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The Forum to Present Spark at Prior-Jollek Hall on April 8

“This is not your grandfather’s chamber music.” Spark is a quintet that plays at folk festivals, jazz clubs and the great concert halls of the world in Amsterdam, London, Shanghai, Berlin and Barcelona. Spark will perform at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 8, at Prior-Jollek Hall on the Antilles School campus.

The five young artists take over the stage with as many as 40 different instruments, from the 10-inch sopranino recorder to the 7-foot tall sub-bass.  Their diverse program ranges from Handel and Bach to the percussive rhythms of Kenji Bunch, very much a 21st century composer. Spark combines the virtuosity and precision of a classical chamber music ensemble with the power and grit of a folk band.

Tickets cost: adults: $35; teachers: $10; students: free. On sale at Medicine Shoppe (Havensight), Frenchtown Deli, Chelsea Drugstore (Red Hook) and Antilles School Administration Office. Or purchase online at or

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For information, call 776-7828 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., weekdays.

The full program follows:

Spark members are Andrea Ritter, recorder; Daniel Koschitzki, recorder and melodica; Stefan Balázsovics, violin and viola; Victor Plumettaz, violoncello and Blair McMillen, piano

“When the cock crowed his warning” (2007) by  Chiel Meijering (1954- )

“The Arrival” (inspired by “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba) by G. F. Handel (1685-1759) /arr. Ritter                                                                                                                                                          

“Rain” by Ryuichi Sakamoto (1952- )

“Songs In Other Words” (2014): [Venezian Gondola Song] by Kamran Ince (1960- )

Beyoncé (2012) by Chiel Meijering (1954- )

“Greensleeves” by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)  Traditional English /arr. Koschitzki                                                                                                      

“Concerto in E Minor, TWV 52: e1, Presto ”  by G. Ph. Telemann (1681-1767) /arr. Koschitzki

 “Scotch Club” (2017) by  Victor Plumettaz (1986- )                                                          


“Sheep may safely graze” by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) [Hunting Cantata BWV 208, 1713]     

Two Etudes (2006) by Marc Mellits (1966- ):  “Medieval Induction” and “Defensive Chili”

“Stonehenge” (2002) by Péter Pejtsik (1968- )

“Alpha Dog” (2011) by Kenji Bunch (1973- ): Lively/ Moderate/ Interlude-Fast

“Candybox” (2009/2013) by Chiel Meijering (1954- )

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