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Worcester Chamber Music Society is back

WCMSThe Worcester Chamber Music Society is back with concerts throughout Worcester County. Its ninth season features three unique offerings: the Main Stage Series, Café Concerts and Very Open Rehearsals (VOR). The Main Stage Series features a blend of chamber music gems and works rarely performed in this area. The Café Series offers lighter fare, and the VORs engage the audience in an educational experience.

WCMS is a musical ensemble founded and performing locally. 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.


Water Games
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, Unitarian Universalist Church, Harvard.
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, First Baptist Church, Worcester.
From the lonely whale song illuminated in Vox Balaenae to the cascading playful water of Ravel’s Jeux d’eau, art and music express an inner world ~ sometimes soulful and serene, sometimes dark and menacing. This show features Geoffrey Burleson on the piano. In conjunction with “Luminous Will,” an exhibition of paintings by Kat O’Connor at the Worcester Center for Crafts from Oct. 9-Nov. 22.

Annual Family Concert: The Emperor’s New Clothes
3 p.m., Sunday, March 1, Mechanics Hall, Worcester.
The stories of the vain emperor who is tricked into wearing no clothes and Katy the bulldozer, who makes it possible for the townspeople to do their jobs, are told through music, art and narration. Rohan Gregory will narrate, and special guests William Kirkley (clarinet) and Robert Schultz (percussion) will play. In conjunction with Youth Art Month, drawings created by Worcester Public School students will be projected above the musicians to compliment the story telling. Following the performance, the children are invited to meet the musicians and see the instruments up close.

Bach and Beyond
7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9, Unitarian Universalist Church, Harvard.
4 p.m., Sunday, April 12, Mechanics Hall/Washburn, Worcester.
Considered by many to be the greatest composer of the entire Western classical tradition, J. S. Bach continues to be an inspiration. This concert features works of the master alongside 20th- and 21st-century works based on the music of Bach.

The café series continues with concerts at Nuovo Restaurant (March 12) and one concert at Eric’s La Patisserie (Jan. 15). Enjoy wine and dessert during the performance for a real French Café experience or choose the dinner ticket option for a buffet dinner before the show.

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

Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit worcesterchambermusic.org.

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