Opus 2: An afternoon of chamber music

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The Coeur d’Alene Chamber Music Society will continue to celebrate our nation’s birthday on Sunday, July 8, with a concert of chamber music.

The performance is free and will be at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 812 N. Fifth St., Coeur d’Alene.

The concert will open with the brass quintet CdABrassX5. Their program will include William Schuman’s “Chester.” The American Revolutionary War anthem is given special treatment in this setting for brass quintet. The audience is encouraged to feel free to sing along with the quintet’s “Tribute to George Cohan.” Next they will slow things down with a beautiful arrangement of “America the Beautiful.” The quintet will end its part of the concert with a collection of “Sea Songs.”

New to the Coeur d’Alene Chamber Music Society this concert, Flutonics, a flute ensemble, will be playing two pieces: “Etude No 2” by R H Baptiste, and “From the Magic Flute” by W. A. Mozart. The third group on the program is North Idaho Trumpet Ensemble. Their set will open up “Canzon Septimi Toni a 8 No. 1” by Renaissance Giovanni Gabrieli. Gabrieli is responsible for some of the earliest brass ensemble music.

Next on the program is a piece by Kim Andre Arnesen, “Even When He Is Silent.” The original composition comes from a four-part treble-voiced a cappella work, but this arrangement presents the text in a new light. The power of eight trumpets allows this work to take a whole new shape with regard to sonic impact, but is still reflective of the original subtlety that Arnesen used is his setting for voice. The newest piece on their program will be next. “New Century – 2000 A.D.” by David Uber, is a fanfaresque piece with a rousing style. That piece will be followed by local composers Tom Tucker’s arrangement of the Ellington classic “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me.” Tucker’s arrangement will feature Albert Einstein Lassiter and David Copper on flugelhorns. The concert will end with a transcription of the famous Percy Grainger arrangement of “Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonnie Doon.”

The Chamber Music Society likes to pay tribute to a local charity on each concert.

This concert’s charity is Family Promise of North Idaho. Family Promise shelters families with children. The nonprofit gives single mothers, single fathers, and couples with children a safe place to get back on their feet. The Family Promise Day Center assures that families have a place to be each day, to work toward sustainability with the aid of their case manager. Powered by extensive volunteerism, Family Promise of North Idaho works to assure families are provided access to transportation, employment, education, child care, health care and benefits that will lead to housing. Families are sheltered through a network of congregations for the overnight stay. With 550 volunteers, Family Promise can host a family for up to 90 days. Family Promise is supported by community businesses, United Way, Panhandle Wealth and Trust Management and individual donors

The Coeur d’Alene Chamber Music Society was created to give local musicians a chance to perform chamber music. The hope is that these concerts will be the beginning of a continuous series of opportunities for musicians to form small ensembles and have a place to perform. For more information contact Terry Jones at cdabrassquintet@gmail.com

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