Concertante Chamber Players performed its first concert as a string chamber orchestra in 1995. Over the years, the ensemble transformed into a flexible sextet, performing in varied combinations and receiving critical acclaim for concerts spanning forty-one states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as Canada, China, and Israel.
On May 5, 2012, Concertante reestablished itself as a string sextet committed to collaboration, education, and innovation. The ensemble aims to share a wide breadth of chamber music with the most diverse audiences.
As collaborators, the members of Concertante work with other musicians, performing artists, and non-performing artists to program repertoire beyond string sextets.
As educators, the members of Concertante seek to involve audiences in concerts, such as through the interactive concert format developed by the ensemble, entitled "How To Listen."
As innovators, the members of Concertante pursue and prioritize commissions, as exemplified by the ensemble's 2009-2010 "One Plus Five" project, which resulted in six new works by contemporary composers.
During the 2012-2013 season, Concertante will perform five programs in its homes of Harrisburg, PA and New York, NY. On tour, the ensemble has been invited to perform through the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem, PA; the Chamber Music Society of Utica; Houghton College Artist Series; Vanguard Concerts at the Dayton Art Institute; and Dallas Chamber Music. For more information, see 2012-2013 Season and Purchase Tickets.