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Chamber Music on the Hill will open its latest concert series Wednesday with a performance mixing classical and modern trios, leading the way for a variety of shows throughout the rest of the year.

The Summer Delights concert, being held 7 p.m. at McDaniel College, will feature international performers such as pianist Nancy Roldan, violinist Jose Miguel Cueto and cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski, performing the works of Beethoven and Dvorak, as well as the world premiere by Baltimore composer Richard Lake.

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Chamber Music on the Hill artistic director, David Kreider, said the organization has attempted to present a blend of performers from local artists to international musicians as well as a variety of types of music. He said the variety is an important component of drawing people who haven't previously attended the concerts.

"We have a mission to popularize chamber music. Unfortunately, it has kind of a high class, high brow connotation," Kreider said. "It's not that kind of music at all. It's for everybody. I want everybody to enjoy it and realize how great it can be."

Chamber music, according to Kreider, is simply any performance with one musician per part of the music. While an orchestra can feature multiple musicians playing the same part on the same instrument, a chamber performance gives each artist their own music to perform.

"There's nothing highfalutin about it," Kreider said. "It can be any combination of instruments. It can be a guitar and a flute, or a guitar and accordion together.

"That's chamber music. There's an infinite number of combinations."

Summer Delight is the start of the group's 2015 season. Following the summer concert, Chamber Music on the Hill will present the Charm City Chamber Players in September performing string sextets. In November, it will branch out for A Night of Opera and Art Song, featuring Ukrainian soprano Stefania Dovhan alongside Kreider on the piano.

The final concert of the 2015 season is Two Guys and Two Pianos in which McDaniel professors Don Horneff and Kreider will perform piano duos together.

The first piece of the Summer Delights performance is the premiere of an elegy written by Lake, a former professor at McDaniel College. According to Kreider, the piece is written in memory of Morris Mosche Cotel, a member of the Peabody faculty and former colleague of Lake's. Following the premiere, the musicians will perform Beethoven's Trio Op 70, No. 1 in D Major, also known as Beethoven's Ghost Trio based on its strange and ghostly harmonies; and Dvorak's Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, also known as the Dumky Trio.

According to MaryEllen Jackle, with Chamber Music on the Hill, Roldan and Cueto have served on the faculty of the Peabody Institute and performed at several Chamber concerts in the past. Skoraczewski, new to the series, is the principal cellist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Kreider said the Chamber music concerts began in 1990, after the BSO canceled its Westminster series of performances. Over the years, he said the chamber music series has become a local institution. Despite its long-history, he said he still finds people misunderstand the concept of chamber music.

"It's just an unfamiliar term. Audiences tend to think, 'Oh that must be way beyond me,' but nothing could be further from the truth," Kreider said. "It's taken a while to build up a core audience, but we've definitely grown over the years."

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If You Go

What: Summer Delights

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 29

Where: WMC Alumni Hall, McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster

Cost: $15 general admission, $10 seniors and military. Children and students are admitted free.

For more information: Visit www.mcdaniel.edu/Music/cmoth.html or call 410-596-1022.

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