The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to perform larger chamber works—from quintets to octets—with players who customarily work together, instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests. The ensemble, which draws from the principal players of the larger academy orchestra, has extensive touring commitments, with annual visits to France, Germany and Spain, and frequent tours to North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan.
The ensemble gave a stellar performance at Weber State University in 2003, and this performance promises no less.
Joachim Raff’s Octet for strings in C Major, Op. 176 Shostakovich’s Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, Op. 11 Mendelssohn’s Octet for strings in E-flat Major, Op. 20