Chamber Project St. Louis Announces 2019/20 Season - "Confluence"

Season Twelve begins on 9/7 at the 560 Music Center Each concert features music of locally connected composers, including three world premieres.
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ST. LOUIS - July 15, 2019 - PRLog -- CPSTL presents their twelfth season of unique chamber music concerts beginning September 7 at the 560 Music Center. The overarching theme of Season 12 is inspired by local geography: the confluence of two mighty rivers. The blending of two sources to create something new inspires a creative mix music and ideas. From tried and true classics to music that's never been heard before, the dynamic programs for next season are sure to please. Each concert is a unique experience brought to you by some of the best musicians in the region.

Six programs link the music a locally connected composer to music from around the world through unique concert themes; WINDOW, RESILIENT, BEAUTY, RECESS, TENACITY and CONFLUENCE. The audience currates the Audience Choice Concert by voting for their favorite music all season. Season highlights include a new partnership with the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and a debut in a new exciting space, projects+gallery. In April our annual collaboration with the Missouri History Museum continues as part of the Mighty Mississippi exhibit. Fan favorite venues the 560 Music Center, The Chapel Venue and The Schlafly Tap Room round out an exciting season.

CPSTL offers a unique concert experience where the audience is invited into an active listening experience and presents these concerts in both traditional and non-traditional concert venues including Schlafly Tap Room, the Chapel Venue, projects+plus art gallery and The Missouri History Museum. From the concert hall to the brewery, CPSTL provides all people a gateway to classical music. Our chamber music programming is a balance of the transformative music of past generations, with the realization that we are not just the inheritors and interpreters of music of the past. We have a responsibility to shape an art form that is more inclusive and socially-engaged than the traditional classical canon, to broaden the repertoire, and cultivate new, meaningful and thought-provoking voices not traditionally heard in the concert hall.

Ticket prices range from $5-$25. Season Pass available until September 6. Tickets on sale now. For additional information about these programs or to purchase tickets, please visit the CPSTL website at (

Very Open Rehearsals and Sound Symposiums:

Filtering directly into our concert series are our Very Open Rehearsals, which open the first rehearsal of a piece for an upcoming concert to a live audience with an interactive twist. This type of educational program engages the participants to impact the entire process of musical creation. Sound Symposiums are hour long programs that explore more intimately a specific composer or work relating to a main stage concert.

Very Open Rehearsals and Sound Symposiums are announced throughout the season, check for more information as it becomes available.

Season 2019/20 Featured Performers

Kyle Lombard, violin; Jane Price, violin; Amy Greenhalgh, viola; Joanna Mendoza, viola;  Laura Reycraft, viola; Valentina Takova, cello; Tim Weddel, bass, Nina Ferrigno, piano, Kelly Karamanov, piano; Jennifer Gartley, flute; Cally Banham, oboe; Dana Hotle, clarinet; Tzuying Huang, clarinet; Megan Stout, harp.

Support for Chamber Project St. Louis comes from the Regional Arts Commission, the Missouri Arts Council, and the Trio Foundation of St. Louis.


Chamber Project St. Louis aspires to rejuvenate and refresh the experience of live chamber music. Seeking to explore the relationship between audience and performers, CPStL incorporates the tradition of performance in intimate spaces with the expectations of a twenty-first century audience. Blending the old and the new, we create unique, intimately social concert experiences that you don't want to miss. This is your community, come be a part of it!

Season Pass - $100 for 6 concerts - available until September 6.
Single tickets -  $18 Advance/$25 door/$5 students

WINDOW: Through the looking glass
SEPT 7, 7:30PM
The 560 Music Center

We open our twelfth season with a program challenging our senses to go beyond what we can see, with inspiration drawn from architecture specific to St Louis and a melody from the steppes of Uzbekistan. The program begins with a piece by Kristin Kuster exploring the work of architect Tadao Ando, who designed the Pulitzer Museum in St. Louis.  Khachaturian synthesizes the rhythms and melodies of his homeland into a sonic looking glass, bringing the listener to a far-away world. Music by Haydn transports us back in time to worlds both familiar and unknown. We conclude this program with a new work by St. Louis composer David Werfelmann.

