04/30/15

NATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC MONTH BEGINS MAY 1

For Immediate Release
Contact: Gina Izzo
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NATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC MONTH BEGINS MAY 1

Arts organizations throughout the U.S. will showcase small ensembles performing classical, jazz, and world music

NEW YORK, NY (April 29, 2015)—Chamber Music America has designated May as National Chamber Music Month—a celebration of the many styles of small ensemble music performed and presented in the U.S. today. Now in its fourth year, this annual initiative unites thousands of musicians and hundreds of concert presenters across the US in an effort to raise public awareness of small ensemble music, both locally and nationally.

This year’s National Chamber Music Month activities once again span all 50 states, showcasing a broad and vital mix of classical, early, jazz, and world music. Throughout the month of May, seasoned and aspiring performers alike will take the stage in both traditional and non-traditional venues for hundreds of performances, residencies, and pre- and post-concert discussions. Many participating organizations present both classical and jazz, as well as genre-defying contemporary works; numerous ensembles feature nontraditional instrumentation and incorporate influences from various styles and cultural traditions.

Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals, introduced National Chamber Music Month in 2012 in an effort to raise the public awareness of chamber music nationally and to build new audiences within local communities.

“We are so pleased that musicians and concert presenters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are participating again this year,” said Chamber Music America CEO Margaret M. Lioi. “Thousands of audience members will have access to live music in hundreds of communities across the country. This is great cause for celebration, and we applaud all the groups that are making it possible.”

Chamber Music America defines chamber music as works for small ensembles of 2–10 members, performing one to a part, generally without a conductor. The organization’s 6,000-plus members include ensembles, presenting organizations, festivals, individual musicians, music educators, composers, artist managers, and other music professionals.

For information on events taking place across the country during National Chamber Music Month, visit www.chamber-music.org.

Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop, support, and strengthen the chamber music community. With a membership of over 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artist managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions. CMA provides its members with grant programs, consulting services, access to instrument and other insurances, conferences, seminars, and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine. Visit www.chamber-music.org.