The Drawing Room Chamber Series at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is a special opportunity to experience professional musicians and orchestral instruments in an intimate atmosphere. These concerts are usually composed of up to five musicians. One thing that is unique to chamber concerts is that the musicians are presenting music that that they have chosen themselves. This is not practical for a larger philharmonic where the pieces that are performed may have been chosen by committee agreement.
The chamber experience is intimate because the music that they perform are pieces that especially move them, pieces that they love to play. The musicians will have the time to talk about why they are playing the music that they chose. They will share bits of wisdom and history and help you to understand what the music means to them. Another thing unique to Hayner’s chamber concerts is that the audience is seated on the same level and in close proximity to the musicians. One tends to hear the instruments with the entire body and not just the ears. The Drawing Room Chamber Concert series is a rich and unique way to experience the same instruments that our young people are learning for band. The series is curated and hosted by Steven Aldredge of Wright State University. Steven is a gifted collaborative pianist as well as a soloist and published composer in his own right.
The 2021- 2022 Drawing Room Chamber Concert Series is on the last Tuesday night of most months in the school year at 7:30 pm. It opens this year on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 7:30 pm with violinist with violinist Tom Sobieski. He will be performing some of his favorite macabre and spooky pieces as only the violin can play. He will be performing some of his favorite macabre and spooky pieces as only the violin can play.
In November the Western Ohio Tuba Quartet will return to the Hayner to masterfully perform holiday favorites on four tubas. Their work is called “masterful” because of the skill of the four tubists. This concert is guaranteed not to overwhelm as one might think, although it might make you vibrate a little!
Tuesday, January 25, 2022, will be a concert with Dayton’s volunteer chamber choir, Musica. Over 18 vocalists will light up the Hayner Ballroom. Flutist Christopher Chaffee will return to the series on Tuesday, February 22 and Amanda Roberts and friends will take the March 29 Drawing Room Chamber Concert. Closing the season on Tuesday, April 26 will be Steven’s own quartet Tutti Solisti. This final concert always brings surprises and special treats.
The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is located at 301 West Main Street in Troy, Ohio. Most concerts, including the Drawing Room Chamber Concert Series are free to the public. Free reservations will be needed for the series due to limited seating. You may obtain your tickets at www.TroyHayner.org/music . Just navigate to the Drawing Room Chamber Concert page and select your favorite concert or phone the Hayner at 937-339-0457.