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Review: University Chamber Players bring the house down

The University Chamber Players performed at Person Hall Monday night.
Buy Photos The University Chamber Players performed at Person Hall Monday night.

The UNC Department of Music presented the public with a free concert Monday night from University Chamber Players that filled Person Hall with sweet, sweet sounds.

Hands down, this was one of the most enjoyable free events I have been to here on campus. As soon as the music started, I completely forgot that students were playing the various instruments and not professionals.  

From the beginning of the concert, no words were uttered, instead the department let the music speak for itself. And it spoke loud and clear. Immediately the entire room was filled with the sounds of the first piece which featured a beautiful blend of a piano, cello and flute. 

Other instruments played throughout the night were the oboe, violin and viola. Each brought a different sound that blended beautifully together. 

The concert had six individual pieces that were each made up of three to five different students who are either in the music department or are very dedicated non-majors. Each student was dressed professionally in all-black attire with a soft smile across their face, which warmed the room.

Each piece of music was like a story from start to finish that captivated the audience. No one spoke or hardly moved during the entire hour-and-fifteen-minute performance. 

The audience weren't the only people entranced by the music, the musicians themselves gave it their all — from their facial expressions to full body movements, they all became one with the music during each of their pieces.

It was amazing to watch how much each of the players connected with their music and their fellow musicians. The passion each player and the faculty who were present that oversee the program have for their music was evident. 

The concert ended on an eerie piece titled “Trio #2 in E minor, Op. 67” by Dmitri Shostakovich which was my personal favorite. This instant crowd-pleasing piece seemed to hang in the rafters of the room long after the last note was played with a beautifully haunting melody. 

To say that the concert was entertaining is to say the least — the concert was moving and uplifting. It gave the audience a safe place to listen to sweet sounds and let their mind wander away from all of the stress that December brings.


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