BSO Chamber Players Conclude Season with an All-English program
The Boston Symphony Chamber Players’ 2011–12 season comes to a close April 22 with a program of English music to be performed at the New England Conservatory. Two early works by Benjamin Britten bracket the concert: his Phantasy Quartet for oboe and string trio, Op. 2, to begin, and his Sinfonietta for winds and strings, Op. 1, to close. Also on the program are Court Studies by composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès; Elgar’s youthful Serenade in E minor for strings, Op. 20; and Gordon Jacob’s 1956 Sextet in B-flat for piano and winds. This program completes the season-long theme of featuring works by composers from different geographic regions. An all-Czech program with works by Dvorak, Janacek, and Martinu opened the 2011-12 season on October 16, 2011; the January 22 concert featured Austro-German works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms; and the March 25 program showcased Russian works by Tchaikovsky, Liadov, Stravinsky, and Gubaidulina. The Boston Symphony Chamber Players features string, woodwind, and brass players from the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The April 22 concert features BSO players Malcolm Lowe, violin; Haldan Martinson, violin; Steven Ansell, viola; Martha Babcock, cello; and Edwin Barker, bass.