2021-22 concert dates

Chamber Players of the Redwoods

2021-22 Season

Our second concert is Sunday, January 30, 2022, 2 pm, at Lutheran Church of ARCATA.
We will follow pandemic guidance and venue requirements in place at concert-time.
Please check back for further information.


November 7, 2021
    Christ Episcopal Church, EUREKA
    15th and H Sts, EUREKA
Please wear a mask covering nose and mouth, and bring proof of vaccination. Capacity: 60
Start time is 3 pm
[Pacific Standard Time]

Some program notes and bios

Arcata Bay Quartet
Arcata Bay Quartet standing amongst trees, holding instruments
Garrick Woods, cello | Cindy Moyer, violin | Sherry Hanson, viola | Karen Davy, violin

1. No Mystery    ~5:00    Chick Corea (1941-2021)
Arr. David Balakrishnan--Turtle Island Quartet

2. Strum    ~7:00    Jessie Montgomery (1981- )

Four Seasons Horn Quartet
Four Seasons Horn Quartet standing on grass, holding instruments
Gwenda Eliason, horn | Michael Robertson, horn | Don Bicknell, horn | Dick LaForge, horn

1. WaldMusik    ~1:45    Walter Rein (1893-1955)
    Movement V: “Blas ab!”

2. Six Quartets    ~3:00    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)    Arranger: Verne Reynolds
    Movement 1: Adagio

3.Madrigals    ~6:30    (Transcribed by Marvin C. Howe)
    I. In These Delightful, Pleasant Groves    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    II. The Nightingale    Thomas Bateson (1570-1630)
    III. Phyllis, Farewell    Thomas Bateson (1570-1630)
    IV. Elves’ Dance    John Bennet (1575?-1614?)

4. Frippery No. 9, “Charleston” (1969)    ~1:25    Lowell E. Shaw (1930- )

Wind Energy
Wind Energy quintet standing, holding instruments
Aaron Lopez, bassoon | Anwyn Halliday, horn | Michael Kibbe, oboe | Jill Petricca, flute | Paul Cummings, clarinet

1. Petite Suite by Claude Debussy (1862-1918) arranged by Gordon Davies
    1. En Bateau (a Boat)
    2. Cortège (Procession)
    3. Menuet
    4. Ballet

2. Lullabic Digressions (1964) by Valgene Phillips (1935-2021)
    Theme with five variations

January 30, 2022
    Lutheran Church of ARCATA
    151 East 16th St, ARCATA

Please wear a mask covering nose and mouth, and bring proof of vaccination. Capacity: 60
Start time is 2 pm

Some program notes and bios

Duo Violano
Duo Violano: 2 players in front of piano and viola
Jennifer Heidmann, piano | Sherry Hanson, viola

Romanze, op. 50    ~21:00     Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Humboldt Harmoniemusik
Humboldt Harmoniemusik: 9 wind players holding instruments
Back Row, left to right: Danny Gaon, Aaron Lopez, bassoons | Virginia Ryder, Susan Sisk, oboes | Gary Lewis, flute
Front Row, left to right: Don Bicknell, Anwyn Halliday, horns | Gwen Gastineau-Ayoob, Kenneth Ayoob, clarinets

Petite Symphonie    ~25:00    Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
    Adagio et Allegretto
    Andante cantabile

North Coast Brass Ensemble
North Coast Brass Ensemble: 5 players holding brass instruments
Dan Aldag, trombone | Tom Hyde, trumpet | Chris Cox, trumpet | Ronite Gluck, horn | Fred Tempas, tuba

1. A Newfoundland Sketch (1978)    ~4:30    Howard Cable (1920-2016)

2. Trigonometry (2021)    ~12:30    Zachary Smith
    1. “A Cute Sign”
    2. “Obviously Obtuse”
    3. “I Saw Celeste”
    4. “180 Degrees of Separation”
    5. “Equilateral Damage”

May 1, 2022
    Christ Episcopal Church, EUREKA
    15th and H Sts, EUREKA


“Music you love played by musicians you know” is the motto and mission of the Chamber Players of the Redwoods. We present three free concerts per year representing the best of classical chamber music in all genres and configurations, and provide local musicians a venue for performance.

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Chamber Players of the Redwoods (CPOTR) is the North Coast element of an international community of chamber music players and an outgrowth of the annual Humboldt Chamber Music Workshops which have taken place at Humboldt State University since 1957, involving hundreds of musicians each year from across the nation. Many North Coast musicians take part in the HSU workshops, and form chamber ensembles to enjoy year-round playing of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and other composers of masterworks.

In the Spring of 2007, three local chamber groups joined forces to present a public concert. With the cooperation of Dr. Kenneth Ayoob, then Chair of the Humboldt State University Music Department, a concert was organized by Val Phillips, a horn player, retired dean and Emeritus Director of the Humboldt Chamber Music Workshops, HSU’s Fulkerson Recital Hall and a grand piano were made available.

On May 13, 2007, these groups of chamber musicians presented
Friends of Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds, K 452, W.A. Mozart
  Felicia Oldfather, piano; Ellen Weiss, oboe; Gwen Gasteneau-Ayoob, clarinet; Valgene Phillips, horn; Justin Sousa, Bassoon
Meadowood String Quartet: Quartet in G, F.J Haydn; Tango, Carlos Gardel
  Betty Bliss, Marilyn Page, violins, Stefan Vaughn, viola, Eric Jones, 'cello
Springville Horn Quartet: Concertino, Alexander Mitushin; Two Pieces, Nikolai Tcherepnin; Audiation Set, Val Phillips; Two Fripperies, Lowell Shaw
  Horns: Michael Thompson, Robert Peoples, Christina Foreman, Valgene Phillips

The 2007 concert was viewed as a “pilot project” to see how to design a new venture on the North Coast art music scene. Val Phillips continued to organize concerts while work went on. There were questions: Would players form groups?? They did, and do, new ones each season. Would listeners attend live chamber performances? They do. How would we get the word out? We developed a system—posters, email broadsides, press releases, public service announcements. Which halls can we play in? We searched and found wonderful venues in beautiful, acoustically warm halls in Humboldt County. Should we form a non-profit? Yes. Chamber Players Of The Redwoods became a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation in 2010, great thanks to Renee Taylor, our accountant. Would we have a working Board of Directors. Yes, all 8 form a fine team. All have tasks. Our concerts are free, donations welcome. Would that approach pay the bills? We rely on listener contributions at the concerts. And yes, it does pay the bills.

Our mission—serve musicians with performance opportunities, serve North Coast listeners with live art music by composers of masterworks – is serving our community.


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