Alcyon Chamber Ensemble Presents its Final Program of 2010-11 Season


WINCHESTER, MA – May 5, 2011 – Alcyon Chamber Ensemble Presents its Final Program of the 2010-11 Season

Gustavo Brasil
Alcyon Chamber Ensemble presents its final program of the 2010-11 season on Sunday, May 15th at 3pm at Winchester’s Parish of the Epiphany and on May 22nd at 3pm in Westford at the Parish Center for the Arts. This brings to an end Alcyon’s Fifth Anniversary season which has been dedicated to great works of the last 25 years. The May program features a new work by Gustavo Brasil, “Three Octets” which was commissioned by the Michael J. Weinstein Commissioning Fund for this occasion. Other works on the program are “Antlitz” for violin and piano by Wolfgang Rihm, “Between Tides” for violin, cello and piano by Toru Takemitsu, and “Sextet” for Clarinet, horn, violin, viola, cello and piano by Krzysztof Penderecki.

Patrick McGuire
Alcyon’s guest young artist for this concert is cellist Patrick McGuire. A Westford, MA native, Mr. McGuire graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Program. Mr. McGuire is an undergraduate student of Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School. He has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and The Freer Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute, among others. He is co-founder of the Arusha Arts Initiative, an arts outreach program based in Arusha, Tanzania, which is organized and run by Juilliard students.

The winner of Alcyon’s first annual Composition Contest will be announced at both concerts.

A reception will follow immediately after each concert.

Admission at the door: $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 students.

About the Student Composition Contest
Aspiring composers are encouraged to submit their work to Alcyon Chamber Ensemble for review. Please visit for more details. Although there is an annual deadline, applications received after the deadline will be considered for the following year.

About the Alcyon Chamber Ensemble
Formed by cellist and Artistic Director Shannon Snapp in 2006, the mission of the Alcyon Chamber Ensemble is to foster the appreciation of chamber music, especially in young people. We are committed to bringing chamber music to public and private schools, communities and institutions through concerts, residencies, classes, workshops, and private lessons. Our ideal venue is intimate and interactive. Our instrumentation (string quartet, bass, clarinet, horn and piano) gives rise to creative programming. Our goal is to engage the audience in lively music-making. All members of the ensemble are committed teachers as well, and one of our target audiences is young children who are ready to study an instrument. Alcyon Chamber Ensemble, Inc. derives its name from the mythical golden bird that calms troubled waters.

Shannon Snapp, Artistic Director
Alcyon Chamber Ensemble, Inc.
16 Myrtle Street
Winchester, MA 01890