Pleasanton Chamber Players presenting Czech composers

Concert pieces rich with deep Slavic influences

“Czech Mates” is coming to the Firehouse on May 19 courtesy of Pleasanton Chamber Players. (Contributed image)

The Pleasanton Chamber Players return to the Firehouse Arts Center at 2 p.m. next Sunday (May 19), with "Czech Mates," a program featuring classical chamber music from the Czech Republic: Three Madrigals by Bohuslav Martinu; Four Pieces for Violin and Piano Op. 17 by Josef Suk; Silent Woods Op. 94 by Antonin Dvorak; String Quartet "Kreutzer Sonata" by Leos Janacek; and the Piano Quintet Op. 81 by Dvorak.

Rich with deep Slavic influences, the pieces are virtuosic and elegant. The performers are top-tier soloists and chamber musicians from the Tri-Valley and the greater Bay Area: Nigel Armstrong (violin), Rochelle Nguyen (violin), Elbert Tsai (violin), Christina Simpson (viola), James Jaffe (cello), Brady Anderson (cello) and Tamirzhan Yerzhanov (piano).

This concert marks the second season at the Firehouse for Pleasanton Chamber Players director Brady Anderson. He is a founding member of the Alden Trio and performs chamber music around the world, in addition to his teaching and coaching roles.

Tickets are $15-$25, with senior and student discounts available. Go to, call 931-4848, or purchase at the theater box office, 4444 Railroad Ave.

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