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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

November 4, 2023 – 7pm @ Southern Theatre 

The Academy Chamber Ensemble was formed in 1967, drawing its membership from the world-renowned chamber orchestra the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, which was itself founded by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 and is currently led by Music Director Joshua Bell.  The purpose behind the formation of the Chamber Ensemble was to perform the larger scale chamber music repertoire with players who customarily worked together, instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests.  Drawn from the principal players of the orchestra and play-directed by Academy Director/Leader Tomo Keller, the Chamber Ensemble now performs in multiple configurations from wind trios to string octets.  Its touring commitments are extensive and include regular tours of Europe and North America, whilst recording contracts with Philips Classics, Hyperion, and Chandos have led to the release of over thirty CDs.  The Academy Chamber Ensemble’s tours of the United States and Canada are supported by Maria Cardamone and Paul Matthews, together with the American Friends of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. The American Friends was founded in 1998 to support the work of the Academy around the world, particularly in the USA.  Find out more at

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble is presented through special arrangement with David Rowe Artists, 24 Bessom Street, #4, Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945.

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Special support for this concert has been provided by generous donations to the Sally Griffiths Fund of Chamber Music Columbus.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Tomo Keller, violin
Harvey De Souza, violin
Robert Smissen, viola
Richard Harwood, cello
Lynda Houghton, double bass
Timothy Orpen, clarinet
Julie Price, bassoon
Stephen Stirling, horn
The Fifth Sally Griffiths Fund Concert

Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
    Serenata in vano, FS 68 (composed 1914)

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
    String Quintet in G major, op. 77 (B. 49) (composed 1875)
       Allegro con fuoco
       Scherzo: Allegro vivace
       Poco andante
       Finale: Allegro assai


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Septet in E-flat major, op. 20 (composed 1799-1800)
       Adagio; Allegro con brio
       Adagio cantabile
       Tempo di Menuetto
       Tema con variazioni: Andante
       Scherzo: Allegro molto e vivace
       Andante con moto alla Marcia; Presto

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