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East Coast Chamber Orchestra returns Sunday



The East Coast Chamber Orchestra will return to the Union College Concert Series at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17 in Memorial Chapel.

ECCO’s musicians have regular gigs with other high profile ensembles and orchestras, managing to sync their schedules only rarely for the enjoyment of playing in this more democratic, conductor-less format. The organic group, which rotates leadership duties among its members, will play a varied program of Mozart’s Divertimento in F Major, K. 138, Benjamin Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10, selections from Purcell’s Fantasias for Fifteen Viols and Bartók’s Divertimento for Strings.

The group's musicians have trained at the finest conservatories, are members and principals of major symphony orchestras and are alumni of the famed Marlboro Music Festival.

ECCO combines the strength and power of a great orchestral ensemble with the personal touch of superb chamber music. Formed in 2001, the group has performed at New York’s Town Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center, and in conjunction with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Peoples’ Symphony Concerts.

Last year, the ensemble released its first commercial recording of works by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and ECCO-member Michi Wiancko’s arrangement of a Geminiani Concerto Grosso.

Individual tickets for the Concert Series are $25 or $10 for area students, and are free to members of the campus community. Subscription packages offer significant savings. For information, call 518-388-6080 or visit http://www.unioncollegeconcerts.org.