|The Cicada Chamber
Players is a group of New York based professional musicians
dedicated to generating interest in chamber music by performing with
promising young musicians in concerts to raise funds for important
social causes and local charities.
"It all started with a simple wish. I wanted my
friend and New York Philharmonic colleague, Jon Deak to
compose a chamber music piece for my sixtieth birthday.
The premier of Yamamba at Merkin Hall in New York City on
January 24, 2007 marked the founding of what has become the
Cicada Chamber Players and since then concerts to benefit
local service organizations featuring talented young
classical musicians have been performed in Portland, Maine
and Nyack, New York.
The cicada seemed an apt metaphor for me
coming from a long orchestral career into the chamber music
world so why not the Cicada Chamber Players? It has a nice
ring and happens to be a prominently used metaphor in
Chinese and Japanese poetry."