In 2011, Seattle cellist Charlotte Byers thought it would be fun to get a group of amateur musicians together to read through some string orchestra repertoire. She recognized that string players rarely have an opportunity to play string orchestra music. Orchestras rarely schedule it, since it excludes wind, brass, and percussion players. Consequently, even some of the world’s greatest music is seldom seen by amateurs. Charlotte contacted a bunch of her friends, found a venue and someone willing to conduct, and had a successful reading of the Tchaikovsky and Dvorak Serenades for Strings.

From that beginning Premeditated Strings has grown into a full-fledged and popular day-long workshop that meets two or three times a year. We spend a day working on this often neglected repertoire, and finish the day with an informal concert. It is always amazing how much can be accomplished in one day.

Over the years has tackled works by well known composers from Tchaikovsky to Bartok and Schoenberg, lesser-known writers such as Asger Hammerick, and Paul Juon, and new compositions written by the group’s regular conductor Dell Wade.

In 2016 Premeditated Strings became an official program of Chamber Music Madness. For information on how to get involved with Premeditated Strings, send us an email.

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