Concerts
Season 2020-2021

Sat, Nov 14 - Sat, Nov 28, 2020

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Juho Pohjonen, Finland

piano

J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations

“…one of the most intriguing and talented pianists to emerge from Finland”

Fri, Feb 12 - Fri, Feb 26, 2021 

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The Ariel String Quartet

“…passionate, expressive approach to the established repertoire”

Friday, Dec 4 - Sunday, Dec 6, 2020

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Chanticleer vocal ensemble

GRAMMY® Award-winning vocal ensemble hailed as "the world's reigning male chorus" by The New Yorker and “America's a cappella pride and joy” by Classics Today

Tue, March 23 - Tue, April 6, 2021

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Zlatomir Fung, cello

“…first U.S. cellist in over 30 years to win the Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition (2019) and the youngest musician ever”

Fri, Jan 15 - Sun, Jan 17, 2021

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The McGill-McHale Trio

flute, clarinet, piano

Three of the leading classical musicians of our day

Monday, May 3, 2021 at 7 PM

A&M United Methodist Church

The Miro String Quartet

“…supreme artistic vision, collaborative intensity and emotional mastery”

Concerts

For the past two decades, our Community Chamber Concerts series has been providing residents and visitors of our community with free chamber concerts of outstanding quality.

With pride we continue to introduce our audiences to world acclaimed ensembles and soloists who share with us their interpretations of classical and contemporary music, and who welcome socializing with each and everyone following the performances.

Along with every concert, our outreach programs have successfully brought musicians into Bryan and College Station schools, colleges, and nursing homes, where young students and senior listeners have had the unique opportunity to experience chamber music in a more personal way.

As a supporter of Friends of Chamber Music, you have contributed to the success of this series in the past and you are a part of us in the present. With gratitude, we hope that your support will continue.

We look forward to seeing you at our concerts and to sharing with you unforgettable musical experiences for years to come.

Friend's Reviews

Linda & Bill Rundell, to the FCM Board of Directors

"Thank you very much for your extraordinary work in programming a season of such exceptional concerts and making them so attractively accessible to all in our community. In these times, this is as close as it gets to assuaging the hunger for live music."

 

Susan Irza

[...] the Chanticleer program [...] was outstanding, and just as good as the wonderful piano program before it. FCM has a second digital home run. We are lucky to have FCM in BCS.

Happy Holidays.

Linda Rundell

[...] congratulations also on the successful Chanticleer concert.  

Best Wishes for 2021 ahead!

Peter Witt

Concert was truly wonderful. The program was varied and interesting. The setting they chose made for a delightful venue.  We really appreciate you bringing this wonderful performance to us.

Joseph P. Armon, Jr.

“[...] the performance was unbelievably magnificent, and the discussion afterward pulled the experience together with the Armenian history and real life of the group and commitment to excellence.” Thank you.

Linda Rundell

“I would like to congratulate the committee for having put together a most ambitious and interesting program. The Goldberg variations concert was excellent and stands out from other "virtual" performances by being so personalized. Bravo!”

 

Tarja Huuskonen

Hello. I only now discovered you. Thank you very much for bringing Juho to our homes. I a from Finland, but live in CA. I also have [...] “ music for the brain” as part of my not for profit. I am a brain aneurysm survivor [...]. [...] this concert, I posted on my personal FB. And already received a comment from another survivor. Music can have a great healing effect on the brain! Happy Season to You! 

 

Jerry and Cathy Loving

“We heard the Bach arrangement today. Simply breathtaking! Congrats on such a splendid program.” 

Achim and Mariam Stoessel

"I must say that Juho's performance was very impressive, the music beautiful, and the recording highly professional. I did not expect it to turn out that well. Many thanks to […] you for your contributions to turning this into a major success!"

Susan Irza

“Congratulations on the Pohjonen virtual concert. It is a triumph! FCM is leading the way in this difficult time to keep concerts alive. I've been a FCM supporter for a long time and [...] this brings new life and vitality to the whole enterprise. Well done!”

Felicia Piscitelli

“This is wonderful! Mr. Pohjolen is an excellent pianist. Since he is not using the damper pedal much, the textures are very clear and easy to follow. I tuned in for the premiere on Saturday and am listening to it again, which, of course, is possible in this online format.

Something that might make you laugh: I have a cat who, apparently, likes piano music. Whenever I try to play my spinet at home, she jumps onto the keyboard and "plays" tone clusters. Anyway, she listened to the whole concert on my lap on Saturday, and again now.

Thanks to you, Mr. Pohjolen, and the Friends of Chamber Music for bringing this concert, and the interview with Andreas and Brett. Truly a treat!”

Linda and Paul Parrish

“The concert was superb and the after talk (“Encore”) was engaging and enlightening.

We’ve thought occasionally during these challenging times that there are a few benefits we get from the virtual world we live in.  In this case, for example, if the concert had been in First Pres it would no doubt have been wonderful, but we would not likely have been able to attend and there wouldn’t have been the extensive discussion you, Andreas, and Brett were able to have with the performer.

Well done!”

Peter Witt

"The concert was spectacular... the informality of the setting fit our current worldwide situation...the playing was fluid...time passed so quickly, which was amazing given the length of the piece...it was a joy to take time away from the here and now to be transported for over an hour to a place of wonder and listening/viewing pleasure. Thank you so much for enabling this concert to be available."

Jan and Bill Johnson 

“Thanks for all your work [...]. We are enjoying the concert now.”

Valerie and David Woodcock

“Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for the brilliant […] Variations last night. Juho is as much a videographer and designer as he is a pianist . . .brilliant all round. The discussion afterward was delightful, good conversation at its best. Of course, we all miss the reality of personal contact, but you created the next best thing and a truly inspiring experience.”

 

Judy Hart

“The concert was wonderful!”

 

William Rogers

“Thank you for your vision and great dedication that resulted in a wonderfully satisfying Friends of Chamber Music concert [...] of J. S. Bach’s iconic Goldberg Variations followed by a scintillating discussion with the outstanding young pianist.

The combination of online concert and following discussion with access over two weeks should attract a large following for the remaining concerts of the 25th season. 

Congratulations on a stellar first concert!”

Mila Mogilevsky

“Juho was amazing! And I also enjoyed your […] conversation with him. You are doing such a great and important job for our town!”

Jane Stowell

“Congratulations on the wonderful concert.  It was so well done!  What a delight to watch!  Juho was amazingly relaxed!  The Encore had a fun quality that was reminiscent of the post-concert conversations found at our receptions!  I am looking forward to all of FCM’s online concerts.”

Gregory Brown

“It's beautiful! Bravi tutti everyone at FCM.

[…] You all ought to be very proud. These are such strange times to be a concert presenter, and I think this is a beautiful way to keep the music alive.”

Mailing Address: 

Friends of Chamber Music,

PO Box 4648, Bryan, TX 77805-4648

Email:  info@fcmtx.org

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