This 16-member ensemble for strings, winds, and piano consists almost exclusively of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians. The current Artistic Director, Paula Peace, has led the group virtually since its inception in 1976.
The ACP’s commitment to presenting classical music to audiences outside of the traditional concert hall is particularly evident in the pub setting of its “Chamber Music at the Tavern” programs at New American Shakespeare Tavern in downtown Atlanta. In addition to performing in venues as diverse as the High Museum of Art, the Ahavath Achim Synagogue, and Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, the ensemble also presents its annual six-concert “Soirée Series,” a highly sought-after, subscription-only series of intimate concerts performed in private homes in the Atlanta area.
In an effort to promote the creation of new music by Southern composers, the Atlanta Chamber Players (in collaboration with The Antinori Foundation) instituted “Rapido! A 14-day Composition Contest” in 2009, which culminated in the April 2010 premiere performance of Jon Jeffrey Grier’s Rapid Variations on A-C-P. The 2010 iteration of “Rapido!” expanded into a tri-regional competition, including New England and the Midwest.
Atlanta Chamber Players Information
- Venues: Performances held at multiple venues each season
- Public Transportation: Varies by venue
- Handicapped Accessibility: Depends on venue, but generally good
- Performances/Programs: Vary by season and program
- Ticket Prices: $20–$25. Students w/ID receive a discount ranging from $10 tickets to half price tickets
- Subscriptions: Subscribers can choose from three, four, and five show packages. Quintet Package – all 5 concerts is $75; Quartet Package – Any 4 concerts is $65; Trio Package – Any 3 concerts is $50. The Soirée Series is a six-subscription concert series that takes place in homes and smaller settings. The soirées are fully subscribed with a waiting list and are limited to approximately 70 attendees at each
- Rapido! Composition Contest: The ‘Rapido! Composition Contest’ is a 14-day contest to write music on deadline for a cash award and a future commission. It is an idea created by the Atlanta Chamber Players & The Antinori Foundation to promote new works for chamber ensemble. Contestants must compose an original work of 4-6 minutes during the 14-day contest. The winner of the contest is given a commission to complete the originally submitted work for a performance by the Atlanta Chamber Players. Visit the website for more information on this years contest.