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Apollo Chamber Players Go Roma!

Recital this evening at Rice celebrates Roma folk traditions.

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Clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski, composer Erberk Eryilmaz, Apollo members Matthew Detrick, Anabel Ramirez, Whitney Bullock
(L-R) Clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski, composer Erberk Eryilmaz, Apollo members Matthew Detrick, Anabel Ramirez, Whitney Bullock. Photo by St.John Flynn.

Houston’s Apollo Chamber Players have earned their considerable reputation by exploring the intersection of Western classical and ethnic folk music and challenging the traditional notions of chamber music by highlighting the deep connections between classical and folk music.

Apollo’s final recital of the season, tonight at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, is titled “Roma Folk Lyricism” and showcases works inspired by Roma (Gypsy) folk traditions by the likes of Beethoven, Bartok and American composer Dana Wilson.

Included on the recital is Thracian Airs of Besime Sultan, a brand new work, commissioned by Apollo, by Turkish-born composer Erberk Eryilmaz. Winner of Apollo’s recent commissioning contest, Eryilmaz’s piece is based around folk music from the Balkan region of eastern Europe.

The members of Apollo, along with Erberk Eryilmaz, virtuoso Roma clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski, bassist Timothy Pitts and percussionist Matthew McClung, came in to the Geary Studio to play excerpts from Thracian Airs and Wilson’s Hungarian Folk Songs and to talk with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn.

To see the Apollo Chamber Players in a Skyline Sessions performance, go here.

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