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Nebraska Chamber Players

The Nebraska Chamber Players open their 16th season in September, with a concert featuring strings, harp and flute.

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The Nebraska Chamber Players are planning to celebrate in December.

That’s when the chamber music ensemble hopes to release its first professionally produced CD.

“It’s a big deal for us, a huge deal,” artistic director Becky Van de Bogart said.

The Players currently are in the midst of recording four works by Rusty Banks at NET Studios. Banks is a contemporary American composer who has written several works over the years for the Players.

The CD release will highlight the Players’ 16th season, which begins Sept. 14 with a concert featuring strings, harp and flute.

The Players already have one CD to their credit, with pieces taken from live concert performances. But this is the first professionally recorded and produced in a studio, Van de Bogart said.

“We’re excited to be able to give Rusty this vehicle,” she said. “I think this will really give him a chance to become more visible as a composer.”

The Players will perform four concerts on eight dates for the 2012-13 season. Music, as always, will be a mix of traditional and contemporary works.

In March, the Players will host the Larsen Young Artist Award competition, with the winner -- a Nebraska high school string player -- earning an opportunity to perform with the chamber music group.

Season and single tickets now are available. Season subscriptions are $80 for four concerts and $20 for students. Individual tickets are $22 each and $5 for students. For reservations, call 402-429-8227 or visit www.nebraskachamberplayers.org.

All concerts are at NET Studios, 1800 N. 33rd. St.

The following is a rundown of the 2012-13 season:

Sept. 16 and 16 -- strings, harp, flute. Program includes music by Mozart, Beach, Francaix and Muczynski.

Oct. 26 and 28 -- strings, winds, piano. Program includes music by Beethoven and Dohnányi.

March 8 and 10 -- winds, string percussion. Program includes music by Banks, Proto, Ibert, Rossini, White and Milhaud.

March 8 and 10 -- Program includes music by Francaix, Zagwijn and Walton.

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