Contemporary Chamber Players

Eduardo Leandro, Musical Director

The Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players (CCP) is part of the performance program of the Department of Music at Stony Brook University, Long Island. The group was founded by renowned performance faculty artist Gilbert Kalish and is currently directed by Eduardo Leandro.

Hailed by The New York Times as "a small army of musicians who demonstrate consistent accomplishment," the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players performs a large number of concerts annually including several in New York City and on tour. These include the Stony Brook Premieres! Concert, Stony Brook Composers Concerts, Percussion Plus, Postmodern, 20th Century Classics and other new music concerts.

Players from the CCP have been heard in performance with Continuum, New Millennium, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Aequalis, New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, Earplay, The Guild Trio, Argento, Bang on a Can and many other new music groups.

Wednesday, October 22, 8 pm
Edgard Varese’s Ionisation, the piece that jump-started the percussion revolution in the 20th century, is in its first performance at Stony Brook, including alumni and current students. The Contemporary Chamber Players will also perform the tour de force Living Toys for chamber orchestra by Thomas Adès; music by Franco Donatoni and Philippe Hurel. Directed by Eduardo Leandro.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 8 pm
Friday, November 14, 7:30 pm
Created by composer John Lessard in 1986, the Premieres! series has commissioned more than 100 works by a wide array of composers from the United States and abroad in the past 20 years. This year’s concert features new works by Mark Apple-baum, Cindy Cox, Matthew Ricketts, Stephen Taylor and Stony Brook’s own Dan Weymouth.
Tickets: Free admission • November 13, RH; November 14, Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, March 5, 8 pm
Directed by Eduardo Leandro, this program features the works of composer Pierre Boulez, including Le Marteau sans Maître (The Hammer Without a Master), which sets the surrealist poetry of René Char for contralto and six instrumentalists.

Thursday, April 9, 8 pm
Program includes Grisey’s Partiels for large ensemble, Kagel’s Acustica for experimental sound producers and loudspeakers, and music by new composition faculty member Matthew Barnson. Directed by Eduardo Leandro.

October 23
    Gabe Shuford, harpsichord extraordinaire, and winner of the 2011 Samuel Baron Award, presents a chamber music program of instrumental music from the 17th and 18th centuries.   His fingers and heart will delight and move you. 

November 20
    Stony Brook Baroque Players, featuring the early music stars of the future, presents a virtuoso program of vocal and instrumental music bridging the entire Baroque era.  These graduate and undergraduate students will amaze you with their enthusiasm and mastery of the style. 

February 19
    Flying Forms – The brilliant new group, led by distinguished Baroque violinist, Marc Levine, and harpsichordist, Tami Morse, both graduates of the Stony Brook music department features some of the finest young talent in America today performing music from all corners of the Baroque age. 

March 18
    Sang Joon Park – One of the greatest Baroque flautists of his generation, and past winner of the Samuel Baron Award brings his new group, Aula Harmoniae to the Staller Center.  Featured will be French Baroque masterpieces and newly discovered Spanish flute repertoire. 

April 29
    Stony Brook Baroque Players, made up of the cream of the crop of graduate and undergraduate students from the music department end our series with vocal and instrumental gems from Monteverdi through to Bach and beyond.  Don’t miss this great treat for the ears. 
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