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ChamberPalooza! 2022

ChamberPalooza! was thrilled to be back at the Cincinnati Art Museum for Family Fun Day, a day of live chamber music, on Saturday, September 3, 2022. The ever-popular instrument “Petting Zoo” was located nearby for a hands-on exploration of musical instruments. Door prizes included tickets for upcoming musical events, CDs and more! Click here to see the photos!

This year, for the first time in our history, Chamber Music Network commissioned the premiere of a new chamber piece, “Hope is the Thing with Feathers” by Alyssa Morris, CCM trained oboist and composer, and now Assistant Professor of Oboe and Music Theory at Kansas State University. The piece was dedicated to those lost to Covid during the pandemic and performed by Sonya Szabo-Reynolds, piano; Jacob Martin, oboe; and Tom Guth, cello.

Click here to see the World Premiere performance on YouTube!

Click here to see Alyssa Morris' poignant introduction to her composition.


Click here to read more about Alyssa.

Click here to read the composer's program notes. 

Sonya Szabo-Reynolds, immediate Past President of Ohio Music Teachers Association, is a highly respected pianist and pedagogue. Recipient of OhioMTA's Nationally Certified Teacher of the Year award in 2016, her students have achieved numerous awards and scholarships. Sonya is member of the College of Examiners for Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music, and holds Royal Conservatory of Music certification as Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Specialist. Sonya taught at Xavier University from 1993-2020. As a collaborative pianist, Sonya has performed with principal players of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Sonya is a board member and performer with the Cincinnati Chamber Music Network, and since its inception she has appeared nearly every year at CMN’s ChamberPalooza! event held at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Sonya graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan School of Music, where she received both her Master and Bachelor degrees in piano.

Jacob Martin is the principal oboe of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Haifa, Israel, appointed to that position in spring 2022 by Maestro Yoel Levi. Prior to his appointment with the HSO, he held positions with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra and Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and was a frequent sub with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, even going on tour with them in 2021.

Tom Guth, cello, has been an active orchestral and chamber musician in the Cincinnati area for over 25 years since graduating from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He is an associate member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, adjunct faculty at Xavier University, and principal cello of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and Blue Ash-Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. Tom is a founding member of Cincinnati Collegium as well as frequent performer with Dr. Earl Rivers at Knox Presbyterian Church in Hyde Park. On Sunday mornings you can find him playing the organ at St. Paul Community United Methodist Church in Madeira. He maintains a private cello studio at his home in West Chester where he resides with his wife Beth and their three children Meredith, Jack, and Gretchen.

These were the other performing artists:

Noon  Matinée Musicale: Talia Zoll, soprano & Toni Sheffer, piano  

12:25  Moyen Age, Medieval Music

12:50  Antigone String Quartet

1:15    Vincent Phelan/Toni Sheffer, violin and piano

1:40    Slavic Voices, Ukrainian Songs*
2:05    World Premiere: "Hope is the Thing with Feathers" Trio for oboe, cello and piano

2:30    Bacchanal Steel Band
2:55    Wayside Winds
3:20    Kevin Norton Trio — US Premiere

3:45    Peraza Music Workshop

* Donations for victims of the war in Ukraine were taken by Slavic Voices following their performance.

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Jacob Martin, Sonya Szabo-Reynolds and Tom Guth performed the World Premiere of "Hope is a thing with feathers" by Alyssa Morris at ChamberPalooza on September 3, 2022.

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