What is a Play-In? A Play-In is an event where musicians gather and “read” chamber music for pure pleasure. Play-Ins can be large or small, public or private; it is up to the host to decide. Play-Ins are not performances, but some include non-playing listeners. Play-Ins bring together players, often meeting for the first time, to share in the mutual love of recreational chamber music playing. Connections are made, friendships are formed, and players who meet at Play-In events often go on to play music together throughout the year.
In the 1960s, an ACMP tradition emerged. Early in March, members came together to play Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, in part as an organized homage to long-time ACMP president, Helen Rice. In the decades since, ACMP members have hosted innumerable Play-Ins: structured events for 20 to 100 players, duos in apartment living rooms, and everything in-between. In 2013, ACMP successfully revived the tradition of an organized, worldwide event. From a mall in Boston to a hotel lobby in Shizouka, Japan to a hospital in Tel Aviv, ACMP members joined together at Play-In events that celebrated the joy of chamber music making.
The mission of ACMP – The Chamber Music Network (www.acmp.net) is to stimulate and expand the playing of chamber music for pleasure among musicians of all ages and skill levels, worldwide, by connecting people and supporting chamber music activities for individuals, groups and institutions.
Since publishing the first directory in 1950, ACMP has brought together thousands of musicians, fostering life-long friendships and connecting the global community. In addition, the ACMP Foundation has provided grants and awards totaling more than five million dollars to support chamber music activities and institutions. For more information see www.acmp.net