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WCMS announces 2015-16 season

Hailed as a group with style, imagination and chops, the Worcester Chamber Music Society is a musical ensemble founded locally, performing locally and intimately engaged with Worcester County audiences. WCMS seeks to share the rich tradition of chamber music with longtime followers and to introduce new audiences to the music through financially and geographically accessible concerts, outreach and educational programs. Upcoming shows include:

FEED YOUR SOUL
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov.12, Grafton Congregational Church.
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov.14, Worcester Historical Museum.

A musical version of a prix-fixe menu, this concert features a vocal offering by Corigliano and Joan

Tower’s “Rising” for flute and string quartet, followed by the rich, sonorous string sextet by Korngold.

Dessert will be served by On the Rise Bakery before the final work by Telemann. Bring a canned or dry food item for the Worcester County Food Bank. This concert features guest artists Emily Marvosh, contralto, and Marcus Thompson, viola. It is presented in conjunction with Worcester Historical Museum’s exhibit, Take a Bite Out of History, which runs from Nov. 5 – March 12.

PULLING THE HEARTSTRINGS
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, Assumption College Chapel, Worcester.

WCMS’s free Assumption College concert returns Valentine’s weekend with the music of Epstein, Beach,

Saint-Saens and Brahms. This concert features guest artist Franziska Huhn on harp. Presented by Assumption College HUMANARTS.

ANNUAL FAMILY CONCERT: PINOCCHIO’S ADVENTURES IN FUNLAND
3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, Mechanics Hall, Worcester.

Michael Gandolfi’s Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland is a retelling of a few of the many adventures of

Carol Collodi’s manic marionette. The piece is designed to entertain and educate young audiences by introducing them to the riches of classical music. Accompanied by student artwork from the Seven Hills

Charter Public School and a book drive for Reliant Medical Group’s Reach Out and Read, this concert is an adventure for the young and young at heart.

MADNESS IN REASON
7:30 p.m., Friday, April 15, Unitarian Universalist Church, Harvard.
4 p.m., Sunday, April 17, Mechanics Hall/Washburn, Worcester.

In conjunction with Music Worcester, this program takes the listener on a journey, opening with the poised control of Mozart, through the colorful flamboyance of Martinu, to the stormy passion of Schumann. This concert features guest artists Bernadine Blaha, piano, and Omar Chen Guey, violin.

CAFÉ SERIES
6:30 p.m. (dinner) and 8:30 p.m. (show), Thursday, March 10, Nuovo, Worcester.

The Café Series offers concerts at Nuovo Restaurant in Worcester. The next concert, Café

Baroque, highlights Baroque composers Purcell, Bach and Telemann. Enjoy your favorite beverage during the performance or choose the dinner ticket option for a delicious buffet dinner before the show.

VERY OPEN REHEARSALS
5:30-7:30 p.m., Sundays, Nov. 8 and April 10, at a private home.

A VOR is a fascinating opportunity to watch WCMS at work and see how a piece of music is shaped and polished by the musicians. The rehearsals are performed in private homes and include a light dinner following the rehearsal. Proceeds fund WCMS’ Neighborhood Strings program.

There will be a pre-concert talk a half hour before each concert. Tickets are $27-$55 and free for children younger than 17 when accompanied by an adult. All venues are handicapped accessible. For more information, visit worcesterchambermusic.org or call 978-456-2730.

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