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Celebrating the "Magic of Great Chamber Music": The Boston Artists Ensemble

By Susanne Carter

The Boston Artists Ensemble (BAE) has provided Boston area audiences with inspiring chamber musical experiences for the past 35 years. Striving to provide "a mix of great masterpieces, hidden gems, and new classics-to-be that span the spectrum of chamber music," according to BAE founder and artistic director Jonathan Miller, the ensemble features "distinguished artists who share an intense devotion to chamber music, a profound insight into its meaning and the exquisite technique required to reveal it to the audience."

Miller is a 43 year veteran of the internationally reknown Boston Symphony, and many of the BAE performers are also BSO members.

Chamber music is a type of classical music composed for a small group of instruments. This year's BAE lineup consists of seven violin players, three viola players, one clarinet player, one cello player, and two pianists.

The Boston Artists Ensemble explores great music written from the 18th to the 21st century, spanning three centuries of musical genius. "Whenever possible," says Miller," we bring the composer to talk to the audience about their work. This has met with great success among our audiences. The composer's talks give the audiences a framework in which to listen to and appreciate the music. We continue to collaborate with composers and to commission and perform new works."

The Ensemble has an active following among Boston chamber music lovers and presents five concerts per season in two beautiful venues: historic Hamilton Hall in Salem- an architectural beauty known for its great acoustics- and its newest venue- St. Paul's Church in Brookline, which Miller describes as "one of the greatest chamber music halls in existence anywhere."

The Boston Artists Ensemble began as a resident chamber ensemble for Public Broadcasting Station WGBH in 1980, performing weekly concerts. The following year, the non-profit organization began giving public concerts. The Boston Globe has published several glowing reviews of BAE's concerts and praises its quality as "some of the most vibrant, warm-hearted music to be heard. All these players possess chops, beauty of tone, and active imaginations. Their sense of ensemble is simply superb."

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