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.

CCP 2014

Performance Schedule

Wednesday, October 14, 8 pmStaller Center Recital Hall
In the concert-long Pléïades, a percussion sextet by Iannis Xenakis, four movements of music for drums, mallets and sixxens comprise one of the most remarkable works ever written for percussion. Tickets: Free admission • Staller Center Recital Hall

Thursday, October 22, 8 pm Staller Center Recital Hall
John Lessard, whose career as a highly regarded composer spanned 60 years, was a seminal member of the Department of Music from 1962 to 1990. Students, former students and faculty will come together to honor him in a recital of his music, which will include many of his songs and works for percussion, guitar and woodwind quintet. The concert will feature a special guest artist, soprano Tony Arnold, in a performance of Lessard's 1984 work Pond in a Bowl. Other artists include Tory Browers, Dominic Donato, George Fisher, Eduardo Leandro, Steve Paysen, Jerry Willard and members of the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players. Tickets: Free admission • Staller Center Recital Hall

Wednesday, November 18 2015 | Staller Center Recital Hall & Thursday, November 19, 8 pm | Roulette, NYC
Created by composer John Lessard in 1988, the Premieres! series has commissioned works by a wide array of composers from the United States and abroad for nearly three decades. This year's concert features new works by
Paula Matthusen, Christopher Swithinbank, Piers Hellawell and James Wood. Tickets: Free admission • November 18, Staller Center Recital Hall November 19, Roulette, NYC

Wednesday, March 2, 8 pmStaller Center Recital Hall
Directed by Eduardo Leandro, this concert features the music of Matthew Barnson, Stony Brook's newest composition faculty member and 2015 Guggenheim Award winner, and includes large ensemble works specially
chosen by the composer for this portrait concert. Tickets: Free admission • Staller Center Recital Hall

Thursday, April 7, 8 pmStaller Center Recital Hall
In the new music equivalent of open mic night, Stony Brook students curate an evening concert of music of our time. Directed by Eduardo Leandro. Tickets: Free admission • Staller Center Recital Hall



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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