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Camarada, the chamber music ensemble, is dedicated to presenting invigorating performances of musical masterworks. Established in 1994, Camarada's goal is to create an inviting and expansive artistic experience for audiences. Camarada concerts share the joy of chamber music by pairing performers of the highest caliber with intimate spaces throughout San Diego.

Camarada was created in 1994 by Beth Ross-Buckley, flute, Ann Chase, soprano and Mary Barranger, piano. After 15 years of successful music-making, a new vision for Camarada will emphasize its original camaraderie and genuine passion of making music together. Travis Maril, viola and Dana Burnett, piano join founding member Beth Ross-Buckley, flute in this new venture. All three have significant chamber music experience and bring to Camarada a renewed zest for intimate chamber music, collaborating with a variety of artists, commissioning music by American composers and recording projects. Camarada concerts will reach a larger audience base and create more media exposure with new technology and flair.

There are no boundaries to the musical selections of Camarada. Concerts are designed to appeal to all ages and geographic areas of San Diego. Camarada's eclectic concerts include a wide range of style and composers from Bach to the Beatles. Concert offerings include American composers Copland, Bernstein, Rorem, Ives, and Lieberman; the Latin music of de Falla, Rodrigo, Piazzolla, and Villa-lobos; European masters J .S. Bach, Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel, Debussy and Martinu as well as "world" composers such as Ravi Shankar, the Beatles, Sephardic music, traditional Irish music, and Flamenco beat.

Dedicated to the compositions of living composers, Camarada has commissioned several works specifically for its unique combination of voices and instruments. In the 2001-2002 season, Camarada was the proud recipient of the Ackerman Foundation Grant which enabled it to commission and perform two new works: The New Rule by John Lorge, and I Am the Wind by David Ward-Steinman. Both of these pieces were enthusiastically received by local audiences, and a CD of this performance has been recorded. In the fall of 2001, Camarada created and performed Tango: The Music of Astor Piazzolla for the unique instrumentation and personnel of Camarada. In 2004 the Ackerman Foundation Grant funded a commission by world class American violinist/composer Mark O'Connor. This collaboration created a work called The Fallen for solo flute, string quartet and double bass. This strong and haunting piece is dedicated to all who have given their lives in war.

Commissioning works for children is a priority for Camarada. Kamarada Kidz, an extension of Camarada, which offers concerts designed for children and families. Critters for narrator and wind quintet as well as A Little Bird Told Me was composed by John Lorge. Both works were highly received in concerts presented for schoolchildren throughout San Diego. In addition to the above commissioned compositions, Kamarada Kidz also presented Many Moons, a fully-staged musical fable by Celius Dougherty and Peter and the Wolf for narrator and wind quintet by Sergei Prokofiev. Kamarada Kidz continues to develop new educational programs to perform for the San Diego Schools and The Balboa Park 5th Grade program. This year (2009) the Kamarada Kidz Wind Quartet performed educational concerts for over 5,000 students in the San Diego area. Sponsorship for the above events and commissions has come from The Thomas Ackerman Foundation, San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, The Fallbrook Music Society.
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