Friday, November 30, 2018
Faith United Church of Christ
- Martinu Nonet No. 2, H.374 (1959)
- Nielsen Serenata in vano, FS 68 (1914)
- Strauss/Hasenöhrl Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders (Till Eulenspiegel Differently), Op. 28
- Spohr Nonet in F Major, Op. 31
The Walden Chamber Players are old friends of the CMSOB audience, although a fresh selection of artists and instrumentation appear for each visit. Founded in 1997, the Boston-based group mixes and matches its twelve string, piano, and wind artists for concerts and residencies. Programming is similarly eclectic, blending and contrasting sources and styles, classical and contemporary. In this appearance, nine Walden musicians—violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn—will perform some unexpected treasures.
The ensemble is named for Walden Pond, where American writer Henry David Thoreau famously reflected on nature, the individual, and society. It is not surprising, then, that educational outreach is taken seriously by the group and that “Music and the Social Conscience” is one of its most popular offerings, recently garnering The Gold Star Award of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. While the Walden artists love nurturing performers at such prestigious institutions as the New England Conservatory of Music and Julliard, they are equally committed to engaging non-professional listeners and take pride in such long-standing residencies as the one at the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science.