Mill Ave Chamber Players

The Mill Ave Chamber Players is a professional woodwind quintet based in Phoenix, Arizona that holds over 50 concerts annually.

Tenth Anniversary Season

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue...


Our tenth season’s theme is Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue with each of our series concerts will have a staple work of the woodwind quintet repertoire, a commissioned work, a transcription (a work stolen from another instrument or group of instruments!) and something blue.


the Music of Nielsen, Bach and Turner

October 6-8, 2017

Kerry Turner

Kerry Turner

Our first concert will include the Wind Quintet of Carl Nielsen, who composed this famous work in 1922 for the Copenhagen Wind Quintet. Composed with the members in mind, “the Wind Quintet composed deliberately for five friends” wrote biographer Robert Simpson, and we find it a perfect way to start our season.

For something borrowed, Rose chose a work that she has wanted to transcribe since starting MACP.  The Chaconne in D minor by J.S. Bach was composed for solo violin and later transcribed for piano by pianist Ferruccio Busoni.  Watch an engaging performance of the piece here.

Our first commission for the tenth season is by Kerry Turner. Mr. Turner composed “The Road to Tasartico” in Feburary 2017 in a co-commission by the Luxembourg Philharmonic and the Mill Ave Chamber Players. This work will be recorded by MACP for our third album in June 2018.

Season tickets and individual tickets are available here.


the Music of Ligeti, Ravel and Breadon

November 3-5, 2017

Thomas Breadon

Thomas Breadon

Arranged from his work Musica ricercata, Gyrogy Ligeti’s “Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet” was premiered in 1956, except, the last movement was censored by Soviet officials for being too “dangerous.” Ligeti used a compositional device that only used a limited amount of notes of the chromatic scale for each movement, and for the piano, starting with one single note and adding one additional note for each movement. The first movement of Six Bagatelles contains only four pitches, but is melodically incredibly interesting, shifting through rhythmic motives.

After performing transcriptions of string quartets over the past several seasons (including Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet and the American Quartet by Antonin Dvorak), Monica fell in love with the String Quartet in F major by Maurice Ravel.

New for this concert will be a composition by our very own Tom Breadon. Tom’s work for MACP includes a set of Aesop’s Fables for the quintet, which will be recorded in June 2017 and released as video on Youtube in English and Spanish.

Season tickets and individual tickets are available here.

 


the Music of Francaix, Stravinsky and Springer

February 2-4, 2018

Robert V. Springer

Robert V. Springer

 “Achieving a success beyond my wildest dreams,” is what composer Jean Francaix wrote about his first Quintet. He wrote it for members of the Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française in 1948, recalling “Even though I am, by nature, a peaceable sort of person, I did my best to be nasty. And I seem to have succeeded, for these gentlemen had to closet themselves for six months in order to get through it."

Two seasons ago, we performed a new transcription of the Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky and this season Tom has chosen to transcribe Pulcinella for MACP. Composed as a ballet, Stravinsky later made a suite of the movements for orchestra, take a listen to selections of the suite conducted by Zubin Mehta.

Last on our program is our second commission by Robert V. Springer “Drawing upon personal experiences, local communities, and natural surroundings, his music depicts enduring and shared human concepts.” Robert composed STOGIKK in 2016 for MACP. This new work will be recorded by MACP for our third album in June 2018.

Season tickets and individual tickets are available here.


The Blue Concert

March 2-4, 2018

The blue concert...will be blue! Everything from bluegrass music to Folsom Prison Blues, Rhapsody in Blue to the Moody Blues, this summer MACP will be searching for works with "blue" in the title. Have a request? Drop us an email, tweet or facebook post this summer!

Season tickets and individual tickets are available here.


the Music of Hindemith, Ravel and Steinmetz

April 6-8, 2018

John Steinmetz

John Steinmetz

Considered to be one of the most important composers of the twentieth century, Paul Hindemith's Kleine Kammermusik (a small chamber piece) was composed shortly after his return from the first World War for his colleagues in the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra. Now regarded as one of the most performed works for woodwind quintet, this early work of Hindemith explores the technical and expressive capabilities of each instrument in his unique tonal language.

“The world is changing and contradicting itself as never before. I am happy to be living through all this and to have the good fortune of being a composer.” - Maurice Ravel

Spoken over one hundred years ago after the end of World War I, Ravel wrote La Tombeau de Couperin for solo piano in the style of a baroque suite.

Our last commission for the tenth season is from John Steinmetz, with whom we recorded our second album, "What the Birds Said" the Music of John Steinmetz, in 2016. This work will be recorded by MACP for our third album in June 2018.

Season tickets and individual tickets are available here