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Members of the Third Chair Chamber Players are scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Friday night at NET Studios. (Courtesy photo)

Now that the Third Chair Chamber Players has settled into its new venue, the group can focus on the music.

The Players presented its 2009-10 season at NET Studios, moving from The Loft at The Mill, which no longer is being used as a performance space.

"It was a challenge last year," artistic director Becky Van de Bogart said. "But with the new acoustical shell and new, larger grand piano, the group is looking to finally fit the space."

The Players opens the season at 8 Friday night with "The Hebrew Folk Tune." An encore concert is set for 3 p.m. Sunday. The concerts are a celebration of music inspired by Jewish folk melody.

"Composers turned to their national folk melodies for new ideas about rhythm, form and incorporating the melodies themselves," Van de Bogart said. "Traditional Hebrew songs were inspiration to many composers, Christian and Jewish."

The evening will feature music for clarinet, violin, cello, piano, horn and viola by composers David Schiff, Max Bruch, Ernest Bloch and George Rochberg.

Season tickets are $80, $20 for students. Individual tickets are $22, $5 for students. Children younger than 10 are admitted free.

For tickets, call 402-429-8227 or order online at

The following is a rundown of Third Chair's remaining concerts at NET Studios, 1800 N. 33rd St.:

"Double Down on the Double Bass," Nov. 5 and 7. Concert features Rusty White on the contrabass and includes pieces by Eugene O'Brien, Tom Johnson and Vincent Persichetti.

"Music for the Senses," Jan. 28 and 30. Concert includes music for clarinet, cello, piano, horn, flute, violin and harp, with pieces by Rusty Banks, Claude Debussy, Katherine Hoover, Heitor Villa Lobos and Jacques Ibert.

"Winds Plus," April 15 and 17. Concert spotlights woodwinds on works by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Georges Onslow. Also on tap is Chen Yi's "China West Suite" for marimba and piano.

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