The Paramount Chamber Players

Chamber Music for the Mountain Empire


An evening I will never forget. One of the most talented chamber orchestras and vocal ensembles in the country. . . The Paramount Chamber Players. - J. Buck Ford, February 13, 2016

10th Anniversary programs were great! I am looking forward to 10 more years! - Pat Sheets, Johnson City Dynamic Contributor, May 31, 2015


Thank you for another magnificent concert in Abingdon today! - Julie Powell, Abingdon Dynamic Contributor, May 2, 2015


Exquisite sounds from the mountains flow like warm arms outreached. So brands the music of (the) Paramount Chamber Players. - Bristol Herald Courier, October 23, 2014

Oh, the quality of the Paramount Players is absolutely unbelievable - Bristol Herald Courier, April 26, 2012


Why all the fuss? Talent in abundance, thatís why.  - Bristol Herald Courier, April 14, 2011


The Paramount Chamber Players have enriched the musical life in our area in ways too numerous to mention. - Laura Ann Warner, President of The Bristol Music Club


Four words say it all.. . . You feed my soul. - Beth McCoy, Director Emerita of MECCA



2018-19 Concert Season


The Undiscovered


The Paramount Chamber Players presents Vignettes: Covered Wagon Woman by Alan Louis Smith. Taken from the daily journal of Margaret Ann Alsip Frink, the text tells the story of of her journey with her family across the American continent in 1850 during the California Gold Rush. Playing the part of Frink is mezzo soprano Hannah Dishman, native Bristolian returning to perform TPCP from New York City. Preceding this unusual story is music featuring the oboe and bassoon, a discovery of sound and color.



W.A.Mozart: Sonate for bassoon & cello K.292

Francis Poulenc: Trio for Oboe, Basson, and Piano

Alan Louis Smith: Vignettes: Covered Wagon Woman


September 27-30, 2018

Thu. Sept 27th 7:30pm First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN
Fri. Sept 28th 7:30pm St. Johns Episcopal Church, Johnson City, TN
Sat. Sept 29th 7:30pm Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN
Sun. Sept 30th 3:00pm Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, Abingdon, VA


Magic Butterfly


The Paramount Chamber Players joins forces with Highlands Ballet Company to present the world premier of Evelyn Pursley-Kopitzkeís Magic Butterfly, a brand-new ballet, set in Africa. The ballet tells the story of a child who has been rewarded with an adventurous magical journey through Africa because she decided not to collect (kill) butterflies anymore. The music was expanded from African Vignettes, two 15-minute tone poems also by Pursley-Kopitzke, to an approximately 80-minute work for mixed chamber ensemble. Magic Butterfly is a world premiere of a work written, prepared and performed by local community talent.



Magic Butterfly


March 15th & 16th , 2019

Fri. March 15th 7:30pm McGlothlin Center for the Arts, Emory and Henry College, Emory, VA
Sat. March 16th 7:30pm Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN



Musical Gems: The Beauty of Simplicity


Mastering compositional skills and understanding the mystery of music composition is a complex and often difficult journey. Ironically, the most impressive music is often that which sounds simple and beautiful.  TPCP brings you a program of musical gems designed to illustrate this conundrum. Mark Owen Davis will present Beethovenís "An die ferne Geliebte", the song that forged the path for many composers afterward. In addition, Mark will share his vision of the importance of this song to future musical generations. Two gorgeous oboe sonatas by Saint-Saens and Poulenc presented to you by oboist, Larry Mueller and Zachary Millwood, bassoonist, will join us again to share the stage with a potpourri of lesser known musical gems .    



Beethoven: Adelaide 

Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Oboe and Piano

Saint-SaŽns: Sonata for Oboe and Piano

Vaughn Williams: Six Studies in English Folk Song for Bassoon and Piano

Peter Hope: Four Sketches for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon


March 14 & 17

Thur. March 14th 7:30pm First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN
Sun. March 17th 3:00pm Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, Abingdon, VA



Masterworks of Chamber Music


In our final offerings of the 2018-19 season, TPCP presents a program featuring compositions of historical importance.Since its first performance in 1843, Schumannís Piano Quintet has never disappeared from the canon of frequently heard chamber works. Itís rare combination of lyricism and angst was a pinnacle of its time. Juxtaposed against this powerful tapestry is the clarity and grace of Mozartís piano trio in E major, K 542 - one of the first piano trios where the strings have equal importance to the piano. Topping off this program is J. S. Bachís Concerto for Oboe díamore, BWV 1055.



Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet

W. A. Mozart: Piano Trio in EM, K542

J. S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe díamore in AM BWV 1055


May 2-5, 2019

Thu. May 2nd 7:30pm First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN
Fri.  May 3rd 7:30pm St. Johns Episcopal Church, Johnson City, TN
Sat. May 4th 7:30pm Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN
Sun. May 5th 3:00pm Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, Abingdon, VA


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