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Bethlehem, Pa., April 27, 2010—The Fountain Ensemble, presented by the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem, will play on Friday, May 14 at 8:00 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. The concert will feature a program of octets, notably Schubert’s Octet in F Major, D. 803 and French composer Jean Françaix’s Octet for winds and strings.
The core Fountain Ensemble, string quartet plus clarinet, appeared in Bethlehem in 2007 and was very well received. Now they are returning with bassoon, horn, and double bass, drawing from the Fountain Chamber Music Society. The Society is an innovative group of New York's finest young artists, combining strings, winds, voice, piano, and percussion to present a diverse repertoire featuring masterworks of the past as well as music of today's emerging young composers. The award-winning Fountain Ensemble, composed of violinists Jesse Mills and Cyrus Beroukhim, violist Dov Scheindlin, cellist Alistair MacRae, and clarinetist Gilad Harel, serves as the Society's leadership and musical nucleus.
The Ensemble has rapidly established itself as one of its generation's most accomplished and versatile chamber music groups. Its recent seasons have included a sold-out Carnegie Hall recital debut, critically acclaimed performances at Zankel Hall and West Palm Beach's Kravis Center, and concerts throughout the United States. The group has won Artists International's New York Debut Award and also received honors at the Concert Artists Guild and Chesapeake Chamber Music Competitions. Individually, Fountain's members have performed at some of the country's most distinguished institutions, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall's Making Music Series, and the Ravinia Festival.
Admission for the concert is $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors & students, and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information, visit the Chamber Music Society’s website at www.cmsob.org or call (610) 435-7611. Foy Hall is located on Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in historic downtown Bethlehem, Pa.