Linda Holland and friends presents new chamber music

NATHAN BARRETT, Channels Staff

City College will experience an afternoon of chamber music, as Linda Holland and Friends will be performing at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Fé Bland Forum.

The trio has been playing for 13 years and has performed on campus at the Garvin Theatre. Last year, they released a CD.

“I’ve always heard that her shows are pretty solid,” said City College student Ethan Jones, “I am looking forward to seeing the group play.”

The group consists of Holland, a flutist, Jacqueline Greenshields, a cellist, and Anne Wegner, a pianist. All three women are City College faculty.

Guest musicians, Nikolai Kapustin and City College alumnus Trevor Colin, are accompanying the trio.

The group will be performing four pieces in the hour and a half long show.

In the first half of the show, the group will be performing two standard pieces. A standard piece is a composition that is classic and has been performed many times.

During the second half of the event, they will perform two modern compositions written by Holland and Kapustin.

Holland’s composition has not been performed yet and will be the first piece played during the second half. Kapustin wrote the second original composition in 2006.

“We like to play two modern pieces because people haven’t heard them before,” said Holland. “Chamber is an intimate form of classical music, instead of tens of musicians. There is generally four who control the stage.”

There is no conductor which allows the players to connect more with the audience.

“It also gives them more room to perform since there isn’t a conductor taking charge,” said Holland.

This concert will be the second of 15 concerts memorializing Harold Dunn, a former City College professor who helped build the music and art departments.

The Fé Bland Forum is a small venue that seats about 140 people. According to Holland, this is “the perfect size for chamber music.”

Tickets are on sale for $15 general admission and $10 for students.