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ADCA: Changing the Face of Chamber Music!



America’s Dream Chamber Artists (ADCA) is America’s newest and most exciting chamber music society. Something of this scope and vision has not been created in the classical music world for over 30 years. ADCA is changing the face of chamber music by enlivening its future- by presenting chamber music in a renewed and energized manner, making it approachable and enjoyable to all kinds of audiences.

 

ADCA’s dynamic and inspiring performances represent a fresh approach to chamber music that challenges tradition, taking one right to the core of what chamber music was always meant to be, by removing the formality of the concert hall and replacing it with a more personal relationship with the audience. ADCA’s continual goal is to promote the art of classical music, through its performances and by providing vital educational and outreach programs to the community.

 

What We Do

Founded in New York City by cellist Arash Amini and flutist Eveline Kuhn, ADCA presents programs of chamber music masterworks, ranging from the Baroque to Contemporary periods, with new freedom and expression. It is ADCA’s intent to focus on these masterworks, some more well known than others, which are slowly being neglected in this world of the growing desire to perform more and more new music. Although ADCA does perform one piece by a living composer in nearly each of its programs, it is the strong desire to bring about a resurgence of the great chamber music masterworks in which ADCA is making, and will continue to make, its artistic mark on our society. These pieces range from works for two instruments to works for ensembles of up to 13 musicians. Some of ADCA’s programs also include a Concerto, performed without a conductor- bringing a truly new and innovative concept to a chamber music society.

It is ADCA’s intention to make program notes a thing of the past. In a laid-back setting, ADCA’s Artist Members share some of their insights with the audience about each piece before it is performed, thus making program notes unnecessary and further focusing the audience’s attention entirely to the stage. The performers also say a few interesting things about themselves to the audience, from the stage, and are on hand after performances, not only to meet and greet audience members but also to answer any questions they might have.

ADCA performed its Debut Concert and its 2004-2005 Inaugural Season at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York. Its Inaugural Season featured the brilliant, young violinist Ilya Gringolts and the now former Principal Flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Michael Parloff, as Guest Artist soloists; the dazzling harpist Bridget Kibbey as Artist Member soloist; and world-renowned, master harpsichordist Lionel Party as Guest Artist. Ballet legend Christopher Fleming created a newly choreographed version of Paul Schoenfield’s Café Music for Piano Trio, especially for ADCA, which featured New York’s Contrast Dance Theatre and Philadelphia’s The Rock School as Special Guests.

ADCA’s 2005-2006 season included performances at Symphony Space’s Wall to Wall Stravinsky marathon with the Riverside Choral Society; on the Northwest Corner Young Artist Series in Sharon, Connecticut; and in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, presented by MidAmerica Productions and featuring the World Premiere of the beautiful and moving Elegy for Solo Clarinet, English Horn, Harp, and Strings by the renowned and highly respected Iranian composer Behzad Ranjbaran, with one of the most sought-after clarinetists in the country, Alan R. Kay, as Guest Artist.

ADCA’s past four seasons have included performances on The Discovery Series at The Barns at Wolf Trap; the University of Oregon’s Chamber Music Series in Eugene; Symphony Space’s String Theory Series, in collaboration with the remarkable violinist and composer Mark O’Connor; a tour of the Midwest; as well as performances in San Diego’s Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall; at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania- for the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Masterpieces: Chamber Music program; Hamilton College, Utica, Oneonta, and Merrick, New York; Western Connecticut State University and Middlebury, Connecticut; Jacksonville Beach, Florida; Blue Hill, Maine; and Mississippi State University. ADCA is a Daniel Pearl World Music Days Artist, sharing World Music Days’ vision of “Harmony for Humanity”, and all of its 2008-2009 season concerts were dedicated in memory of Daniel Pearl.

ADCA has been featured in
Chamber Music and Muso magazines, is included in a book called The Savvy Musician by David Cutler, and has appeared twice on WQXR’s McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase and on Voice of America television and Internet broadcasts worldwide. ADCA has performed to benefit Reprieve and Architecture for Humanity’s San Diego Chapter. ADCA’s debut CD, recorded by multi-Grammy Award winning recording producer and engineer Da-Hong Seetoo, will be released in the near future.

Groundbreaking Collaboration=New Image

ADCA has established a groundbreaking collaboration between classical music, photography, and elite fashion, working closely with superstar fashion and celebrity photographer Leslie Kee and his renowned team of stylists, hair, makeup, and set design crew, thus creating a modern and trendy visual image never achieved before in the classical music world. With this fresh, new image, ADCA intends to break all tradition associated with classical music performances by proving that classical musicians do not, and should not, need to perform while dressing in conventional, conservative concert clothing, such as suits, tuxedos, tails, or the ever popular “all-black”.

Who We Are

ADCA’s 55 Artist Members are an elite group of the country’s most superb, young musicians, representing an enormous diversity of classical music backgrounds. They travel from all over the U.S. and abroad to perform in ADCA and include numerous past winners of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and international solo and chamber music competitions. They have performed at the most prominent music festivals in the world, including the Marlboro, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Aspen, Caramoor, La Jolla, Santa Fe, Pacific, Lucerne, and Verbier festivals. Most of ADCA’s members are also top-rate soloists in their own right and have performed on nearly every continent of the globe, including at the most prestigious venues of the world’s major artistic centers. They also perform throughout the world in ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Formosa Quartet, and the Enso String Quartet, among many others. ADCA’s members are graduates of the country’s top musical institutions, including The Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory, the Yale School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the Mannes College of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Each member brings to ADCA a tremendously high quality of artistry.

For more info, visit
www.adcany.org


 

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