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Outer chambers

The Buffalo Chamber Players are at it again, exploring the outer reaches of music. For their next concert, "Sex and Politics," the group has gone so far as to commission a new work. The new piece, by Rob Deemer, is set to six of e.e. cummings' less pretty poems. It's about, well, sex and politics.

Deemer chairs the composition department at the School of Music at Fredonia State College. He is also the BCP's new Composer in Residence. "He had full license, freedom to write what he wanted," says the Chamber Players' director, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra violist Janz Castelo. "He sent me the poems, I thought, whoaaaa! Definitely have to put a PG-13 label on this program." He laughs. "Some of them are very raw."

Castelo adds, though, that the poems have an added dimension. "They're sensual but very sexual too. They're not these romanticized Shakespearean sonnets. I applaud Rob for writing this, using that text. You would think his first commission with us he was going to play it safe. He definitely didn't. He's taking some risks."

Deemer's music, which Castelo describes as very tonal and accessible, is scored for nine players, with celebrated UB soprano Tony Arnold as soloist.

The variegated program also includes Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello, Charles Koechlin's Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon, and the Septet for Winds and Strings by Alexandre Tasman.

The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Buffalo Seminary. Admission is $15; $5 students. Tickets are available at www.buffalochamberplayers.org and at the door.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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