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Classicopia brings "Brahms and the Blues" to TPCC

NORTHCREEK-Tannery Pond Community Center will continue its tradition of providing the region with a wide sampling of classical music and bring Classicopia back to its performance hall. The exciting chamber music group is based in New Hampshire and returns to North Creek Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m., with a program called "Brahms and the Blues."

Artistic Director and pianist Daniel Weiser returns with two young stars from the prestigious Indiana University School of Music - violinist Rachel Patrick and French horn player John Reem.

The program will include the passionate Horn Trio by Johannes Brahms as well as some blues-inspired works by Gershwin, Ravel, and African-American composer William Grant Still. Both Patrick and Reem have already performed across the U.S., in Europe, and Japan.

Patrick has won numerous competitions and recently released her first CD, with music by Strauss, Ravel and more. Weiser, who was a founding member of the Adirondack Ensemble, recently moved to Asheville, North Carolina where he is expanding Classicopia's reach into Western North Carolina. Classicopia was co-founded by Weiser and President Marcia Colligan in 2001 in Hanover, New Hampshire and has performed over 350 concerts in New England and beyond since that time.

This ever-changing ensemble is dedicated to presenting the highest quality chamber music in intimate venues and non-traditional spaces with the aim of breaking down all artificial barriers between audience and performers.

At every concert, Weiser tells interesting stories about the composers and music to be performed and sets up a relaxed and informal atmosphere that promotes a more complete enjoyment and understanding of the works that are heard. Each program is a different combination of great young performers, ranging from vocal concerts to four-hand piano to various chamber music with strings, winds, or brass.

This is chamber music the way it was meant to be heard - in a beautiful, intimate space with the energy and vitality it needs and deserves, according to Thomas Forrest of Upper Hudson Musical Arts.

The concert is presented by Upper Hudson Musical Arts. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call 681-1715 or visit www.upperhudsonmusicalarts.org. The concert is made possible in part with funds from The New york State Council on the Arts, a State agency. For more information on Classicopia, visit www.classicopia.org.

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