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Third Chair Chamber Players
Third Chair Chamber Players Clark Potter (left), Becky Van de Bogart and Kathleen Wychulis rehearse in NET Studio One prior to a performance in January. The Players will perform all their concerts this season at NET. (Courtesy photo)

When Third Chair Chamber Players found themselves homeless, Nebraska Educational Telecommunications stepped up.

After a successful collaboration in January, NET - home to NET Radio and NET Television - offered to rent the chamber group its black box studio as a performance space.

The Players will kick off their season next Friday in NET Studio One, with "Strings and Friends," a concert featuring a variety of romantic quintets.

Season and individual tickets are now on sale.

"It's been unbelievable," Third Chair artistic director and flutist Becky Van de Bogart said. "The whole staff has embraced us with open arms since we started talking to them. They've been fabulous ever since."

Third Chair is one of three nonprofit performing arts groups in the Loft Project, which lost its performance space in June.

The Loft Project elected not to renew its lease at The Loft at The Mill in the Haymarket because it became too expensive. Project members have gone their separate ways for the 2009-10 season.

NET assistant general manager David Feingold said the company has been trying to re-emphasize music, with tapings of concerts off site. This was a natural next step.

"We were looking for an opportunity," he said. "They came to us looking for a space."

Feingold said NET plans to air one of the concerts live on NET Radio, as it did in January. NET also plans to produce a television program with the chamber ensemble.

One drawback to the space is the acoustics, Van de Bogart and Feingold said. Ideally, acoustic panels would enhance the sound, but they are expensive, they said. The Players and NET are working on alternatives to make the sound better.

Other than that, the new venue is a winner, with parking and a reception area for patrons.

"We are very grateful that (NET is) willing to take us in this year," Van de Bogart said. "It's a win-win for both of us."

Season tickets are $80 and $20 for students. Individual tickets are $22 and $5 for students. Children under 10 are admitted free.

For more information, call 429-8227 or visit www.tccp.us.

Here is a rundown of Third Chair's season. Concerts are 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sundays at NET Studio One, 1800 N. 33rd St.:

"Strings & Friends," Sept. 11 and 13: The Players kick off season 14 with an evening of lush romantic quintets, including a piece by English composer Edwin York Bowen that features horn player Graham House.

"All-American Trios," Nov. 6 and 8: Concert features a variety of trios celebrating living American composers, including Lincoln native Christian Ellenwood. Ed Love (clarinet), Tracy Sands (cello) and Sheri Ericksen (piano) perform Ellenwood's jazz-oriented pieces.

"Enchanted Harp," Jan. 22 and 24: The Players welcome back harpist Kathleen Wychulis, who introduces patrons to music by Dulice Holland, Jacques Bondon, Henri Zagwijn and Arnold Bax.

"Romantic Winds," April 16 and 18: Bassoonist Jeff Campbell is featured on two pieces: a trio by jazz legend Chick Corea and a set of bagatelles by Justin Rubin, a colleague of Campbell's at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Reach Jeff Korbelik at 473-7213 or jkorbelik@journalstar.com.

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