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Chamber music society closes out season in Rochester

HELIAND WILL PERFORM the final concert in the Rochester Chamber Music Society’s 28th season on Sunday, July 24, at 4 p.m. at the Federated Church in Rochester. Photo / Brent Harrewyn

On Sunday, July 24, at 4 p.m., the Rochester Chamber Music Society closes their 28th season at the Federated Church in Rochester. The afternoon concert features the well-known Heliand with guest percussionist Thomas Kozumplik.

Heliand’s 15th anniversary season draws to a close with a compelling new program for oboe, bassoon and piano called “Cool of the Day.” Continuing their mission to make classical music meaningful and accessible through purposeful programming and vivacious performances, Heliand combines music of Franz Josef Haydn, Jenni Brandon, Padma Newsom, Clémence de Grandval, and Chick Corea. They will also present the world premiere of “Nuts,” a piece commissioned by Heliand from composer Molly Leach. The program title was inspired by the song “Now is the Cool of the Day” by Jean Ritchie, which the trio will be singing in an arrangement by Moira Smiley.

Pianist Cynthia Huard, oboist Katie Oprea, and bassoonist Rachael Elliott will be joined by guest artist Thomas Kozumplik, percussion. Kozumplik is involved with a wide range of music as creator, producer, collaborator, and freelancer. He co-founded the art/improv group Clogs, artist-owned record label Music Starts From Silence, and was a member of the Yale Percussion Group, the Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble, the Ron Parmentier Trio, and Uncle Jimmy’s Dirty Basement. His performances have been called “dazzling throughout” (Mojo, UK), “sublime” (Pitchfork, USA), “smart and engaging” (New York Times, USA), and “the hit for me” (composer Terry Riley via the New York Times).

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