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.

2017 Performance Schedule 

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 8 pm & Friday, November 17, 2017, 8 pm

Created by Stony Brook faculty composer John Lessard in 1988, the Premieres! Series has commissioned more than 100 works for the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players from composers in the United States and abroad. This year’s Premieres! concerts feature new works by Michelle Lou, Wang Lu, Ushio Torikai and Amy Williams. Directed by Eduardo Leandro.
Tickets: Free admission • November 16, RH
November 17, Roulette, NYC

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 7:30 pm

The New York Times called the Stony Brook Contemporary Players “a small army of musicians who demonstrate consistent accomplishment.” Two seminal works by Iannis Xenakis — Palimpsest, for piano and ensemble, and Persephassa, for six percussionists — frame this portrait concert of one of the most influential composers of the second half of the 20th century. Directed by Eduardo Leandro.
Tickets: Free admission • RH

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 8 pm

One of the country’s finest collegiate contemporary music ensembles performs Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, the piece that shaped minimalism. The evening will feature constant hypnotic pulses, human breath pulses and 11 chords in a continuous hourlong performance. Directed by Eduardo Leandro.
Tickets: Free admission • RH

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 8 pm

"Young America, Let’s Do It Again!" We feature our annual concert of works by young American composers, including Christopher Cerrone, Alex Mincek, Paula Matthusen and others. Directed by Eduardo Leandro.
Tickets: Free admission • RH

CCP 2014

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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