $10 is suggested — and philanthropic contributions of greater amounts. To make a contribution, please complete the form below, detach, and return it with your check payable to “Hop River Chamber Music”. Contributors whose checks are received by June 30 will be acknowledged in the program booklet. HRCM, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions to it are tax-deductible. Many Thanks!

I look forward to seeing you at our July concerts.

Carolyn Lester, President, Board of Directors

Friday, July 17, 2015

2015 Season wind-up

The 2015 Hop River Chamber Music Series concludes its season this Thursday, July 23 at 7:30 pm at the First Congregational Church in Andover, Connecticut. Line-up includes Thomas Labadorf on clarinet performing Mozart's beloved Quintet for clarinet and string quartet joined by Karin Fagerburg, Barbara Vaughan (violins), Barbara Wiggin (viola), and Eric Dahlin (cello). Labadorf, Fagerburg and Dahlin regroup to perform a little known but great work, Hans Gál's Serenade for clarinet, violin, and cello. The program is rounded off with a rare performance of Brahms' Sextet in G joined by Fran Bard (cello) and Mary Ellen Briga (violin).

This is sure to be a fantastic program and a fabulous way to end the 2015 season!

Friday, June 13, 2014

2014 Hop River Concert Programs announced!

Hop River Chamber Players will usher in its 36th concert season starting on July 10 at 7:30 PM. Concerts, presented on three consecutive Thursday evenings in July, are held at the First Congregational Church on Route 6 in Andover, CT. The programs consist of new and old favorite works guaranteed to calm your spirits in this pleasant historic (and air conditioned) setting. Hope to see you all there!

For program listing, click on the "Our Programs" tag above.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Keep tuned! (...pardon our pun ;-) ) 2014 concert series coming soon!

Preview : 2014 Summer Series!

Mark your calendars! This year's concerts will be July 10, 17, and 24.

Works this summer by Franz Peter Schubert, Antonín Leopold Dvořák, and Ernst von Dohnányi for starters. Complete programs will be posted in the near future.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

2013 Hop River Concert Season begins!!

The 2013 summer season rolls out its schedule with exciting new music mixed with some of our favorite standard warhorses.

 July 11 opens the series with Gary Chapman performing works inspired by the dance of the Tango. Stravinky and Piazzolla (joined by Eric Dahlin) are featured. Thanks to a request from one of our avid audience members, we include the Trio in D Minor by Gabriel Fauré.

July 18 continues with an Americana theme. The Harmonia V woodwind quintet is featured with the soothing sounds of Barber's Summer Music. Gary Chapman compliment the program with American composers Aaron Copland, David Amram, and Frederic Rzewski. The full cast of this program joins forces in Lee Hoiby's Sextet for Winds and Piano.

July 25 draws inspiration from Mozart and Brahms with a fine blend of soprano, piano, strings and French horn augmenting the program with music of Hugo Wolf and Richard Strauss.

This promises to be a fantastic season! Hope to see a full house!

Click on the "2013 summer series" tab above for more details.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Annette and Barbara prepare the Ives Violin Sonata "Children's Day at the Camp Meeting" and are inspired to pose under the Willimantic Camp Meeting sign on Windham Street. 

They have already started rehearsals. Barbara says, "It is a wonderful piece!"