Past Programs

The Alcyon Chamber Ensemble’s past programs include the following:

2006-07 SEASON
Happy 250th Birthday, Wolfgang!
Quintet for Horn and Strings

Johannes Brahms
Songs, with Marion Dry, contralto
String Quartet in B-flat

2007-08 SEASON
Three for Three: Music for Trios
Haydn: Trio in D Major for piano, violin and cello
Michael Weinstein: Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano
Beethoven: Trio in B-flat for piano, clarinet and cello

As American as George Gershwin
A program consisting of music that influenced Gershwin (Rubenstein and Debussy),
and including Rhapsody in Blue, with Leslie Amper, piano

The Viola in Recital, with Nathaniel Farny
Bach: Suite in E-flat for Viola alone
Hindemith: Sonata for Viola and Piano
Shostakovich: Sonata for Viola and Piano

2008-09 SEASON
Beethoven: The Early Years
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major
Septet in E-flat for Strings and Winds
Bagatelle in A minor for piano

Stravinsky: From Russsia With Love
The Owl and the Pussycat, with Kendra Colton, soprano
L’Histoire du Soldat Suite for Trio
Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet

2009-10 SEASON
Franz Schubert
Lieder on water themes, with Frank Kelley, tenor
Quintet in A Major “Trout”

Celebrating African-American History Month
Introducing three new works for string quartet by Julius P. Williams, Jonathan Holland and Serena Creary

Works Progress Administration Composers: Music from the 1930s
with Leslie Amper, pianist and speaker

Franz Schubert
Octet for Winds and Strings

2010-2011 SEASON
Schubert: Octet for Winds and Strings

Music of the Last Quarter Century

John Harbison: Twilight Music
Yehudi Wyner: Trio (2009)
Whitman Brown: Music for Seven Instruments (ACE commission)
Michael Gandolfi: Plain Song and Fantastic Dances

Gustavo Brasil:
Three Octets (ACE commission)
Krzytof Penderecki: Sextet
Toru Takemitsu: Between Tides
Wolfgang Rihm: Antlitz
(with guest artist Patrick McGuire, cello)

Leslie Amper Solo Recital

Family Concert, celebrating the Year of the Hare (Chinese New year), with guest artist Zhantao Lin, erhu; Shufang Du, violin & piano; Shannon Snapp, cello. Designed for children age 0-8 years.

Fall 2012 Concerts

Alcyon’s Shannon Snapp with Berklee Chamber Players

Berklee Chamber Players October 14 Concert Flyer

Sunday October 14, 2012 3:00 pm
Parish Center for the Arts
10 Lincoln Street – Westford MA
Adults: $10 each; kids admitted free

Fall 2012 Alcyon Concerts:

Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm Parish Center for the Arts, Westford MA

Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm Payson Park Church, Belmont MA

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Quintet in D major

Sid Richardson
Apres la Transfirguration de la Nuit
(World Premiere)

Antonin Dvorak
Trio No. 4 in E minor, “Dumky”

Concerts are preceded by a Children’s Sampler at 3 pm, in which excerpts from Sid Richardson‘s new piece will be played for children and their families. Mr. Richardson will also talk briefly about the work. sampler tickets $10 per family; concert tickets: adults: $20 each; students 18 yrs and under, free. For more information, please email or call 781-721-7725.

Also save the date:

Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm Harvard Business School
Chamber versions of Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue and Milhaud: La Creation du Monde

Spring 2013 Concerts

Sunday, May 19th at 2:00 pm in Nahant, MA.

Ellingwood Chapel Series presents

Alcyon Chamber Ensemble

Milhaud – Gershwin

Darious Milhaud: La Creation du Monde
George Gershwin: Prelude, Rhapsody in Blue

With the Alcyon Chamber Ensemble

Shufang Du, violin
Mimi Rabson, violin
Melissa Howe, viola
Shannon Snapp, cello
Diane Heffner, clarinet
Michael Weinstein, horn
Leslie Amper, piano

Sunday May 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Ellingwood Chapel, 41 Valley Road, Nahant MA

Tune in to Mozart
Sunday afternoon chamber music concert, March 10th at 3pm at the
Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford, MA:

Mozart’s Sonata in e minor, K. 304 for violin and piano
Beethoven’s Variations on Mozart’s “Ein Madchen oder un Weibchen”, Op.66 for cello and piano
Mozart’s Trio in E-flat K. 502 for piano, violin and cello

Shufang Du, violin
Shannon Snapp, cello
Sarah Steinhardt, piano

Tickets: PCA members/seniors $15, non-members $20, under 18 FREE
For more information, call 781.721.7725 or email