Atlanta Chamber Players performing at The Shakespeare Tavern on November 18, 2019, their last live concert before the pandemic shut down their live concerts. L-R: Helen Hwaya Kim, violin; Catherine Lynn, viola; Elizabeth Pridgen, piano; Brad Ritchie, cello; Brice Andrus, horn, and Ted Gurch, clarinet. (credit: Greg Mooney)

Atlanta Chamber Players launch 2020-21 season

EarRelevant Staff | 08 OCT 2020

ATLANTA, GA– This morning, the Atlanta Chamber Players announced their 2020-21 concert season – the ensemble’s 45th consecutive season. Four concerts, involving both in-person and virtual experiences, are planned in metro-Atlanta, intended to highlight the group’s flexible instrumentation and range of classical chamber repertoire.


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ACP’s 2019-20 season was cut short in mid-March when the COVID-19 pandemic compelled cancellation of the remainder of their scheduled concerts. Absent the opportunity to perform before a live, in-person audience, the group participated in a pair of live-streamed-only concerts from First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta in collaboration with the Georgian Chamber Players, Emory Chamber Music Society and Concerts@First in June and August.

The continued threat from the pandemic delayed finalization of plans for ACP’s 2020-21 season until this past week. This morning’s revelation of those plans comes much later in the year than the group typically announces them. Here’s the lineup as it stands today:

The Atlanta Chamber Players’ 2020-21 Season

  • Friday, October 23, 2020 @ First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
    The season-opening concert features two much-anticipated world premieres by Atlanta composer David Kirkland Garner entitled Crow and Melt. Scored for a mixed ensemble of clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, cello and piano, these works are an ideal celebration of this historic 45th season. The remainder of the program will feature works of Beethoven to mark his 250th anniversary year. This concert will be live streamed on First Presbyterian Church’s website, with a limited number of in-person tickets available.
  • Sunday, January 17th, 2021 @ Walter Hill Auditorium (Woodruff Arts Center)
    Returning early in the new year, ACP will conclude the sixth cycle of the Rapido! National Composition Contest with the competition’s final round, which will be live-streamed in addition to accommodating a live audience. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Spano will head an esteemed judging panel to select a grand prize-winning composer from the five finalists from across the country. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians Alcides Rodriguez, Justin Bruns, Catherine Lynn and Brad Ritchie will premiere all five works.
  • Sunday, March 7th, 2021 @ Ahavath Achim Synagogue
    ASO Principal Clarinetist Laura Ardan is featured in Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Quintet alongside Helen Kim, Kenn Wagner, Catherine Lynn and Brad Ritchie, while the dramatic Piano Quintet of César Franck will feature ASO Concertmaster David Coucheron.
  • Sunday, May 16, 2021 @ First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
    The ACP concludes its 45th season with a performance of American music, including the ever-popular Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin in a version for string quintet and piano, and the exuberant Café Music for piano trio by Paul Schoenfield.

The Atlanta Chamber Players will also be presented in concert at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia on Monday, April 12th, 2021.

For more information, visit atlantachamberplayers.com   ■


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