Artist / Program Description:
The Pilgrim Chamber Players is a unique ensemble of professional musicians presenting innovative chamber music concerts. Core members Carol Honigberg (piano), Anita Rieder (flute), and Donald Draganski (composer), together with oustanding guest artists, offer exciting programs blending old favorites and new music written for interesting combinations of winds, strings, and piano. They have presented concerts through WFMT, Roosevelt University, NEIU’s Jewel Box Series, Columbia College, Lewis University, Chicago Cultural Center, and Unity Temple Series among others. They have also given children's programs for the Kohl Children's Museum, Focus on the Arts at Highland Park High School, and for middle schools to young children. The Pilgrim Chamber Players won the National Flute Association’s Professional Chamber Music Competition with their performance of Draganski’s Trio From Rio, written for them and recorded for Albany Records.
Concert programs can be arranged so that they are suitable for concert halls, school auditoriums, classrooms, or senior centers. The performers always introduce programmed works and briefly discuss each composer. Repertoire ranges from well-known composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms to twentieth-century composers such as Shostakovich, Villa-Lobos, and Piazzolla. Great works by little-known composers are always included. Innovative programming makes the Pilgrim Chamber Players unique, leaving audiences with a feeling of discovery and joy.