BISD talent to be showcased at chamber music concert

BISD talent to be showcased at chamber music concert

Tue May 17, 2016

One of the featured ensembles at the “Chamber Music in Our Community” concert on May 20 at The Clarion at Brazosport College will include, from left, Scott Davenport, Sara Balusek, Travis Bartholome and Joseph Trahan.

More than a dozen local ensembles will be showcasing their musical talents on Friday, May 20, with a special concert, “Chamber Music in Our Community.”

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. in the performance hall of The Clarion at Brazosport College.

The show will feature students and faculty from Brazosport ISD band programs, with performers showcasing their talents in small ensembles of three to nine players.

Performing in small ensembles requires talented musicians and is a special challenge, said event organizer and Brazoswood High School Assistant Band Director Ben Alaniz.

“Chamber music is so challenging because each member must rely on and support each other in order for the big picture to come through,” Alaniz said. “Unlike large ensembles, such as orchestras, bands or choirs, there isn't a conductor. This allows the players to rehearse and perform in a more collaborative and communicative environment. Conversely, because there aren't that many people in each group, independence is critical, as there is only one person per part in these situations.”

To date, 16 ensembles are scheduled to participate in the concert, including musicians from Brazoswood High School; Clute, Freeport and Lake Jackson Intermediate Schools; and Lanier Middle School, among others. More students could be added to the schedule.

Nine faculty members will also be featured in the show, including Linda Crummel, Amy Laney, Martin Montoya, Walter Anderson, Richard Birk, Randy Laran, Josh Bryant, Gabe Connell and Alaniz.

For more information about the concert, contact Alaniz at