cham·ber mu·sic ˈCHāmbər ˌmyo͞ozik/ noun instrumental music played by a small ensemble, with one player to a part
The MISSION of the Willy Street Chamber Players is to represent, inspire, and enrich Madison's East Side by forging community partnerships and presenting excellent, innovative, and accessible performances of chamber music.
Now in their 5th season, the Willy Street Chamber Players (WSCP) have become an established part of the vibrant Williamson Street neighborhood. Recently recognized in Madison Magazine's prestigious "Best of Madison" reader poll in the category of "Best Classical Music Group," WSCP has received numerous accolades for its accessible and exciting performances, intelligent and fun programming, and community partnerships.
Established in 2015, the group came into being when an idea for an informal summer concert series among friends quickly gained momentum. Realizing they could create something great, the young Madison musicians devised a fierce guerrilla marketing strategy canvasing door-to-door, tacking posters to the windows of east side restaurants, bars, and shops, and performing on local radio. The work of these dedicated newcomers paid off; local audiences responded with enthusiasm and came out by the hundreds. By the final concert of the pilot season, the ensemble had 4 successful concerts under its belt, was performing to glowing reviews from Madison’s top music critics and boasted audiences of over 200 people.
Today, the group consists of five core members who each boast thriving musical careers of their own in Madison and beyond. Lead by Artistic Director and violinist Paran Amirinazari, the group also consists of violinists Eleanor Bartsch and Rachel Hauser, and cellists Mark Bridges and Lindsey Crabb. Each player brings a fresh, imaginative take to music that is appealing to both lifelong classical music fans and newcomers alike. They come together for four thrilling weeks in July to further their mission of creating community through classical music.
Post-concert receptions are a unique and fun part of the Willy Street Chamber Players concert experience. In addition to providing opportunities to meet and interact with the musicians, the receptions help to promote Williamson Area businesses by featuring local products. The combination of inspiring music and excellent local food not only demonstrates the importance of partnerships between the arts and commerce, but also offers the community an unforgettable experience. Local businesses that participate often attend their sponsored event and take advantage of the chance to get to know their patrons outside of business hours.