Published February 17, 2005
The Riverside Chamber Players offer chamber music performed by symphony players in a comfortable family atmosphere on a Sunday afternoon. Add the ambiance of St. Andrew Church on the banks of the Chattahoochee River and the invitation to listen and learn about the works from the players themselves, and to meet them, is all the more appealing.
Formed in February 2003 by cellist Joel Dallow, a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and of St. Andrew Church, the Riverside Chamber Players’ mission is “to present chamber music performances of the highest professional quality while providing arts, educational and cultural enrichment for the local communities.” Dallow is the artistic director. The other members are violinists Sou-Chun Su and Kenn Wagner and violist Catherine Lynn, all ASO musicians.
The next performance will be Sunday, March 6, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell. The concert will feature the Georgia premiere of a work by the late renowned composer, actor and pianist, Dudley Moore, entitled “Fantasy on a Gypsy Breeze,” and the Schubert Quintet for String Quartet and Cello.
The performance will feature a casual atmosphere with an open discussion between the two works. There will be conversation about the music and a question and answer session with audience members. The concert will be followed by a “meet the artists” reception for the whole family.
Featured performers on March 6 will be Helen Kim and Sou-Chun Su, violins; Catherine Lynn, viola; Joel Dallow and Brad Ritchie, cellos; Maya Alatasi, piano; Linda Morgan, narrator; and Charles Settle, percussion. Ritchie and Settle are also members of the ASO. Kim has performed in Atlanta and around the country as a soloist. Morgan is music director at St. Andrew. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and free for students and children.
In a review of the inaugural concert by the Riverside Chamber Players last November, Atlanta Journal Constitution writer Pierre Ruhe said the group provided a “goosebump moment” in performing Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 74. “People will return again and again to experience that sort of momentary euphoria,” he said.
Tickets are available at the door, on-line, or by calling Joel Dallow at (770) 355-2556. Visit www.riversidechamberplayers.org for tickets, directions or concert information.