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



2017-18 Concert Season

Pure Classics


We refer to the 65 Mustang, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, the I Love Lucy Show, and Elvisí Canít Help Falling in Love with You as classics because each in their own way clearly defined a cultural moment. Similarly, the music of Haydn Mozart, and Beethoven defines The Classical Period, music composed between 1750 - 1820. The Paramount Chamber Players along with guest pianist, Wayne Johnson of Kingsport, TN, presents a program illustrating the pure classicism of these great composers.



Piano Trio no. 9 in A Major, Hob XV: 9 by Joseph Haydn

Piano Quartet in E Flat op.16 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Clarinet Quintet in A Major K. 581 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


October 5 - October 9, 2017

Thu. Oct 5th 7:30pm Holy Trinity Lutherian Church, Kingsport, TN
Fri. Oct 6th 7:30pm Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN
Sat. Oct. 7th 7:30pm St John's Episcopal, Johnson City, TN
Sun. Oct. 8th 3:00pm Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, Abingdon, VA



For the Love of Country


Music has always played an important part in creating cultural identity. The Paramount Chamber Players presents four composers, each important to the development of a sense of national identity and each created or expanded a musical style that became identified with his home country. Represented are France, Spain, Germany and the United States in the music of Gaubert, Turina, Bloch and Schumann.



Cantilenne and Danse - Marc Eychenne

Piano Trio no. 3 in G minor, op. 110 by Robert Schumann

Trio in D, op. 12, no. 1 by Tommasi Giordani

Piano Quartet in A Minor, op. 67 by Joaquin Turina


February 1st - February 4th, 2018

Thu. Feb 1st 7:30pm Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Kingsport TN
Fri. Feb 2nd 7:30pm St John's Episcopal, Johnson City, TN
Sat. Feb 3rd 7:30pm Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN
Sun. Feb 4th 3:00pm Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, Abingdon, VA


Of Bohemians and Princes


TPCP presents two great masterpieces in our final concert, the Archduke Piano Trio, so named for its dedication to the Archduke Rudolph of Austria, friend and mentor of Beethoven.  The work is recognized as one of the most transcendent works in all of chamber music for both its combination of spiritual and earth-bound qualities. The second half is the Dvorak piano quartet, a work filled with folk melodies and the sounds of gypsy rhythms. Brahms, who admitted a jealousy of Dvorakís ability to pour out melody easily, championed Dvorakís music. Itís no wonder that his music has been an audience favorite for more than one hundred years!




Piano Trio, op. 97 (Archduke) by Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Quartet in E flat, op. 87 by Antonio Dvorak


May 3rd - May 6th 2018

Thu. May 3rd 7:30pm First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN
Fri.  May 4th 7:30pm St. John's Episcopal Church, Johnson City, TN
Sat. May 5th 7:30pm Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN
Sun. May 6th 3:00pm Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, Abingdon, VA




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