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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

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Posted November 21, 1997
The Music at Hamilton Artists Series presents the world-renownedAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble on Friday, November 21, 1997 at 8:00 pm. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields was formed in 1959 by a group of eleven enthusiastic musicians with the aim of giving concert performances without a conductor. Its first three recordings proved so successful that a recording

contract with Argo soon followed. As its repertoire expanded from the Academy's principal violinist, Neville Mariner, to conduct the enlarged orchestra. Today, the Academy performs and records orchestral music from all periods.

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to perform larger chamber music works, from quintets to octets, with players who regularly work together rather than the more customary configuration of a string quartet with guest artists. Comprised of principal players from the Academy, the Chamber Ensemble tours in the United Kingdom and abroad.

The concert at Hamilton College will include the following selections: Sextet in B-flat Major, Op. 18 Anton Dvorak (1841-1904), Prelude and Scherzo for Octet, Op. 11 Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) and Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847).

Tickets for the Academy of St. Martin in the Field Chamber Ensemble concert at Hamilton College's Wellin Hall are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. For more information, call the Hamilton College Performing Arts Ticket Office at (315) 859-4331.


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