Kristin Kuster, Ando: light against shade

Franz Joseph Haydn, Trio No. 2, Op. 100 for flute, violin and cello

Aram Khachaturian, Trio for clarinet, violin, and piano

David Werfelmann*, Commission - World Premiere

RESILIENT: Recovery, reflection and failing well
OCT 11, 7:30pm

Often, the lens we use to hear music changes with the passage of time. Despite early popularity, Mendelssohn was met with anti-semitism and denigration of his work. Though he was not regarded as a success during his lifetime, his work is now treasured for its creative originality. Growing up in the American South, Florence Price fought hard for her success in a country divided by race and deeply ingrained gender roles. Nearly 20 years after the heartbreaking tragedy of 9/11, Cindy McTees' Adagio provides us with a chance to respond, contemplate, and heal.

This is our first performance in an exciting new space, projects+gallery in the Central West End.

Cindy McTee*, Adagio

Florence Price, Five Folk Songs

Felix Mendelssohn, String Quintet No 2

BEAUTY: Redefining the ideal
NOV 22, 7:30pm
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Who gets to decide what's beautiful and why? From the old traditions of Brahms, to the new pop infused, multicultural sounds of Dinuk Wijerante, the music on this program will give you new ways to hear old sounds.

Dinuk Wijeratne, Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems

Syna So Pro*,  World Premiere commission

Johannes Brahms, Sextet In G major

RECESS: A musical playground
FEB 4, 7:30
Jefferson College, PACE Series

FEB 9, 7:00pm
Schlafly Tap Room

Let's have a little fun, we're performing at a brewery after all! A playful program of music for winds, this concert is sure to please. Inspired by local composer LJ White's duet for clarinets, "Big Fish", we asked him to write a new piece for this concert which also features a thrilling work by Valerie Coleman and some beloved music for winds not often heard.

LJ White, Big Fish

Jean Françaix, Sixtuor

LJ White, World Premiere - New work for wind quartet (commission)

Valerie Coleman, Tizange

TENACITY: In spite of all

MAR 12, 7:00-8:00pm

World Chess Hall of Fame

(abbreviated program)
MAR 14, 7:30pm
The Chapel Venue

TENACITY explores works by composers dealing with subjects almost too painful to bear, coupled with composers on the other side of tragedy, revealing the hope beyond the pain. Nilou Nour, a young Iranian-American composer, dives into humanity's psychological depths in a piece that reflects upon the work of the White Helmets in Syria. After serving in the front lines of both World Wars, the composer László Lajtha was responsible for the return of radio broadcasts to post-war Budapest. In his Harp Quintet, we hear the relief following the war and the survival of spirit through conflict. Opening the program is Perkinson's last unfinished work, Elegy, a symbolic finish to the work of a great African-American composer. Beautiful, haunting, and inspiring music for flute, harp and strings expresses the full range of human experience.

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Elegy

Nilou Nour*, White Helmets as Death

Jacques Ibert, Deux Interludes

László Lajtha, Harp Quintet No 2

CONFLUENCE: Convergent and divergent thinking
APRIL 17, 7:30pm
The Missouri History Museum

We frame this program, and our season, as the joining of musical ideas - as in two rivers combining to make a larger whole. In Ennanga, we hear the influence of the Ugandan harp set into Still's percussive textures. Kim Portnoy combines elements of jazz, the American musical, and classical idioms. Missouri native Shelley Washington captures her midwestern upbringing in a piece dedicated to her family in Middleground. In his last published work, globetrotting Martinů wields a lifetime of knowledge, using a palette of sounds evoking minimalism and a touch of jazz.

This is our third annual program in collaboration with the Missouri History Museum. This concert is presented as part of the Mighty Mississippi exhibit.

William Grant Still, Ennanga

Kim Portnoy*, From an Imaginary Musical

Shelley Washington*, Middleground

Bohuslav Martinů, Chamber Music No 1

Composers with * have a St. Louis or Missouri connection.

CHOICE: Your favorites
May 19, 7:30pm
The Sheldon Concert Hall

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