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Thu mar 17
8:00 pm

Apollo Chamber Players: Music of the Balkans and the Middle East

Alumni Concert Hall, College of Fine Arts
5000 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

The Hoppa Project and the Turkish Student Society of Carnegie Mellon University presents Apollo Chamber Players: Music of the Balkans and the Middle East. 

Matthew Detrick, violin
Anabel Ramirez, violin
Whitney Bullock, viola
Matthew Dudzik, cello

Aleksandra Vrebalov Pannonia Boundless
Dana Wilson Hungarian Folksongs for string quartet
Reza Vali Folk Songs: Set No. 11B
Erberk Eryılmaz Thracian Airs of Besime Sultan

Free and open to the public

Laura Krentzman and Erberk Eryılmaz, directors

Apollo Chamber Players’ “performances have rhythmic flair and doses of virtuosity” (The Strad), and the ensemble has “found fruitful territory” (Houston Chronicle) in the cultural diversity of its hometown Houston, TX. During their 2013 East Coast Tour and Carnegie Hall debut, the Apollo performed for over 1,000 enthusiastic concert-goers, including dignitaries from the Consulates General of Bulgaria and the Czech Republic of New York. Recent touring engagements include concerts for Chamber Music Society of Little Rock, Seattle University (WA), Grand Junction Symphony (CO), and in Lake Charles (LA) and Fredericksburg (TX). The ensemble embarks on a second tour of the eastern United States in March 2016, with concerts in Hartford (CT), Pittsburgh, York and Lancaster (PA), Baltimore (MD), and at Symphony Space in New York City. This coming June, Apollo will be a featured as part of the renowned Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.

Winner of Houston Press’ 2014 MasterMinds award, Apollo was one of three organizations in Houston to be recognized for positively impacting the local arts community. This past season Apollo collaborated with Houston METdance for concert productions at Wortham and Miller Outdoor Theaters, and it was the featured ensemble for Concert at the Villa, an AIDS Ministry event sponsored by Catholic Charities Houston. In September 2014, the organization launched a multi-year commissioning project, 20x2020, with a new work by Grammy winning composer Libby Larsen, and in recent seasons the ensemble has collaborated with acclaimed artists James Dunham, Ivo-Jan van der Werff, Timothy Pitts, Ismail Lumanovski, and Viktor Valkov. Apollo is featured frequently on American Public Media’s nationally syndicated program, Performance Today.

"European Folkscapes makes folk music come to life effectively." (American Record Guide.) Apollo’s debut album earned ‘Album of the Week’ honors by WQXR in New York City and has reached millions of listeners through national and international airplay. Apollo's second studio album, 'Blurred Boundaries', sees its release in April 2016 by Parma Recordings.

Passionate about arts education, the ensemble curates culturally-enriching programs for performance through Young Audiences of Houston, and it has performed concerts and presented masterclasses for schools and festivals across the country.