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Sheffield Chamber Players launch commissioning project

Sheffield commission project
Kenji Bunch, Kevin Day, Osvaldo Golijov, and Jessie Montgomery will create new music for the group

Bringing the past into the present, and leading to the future

Sheffield Chamber Players, a rising group on the Boston regional classical music scene, was founded in 2014 on the belief that experiencing chamber music in the intimate settings for which it was written profoundly changes the way listeners respond to music, and to each other. In June 2021 they announced an ambitious commissioning project that will allow the group to present annual premieres by some of the country’s prominent and rising composers over the next five years.

Sheffield Chamber Players

Compositions will come from (pictured left to right) widely performed and critically acclaimed Oregon-based composer Kenji Bunch; rising Texas composer Kevin Day, whose commission will be the first to premiere, in Sheffield’s Spring 2022 season; Argentina-born Guggenheim Fellow, MacArthur Fellow, and Grammy Award-winner Osvaldo Golijov; and New York City-based violinist and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Composer-in-Residence designate Jessie Montgomery.

The ensemble believes that hearing music in close proximity to musicians, allows the audience to hear the expressive subtleties of a performance with unprecedented clarity. Sheffield’s musical experiences are enhanced by giving audiences details about composers’ backgrounds, and stories behind the music.

Learn more about Sheffield’s commissioning project and the composers being represented.