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The Third Chair Chamber Players are scheduled to close their concert with the debut of Joe Holmquist's "Dreams." (Courtesy photo)


Third Chair Chamber Players will have a couple of new things to show off this weekend.

Concerts tonight and Sunday will include the premiere of "Dreams," a new work by composer Tristan Fuentes (aka Third Chair percussionist Joe Holmquist).

The Players also will show off their new acoustic shell, which will help focus the sound in the cavernous NET studios.

"Dreams" is Holmquist's nearly 14-minute composition, which will close Third Chair's program. Holmquist called the piece a "surrealist trip to the weird stuff that goes on in my brain."

"Think of it as Salvador Dali meets Otto Dix," he said.

The work will be the fourth work of Holmquist's performed by the Players since he joined the group in 2000 after moving to Lincoln from Minneapolis.

Holmquist said he created the pseudonym Fuentes in 1980 while playing in the band Zeitgeist in Minneapolis.

"I wrote a piece, and it had my name on it," he said. "It seemed too much of me for the group. I wanted to hide."

Holmquist, 59, has worked as a freelance musician since coming to Lincoln. He performs regularly for Third Chair, which, in turn, has showcased his composing skills.

"It's a unique opportunity for me, really," he said.

The concert also will include three woodwind quintets from Ottorino Respighi, Donald Draganski and Alexander Tcherepnin, a piece for flute, bassoon and piano by jazz great Chick Corea and Justin Rubin's work for bassoon and marimba.

The Players experimented with an acoustic shell borrowed from Nebraska Wesleyan University at its last concert.

"The sound difference was pretty incredible," said Becky Van de Bogart, Third Chair artistic director, who noted performances without the shell left a lot to be desired.

"It's difficult to make music if you don't know if you're connecting with anyone," she said.

The Players recently purchased a shell for $1,000 on eBay.

"It's amazing. It's fabulous. It's exactly what we need," Van de Bogart said.

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