The Apple Hill Chamber Players

Capping off a day that had begun with Morris Dancing and a Maypole Dance on the Common (more details and photos shortly), the Apple Hill Chamber Players presented their final program in the 2008 – 2009 Monadnock Region Concert Series in the Nelson Congregational Church, at 3:00 p.m.

The Apple Hill Chamber Players:    Sarah Kim, violin;  Rupert Thompson, cello;  Mike Kelley, viola;  Elise Kuder, violin

The Apple Hill Chamber Players: Sarah Kim, violin; Rupert Thompson, cello; Mike Kelley, viola; Elise Kuder, violin

It is quite amazing to have a world class chamber group making their home right here in Nelson. Their spirited playing provided an enriched perspective on some quite diverse material. The concert opened with Three Fantasias by Heny Purcell (1659 – 1695). This was followed by the lively and simply gorgeous String Quartet in C minor by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827). Intermission provided friends and neighbors with a good chance to chat, and enjoy some nice home made goodies. The final piece on the program was the powerful String Quartet #8 in C minor by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975), which, as the audience was warned in advance, was a movingly depressing piece of music (though rendered exquisitely). Thankfully, the Players offered a short Bach Air as an encore, so as not to end on quite so somber a note.

For more information about the Apple Hill Chamber Players and their 2009 Summer Concert Series, you can visit their web site at www.applehill.org

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