An online chamber music festival tomorrow, a special offer, and a link to a concert video 
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Dear friends and members of ACMP,

Best wishes for the new year ahead - and congratulations to all of us who made it through 2020 and found creative ways to make music despite all the obstacles! Also, thank you to all of you who contributed to ACMP's year-end fundraising campaign - I was touched by your generosity.

I was going to take a bit of a breather, but I just heard about this special online chamber music festival tomorrow:
The JamKazam Classical Music Festival
TOMORROW, January 2, starting at 12 noon CST

Ten different ensembles will perform during a 3+ hour free festival. The live broadcast will be on YouTube here: There is also a Facebook Event Page

One of the ten featured ensembles is a piano quartet of ACMP musicians!

The Carnac Quartet:

Michael Casassa, violin
Mike Garrahan, viola
Valerie Matthews, cello
Susan Alexander, piano

The Carnac quartet will be performing at approximately 1:10pm CST - with short works by contemporary composers Jonathan Newmark and Mark G. Simon, along with two movements from Gabriel Fauré's famous Piano Quartet in C minor, Opus 15.

Come and support your ACMP musician friends!
And speaking of JamKazam, another bit of breaking news:

As many of you know, JamKazam in transitioning into paid plans I negotiated a group discount on one-year "Gold Plans" for ACMP members. 50% off, in fact - not bad! 

If any of you are interested, you need to join ACMP first (if you are not already a member) and also create a free account on JamKazam. (The free plan, unfortunately, does not allow you to do much...) Then, please email me with "Gold Plan" in the subject heading, letting me know the email address associated with your JamKazam account and whether or not you would like it activated right away. Once I have a list of people, I will pass the email addresses on to JamKazam, and you will get a misleading email telling you to enjoy your free account. Then I will spoil the party by sending you an invoice for $50, payable to ACMP! Better than $100 though...The process might take a couple days, but it's worth the wait.

For more information on JamKazam, please read Susan Alexander's excellent article on the ACMP website, here.

And let's not forget Jamulus - another excellent platform for playing chamber music in real time on the internet. Jamulus is free, so I don't need to negotiate special deals. For those of you who did not yet see it, I wrote an article about it with links to an excellent how-to guide by ACMP members and friends, here. If you are already on Jamulus, try to find me today at 2pm EST, where I will be enjoying a super informal open session classical chamber music party with a number of ACMP players. I changed by Jamulus name to "ACMP Stephanie" and I will try to be on one of the servers on the Classical Servers list. We will see who shows up, but some suggested repertoire is Brandenburg 3, Brandenburg 6, Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Divertimento in D K. 136, and Schoenberg's chamber arrangement of Johann Strauss' Kaiserwaltz. All of these are on IMSLP - for the Strauss, you need to click the "Arrangements" tab - that one has flute, clarinet and piano. If you play an instrument not included in these suggestions, feel free to show up and suggest other repertoire - we can take a pause and download other pieces!

There are plenty of other online chamber music platforms too. Please keep those ideas flowing - I already have a long list of options to explore, which I will start doing soon...Also, if you have any special events coming up, please post them on our website and let me know. Speaking of which - 

For those of you who missed it:
ACMP violinist and board member Dr. Anthony Vine took part in a special "Live with Carnegie Hall" event featuring Joshua Bell and the National Virtual Medical Orchestra. This beautiful and festive concert is archived here:

Live with Carnegie Hall: Music as Medicine

Actually, Anthony was one of the doctors interviewed in this clip about the event on The Today Show!

As you can see - ACMP members are movers and shakers...

Let's keep the music alive, and here is to a wonderful and fulfilling year ahead!

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