ECCO returns to Union with bonus Brahms performance

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The East Coast Chamber Orchestra will return to Memorial Chapel as part of the Union College Concert Series on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.

ECCO’s regularly scheduled performance at 3 p.m. will be preceded by a special performance of Brahms’s Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 at 2 p.m. The 40-minute Brahms performance will be offered at no charge to all ticket buyers.

The ECCO’s musicians have regular gigs with other high profile ensembles and orchestras, managing to sync their schedules only rarely for the fun 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 B-flat Major, K. 138, Erik Satie’s familiar Gymnopedie No. 1, Gesualdo’s Tristis est anima mea, two new works by David Ludwig and Judd Greenstein, and an arrangement of Ravel’s celebrated String Quartet in F Major.

The group is made up of musicians who 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.

Individual tickets are $25 or $10 for students. Subscription packages offer significant savings. For information, call (518) 388-6080 or click here.