By Sean Collier, Pittsburgh Magazine
“For those of us who think instrumental performances begin and end with the PSO — and I can be as guilty of this oversight as anyone — there are other groups in town that make it easy and alluring to discover new sounds and styles. The mission of the collective Incidental Chamber Players, a woodwind-focused ensemble founded in 2013, is devoted to “reviving hidden gems in the chamber music repertoire.”
For aficionados, that means a refreshing break from the canon; for dabblers, that means a guaranteed novel experience. The group is in the midst of its “Elements” series of concerts (launched pre-pandemic, returning now in an online lineup) that further delves into underappreciated works by spotlighting those on Latin-American identity, the immigrant experiences, pieces by LGBTQ composers and more.
Each Friday this month, the ensemble will debut a new streaming performance. If you’d like to immerse yourself, hook your laptop up to a television and focus; if you’d like a dramatic, and lovely, change to your backyard soundscape, take some drinks outside and let the Incidental Chamber Players provide the music.”