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To celebrate the successful conclusion of its 40th concert season, Chamber Music Sedona is excited to present a special 40th Anniversary Gala, with different events leading up to the “Epic Octets” concert on Sunday, April 16 at 3 p.m. at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. These events will include a Spring Salon held in a private home on Thursday, April 13 and a screening of a music documentary film called Music of Strangers on April 14 (in partnership with the Sedona International Film Festival).

With an exciting program of massive and groundbreaking works that will shatter any notion that chamber music is small scale, “Epic Octets” will feature some of the most celebrated string players in the country: violinists Bella Hristova, Arnaud Sussmann, Susie Park, and Oliver Neubauer; violists Paul Neubauer and Melissa Reardon; cellists Dmirti Atapine and Nicholas Canellakis (who also serves as Chamber Music Sedona’s Artistic Director); and bassist Scott Pingel. The centerpiece of “Epic Octets” will be the premiere of “Vortex,” a piece written for cello and strings by composer, pianist and Sedona favorite Michael Stephen Brown and co-commissioned by Chamber Music Sedona to commemorate its 40th year. The program will also include Mendelssohn’s beloved “Octet” — considered one of the greatest masterpieces of Western music — and the epic and rarely heard “Octet” by Romanian composer George Enescu.

Tickets for the “40th Anniversary Gala: Epic Octets” are $40 for adults and $15 for students aged 13-21 with ID. Admission is free for children 12 and under. Reserved seating is available for up to $60 per ticket. To learn more about the concert or to purchase concert tickets, visit https://chambermusicsedona.org/2023-40th-anniversary-gala-epic-octets/. For Spring Salon tickets, visit https://chambermusicsedona.org/2023-spring-salon-the-soloists-in-sedona/.

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