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Community Concerts of Tri-Cities, Camerata Musica kick off 2015-16 seasons

Guy Mendilow Ensemble
Guy Mendilow Ensemble Gretjen Helene

Two groups that coordinate concerts in the Tri-Cities kick off their 2015-16 seasons next week.

Community Concerts of Tri-Cities’ five-show season begins Sept. 25 with a performance by the internationally known Guy Mendilow Ensemble.

And Camerata Musica’s eight-show season starts Sept. 26 with a performance by pianist Stephen Beus.

Community Concerts of Tri-Cities

The group’s new season includes performances by groups from a guitar quartet to a repertory dance theater.

All shows start at 7:30 p.m.

Season subscriptions cost $45 for adults, $20 for students and $105 for families of five. The cost includes admission to other regional community concert series, including Lower Valley Community Concerts, Central Basin Community Concerts, Wenatchee Community Concerts and Mid-Columbia Community Concerts in The Dalles, Ore.

Individual tickets cost $25. They’re available at the door.

Here’s the schedule:

▪  Guy Mendilow Ensemble, Sept. 25, Faith Assembly, 1800 Road 72, Pasco. This award-winning group will present Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom, transporting listeners “on a stirring exotic adventure to long forgotten and bustling towns using spellbinding songs about vagabond queens, pauper poets and loves lost at sea,” a news release said.

▪  Axiom Brass Quintet, Dec. 1, Faith Assembly in Pasco. The quintet is “recognized for its ground-breaking programming, original compositions and a repertoire of jazz and Latin music to string quartet transcriptions,” giving performances that “have captured the hearts and imagination of their audiences,” a release said.

▪  Vida Guitar Quartet, Feb. 15, Faith Assembly in Pasco. The innovative guitar ensemble presents “an orchestral palette of colors and effects in a program of classical to Gershwin to British rock,” a release said.

▪  Repertory Dance Theatre, March 17, Richland High School, 930 Long Ave. The country’s oldest and most successful repertory dance company is “dedicated to the creation, performance, perpetuation and appreciation of modern dance. ... New viewers often ask us what to expect from (a company) performance. We tell them grace and athleticism, beauty and power. Beyond that, we tell them to embrace the unexpected,” the group says on its website.

▪  Male Ensemble Northwest, April 9, Faith Assembly in Pasco. The male singing group performs around the country.

More information: www.communityconcertstc.org or call 509-547-6243.

Camerata Musica

Camerata Musica is dedicated to coordinating chamber music concerts. Admission is free, with the group relying on donations.

Patrons who donate $80 or more for the season get priority seating.

Unless otherwise noted, all shows are at 8 p.m. at the Battelle Auditorium on the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory campus in Richland.

Here’s the schedule:

▪  Stephen Beus, Sept. 26-27. The acclaimed pianist, who grew up in Othello, will perform a program that includes Bach’s French Suite #5 in G Major, among other pieces. The Sept. 26 show is at 8 p.m., and the Sept. 27 performance is at 2 p.m.

▪  Hamilton Cheifetz and Janet Guggenheim, Oct. 24. The cellist and pianist will perform an all-Beethoven concert, including the Sonata in C Major, Opus 102 No. 1, Sonata in G Minor, Opus 5 No. 2 and the Sonata in A Major, Opus 69.

▪  The Rose Ensemble, Nov. 1. The Minneapolis-based vocal group will perform a program featuring readings and music about Saint Francis of Assisi.

▪  Cosi Quartet, Jan. 23. The group includes Linda Melsted on violin, Laurel Wells on viola, Meg Brennand on cello and Curtis Foster on oboe. They’ll perform pieces by Krommer, Masek, Mozart and Eybler.

▪  Trio Tremonti, Feb. 27. The group will perform several works, including Circulo, Fantasia Para Piano, Violin y Violoncello, Op. 91 by Turina.

▪  Borealis Wind Quintet, March 19. The Grammy nominees will perform pieces including Lefebvre’s Suite, Op. 57, Turrin’s Three Summer Dances and Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy.

▪  Simphonie, April 23. The group will perform an evening of Bach trio sonatas.

▪  Young Artists of Distinction, May 1. The concert will include performances by local outstanding young musicians.

More information: www.cameratamusica.com or nhdoran@charter.net.

Sara Schilling: 509-582-1529; sschilling@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @SaraTCHerald

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