Mill Ave Chamber Players

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

Chef's Choice: Serenades

The Mill Ave Chamber Players' eleventh season is entitled "Chef's Choice." Much like a chef chooses his favorite ingredients, this season members of MACP get to choose their own program to create a concert experience that reflects their own musical tastes.

Join us Sunday, November 4 at 3PM at the Newton (300 W. Camelback Road).

Tom selected four serenades from composers of different countries, times, and sensibilities. A look at the varying uses of the “Serenade” form/genre throughout musical history.

Serenade for Wind Quintet
Ferenc Farkas (1905 – 2000) - Hungarian composer
The first movement (in sonata form) is followed by an “Andante espressivo”. Here a pleasant oboe melody soars above the clarinet accompaniment. In the third movement, the “Saltarello”, I have made use of a rhythm I am particularly fond of: 9/8 quasi “tarantella”. At a particular moment a very high and virtuoso horn solo can be heard.

“Standchen” No. 4 of Schwanengesang, D 957
Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828) Austrian Composer

With Kenny Miller, Tenor

Serenata in vano (Serenade in vain)
Carl Nielson (1865 – 1931) Danish Composer
"Serenata in vano is a humorous trifle," Nielsen wrote. "First the gentlemen play in a somewhat chivalric and showy manner to lure the fair one out onto the balcony, but she does not appear. Then they play in a slightly languorous strain (Poco adagio), but that hasn't any effect either. Since they have played in vain (in vano), they don't care a straw and shuffle off home to the strains of the little final march, which they play for their own amusement."

Alfredo Cassella (1883 –1947) Italian Composer
A “neo-classical” work using modern harmonies and melodic sensibilities in common forms from the baroque and classical period.

We have a mead and a beer pairing for this Sunday's concert thanks to First Draft Book Bar and The Newton!

The beer flight is $13:
First Draft Butterbeer, a butterscotch wheat ale
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Dogfish Head Liquid Truth Serum, IPA of IPAs
Crush Craft, Chai Not, a chai spiced cider

The mead flight is $13 and would include
Honeymoon, tahitian vanilla mead
Safe Word, bourbon barrel aged mead
Marion, marion berry mead
Hera Orchard, stone fruit mead

Tickets available on our website and at the Newton.

Artist's Statement for Female Innovators


This Sunday we will premiere a new painting by Phoenix artist Tiffany Holman and Andrea Avery will be reading an excerpt from her moving book, Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano.

Artist Statement from Tiffany Holman
As an artist, I derive most of my inspiration from nature and the living creatures that inhabit this lovely planet. Because of its relatability, the human form is one of the most interesting subjects for me. In many occasions, I am faced with the controversy of what should and shouldn’t be censored because of my subjects. When I am questioned if a work is family friendly, I deliberate on the fact that up until early toddler ages it would be, but soon after we learn to speak the world slowly becomes censored (so yes, it is for children under the age of four). Often we teach humans to fear the human body like we teach someone not to look at the sun, as if the consequence is that it will burn holes straight though your eyes and into your brain. Humans come into this world nourished by the flesh and beauty of nature and form. Soon after we are taught that it’s not proper to speak of or look at certain parts of ourselves. In my eyes those parts of the human body are vital for survival, consequently beautiful, and therefore should not be avoided. 
The female form has, for many centuries, been surrounded by controversy. She is a stem for life, smothered by controlling forces. Whether it’s for her mind, body, or soul there has always been someone in her life telling her she doesn't smile enough, dictating how she should look, or manipulating how she should act. Forces pushing her to be ambitious, but not too ambitious, pretty but not overtly pretty, nice but not too nice...The winds of society’s social norms from the East and West whip from each direction whistling words of who she should be. Despite what others think, she remains grounded. From each breath she expels her true nature --- a form of matter, an outright force of energy.

Join us this Sunday, October 7 at 3PM at Changing Hands (300 W Camelback Road)

Tickets available through our website ($15/$10) or at Changing Hands ($20/$15).