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Chamber Group Performs at NECC

Submitted by on March 22, 2011 – 10:14 am

Mike Finegold

The music of composers Bach, Goossens, and McKinley will be performed by the Essex Chamber Music Players, in residence at Northern Essex Community College, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, in the college’s Tech Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. The featured players are flutist Michael G. Finegold, cellist Emmanuel Feldman, and pianist David A. Pihl.

The program will include Eugene Goossens’ “Five Impressions of a Holiday for Flute, Violoncello and Piano”. Although better known as a conductor, Sir Eugene Goossens was also a noted composer, who wrote this piece when he was 21. It reveals both the influence of the French Impressionists of the time (1914) and his youthful appreciation of a bucolic vacation.

J. S. Bach’s “Suite # 5 in C minor for solo cello”—described by the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich as “a symphony for solo cello” and the essence of Bach’s genius—will also be on the program.

William Thomas McKinley’s world premiere of “Groove Pieces for Flute, Cello and Piano” includes ingenious, powerfully concentrated movements, each displaying different clearly articulated grooves (ostinatos), such as might be found in a ragtime, blues, samba, or funk-jazz synthesis. Of this piece, ECMP’s Artistic Director and flutist Michael G. Finegold says, “McKinley’s Groove Pieces” are much akin to the music of George Gershwin but in the present time. It is a virtuosic piece extraordinaire composed for ECMP and especially myself.”

The Essex Chamber Music Players motto is “Music for the 21st Century, Music Treasures of the Past, New Music Premieres”. General Admission is $15, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. NECC students with an ID will be admitted free.

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