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Florence B. Price

Florence B. Price

The Paramount Chamber Players Announces its Final Season

August 27, 2019

The 2019-20 concert season is The Paramount Chamber Players’ final season. The ensemble presents two concerts this season in October 2019 and in May 2020 to complete 15 years of bringing chamber music to communities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

The May concert is a celebration of accomplishments. Some highlights of the concert series include the presentation of 100 concerts and well over 100 chamber works, nine commissioned works by local composers, and the presentation of 12 Paramount Chamber Player Awards to students selected by the Bristol Music Club’s Scholarship Auditions.

These practical accomplishments dovetail with collaborations with other local music organizations including the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Mountain Empire Choral Academy, the Highlands Ballet Company, King College, Tusculum College, ETSU and Lincoln Memorial University.

The ensemble has performed at the Paramount Center for the Performing Arts in Bristol as well as in local churches including First Presbyterian in both Bristol and Kingsport, Sinking Spring Presbyterian in Abingdon, St. John’s Episcopal in Johnson City, and Holy Trinity in Kingsport.

They have had many guest artists to join their roster of local musicians. And most importantly, they have had 143 individual donors who have supported the ensemble in its mission.

“As we look back over the last 15 years, we are proud of our mission fulfillment to make chamber music a vital part of our communities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Look forward to seeing you this last season in the concert hall,” says Craig Combs.

Their next concert is entitled “American Women Composers” and features music by Amy Beach, Florence B. Price, Ann Holler and Evelyn Pursley-Kopitzke.

Concerts are held Sept.26 at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, Tennessee. Tickets are $15/adults/$12 seniors/ students free. Friday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. the concert is at the Paramount Center for the Performing Arts, Bristol, Tennessee. Tickets are $15/adults/$12 seniors/ students free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Johnson City, Tennessee, hosts the concert Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15/adults/$12 seniors/ students free. Sunday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m., the concert is at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, Abingdon, Virginia. The concert is part of the Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series. Tickets are $10 adults/ students free.

For more information about the group, visit www.craigcombs.com.