Concerts on Main presents Reeds Amis in a special 12 noon performance on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church (286 Main Street, Chatham, NJ). The all-female woodwind trio – Marilyn Cole, oboe, Angela Shankar, clarinet, and Melissa Kritzer, bassoon – is known for championing new and unperformed music, particularly works by women composers. 

Based in New York City, members of the trio can be heard playing on Broadway, in orchestras throughout the region including the Rochester, Albany, Syracuse and Binghamton Philharmonics, and in venues such as Avery Fischer Hall, the United Nations, and Carnegie Hall plus on Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle. Both the group and its members have commissioned and premiered new works for their instruments, including collaborations with New York City’s Chelsea Symphony. These three friends (“amis” in French) recently traveled to Japan to perform the trios of Fernande Decruck at the 2015 International Double Reed Society Conference in Tokyo.

The free, 50-minute performance on March 20th is accessible to listeners of all ages and backgrounds. This versatile program is designed to transport listeners from a medieval castle to King Louis' court to a cafe in Paris with music of Fernande Decruck, a relatively unknown, brilliantly talented female French composer from the 1920s. The concert features a range of rhapsodic classical and contemporary works including Hadyn’s Trio No. 1, an arrangement of Una Bella Serenata from Mozart’s opera “Così fan tutte” and Decruck’s Variationes en trio sur l'air du P'tit Quinquin. 

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Clarinetist Angela Shankar shares that, “a reed trio – comprised of oboe, clarinet, and bassoon – makes for a unique chamber music ensemble in that each of the composers on our program write very differently for each voice. Some treat us like one voice, with the melody constantly passing from voice to voice, while other composers treat us like a string trio, the oboe as the violin, the clarinet as the viola, and the bassoon as the cello.”

About Concerts on Main: Free and open to all, varied performances by NJ and NYC professionals are held in Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church’s historic and acoustically-engaging sanctuary. As needed, younger listeners can take advantage of a nearby indoor playspace. Ogden is located a block from Chatham’s train station, with easy and fast NYC access; there is ample free parking in the vicinity of the church.