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Manhattanville Players Come to Chappaqua Library

Flora La Kuan and the Manhattanville Chamber Players performed Franz Schubert’s “Trout Quintet” at the Chappaqua Library Thursday evening. The Manhattanville Chamber Players is a newly formed group of musicians who all teach at Manhattanville College in Purchase.

“We’ve known each other for a while now,” said Lyndon Christie. “We’ve been looking for some vehicle to play together.”

The group’s performance was preceded by a lecture from Christie, discussing the history of Schubert and the theme behind the “Trout Quintet.” The quintet is the first piece that the group has performed together. Olivier Fluchaire was on the violin, Christopher Hisey on the viola, David Krieger on the cello, Christie on the double bass and La Kuan on the piano. All but Krieger are adjunct professors at Manhattanville.

“The Trout is the only bass piece that’s really enjoyable,” Christie said. “Usually when I play the double bass, people fall asleep.”

The group said they chose Schubert because his works accentuate their unusual combination of violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano.

“Schubert was really a magnificent writer,” Christie said. “He was an equal opportunity employer, allowing each one of these instruments to have a solo in the piece.” Christie hasn’t always played Schubert. He’s a trained jazz and classical musician -- he has played on Broadway, in operas, TV series, recording studios, jazz clubs, and bar mitzvahs.

“I never play the same thing twice,” Christie said. “I try to seize the moment, ‘carpe diem.’ I enjoy all music, all forms of music. It’s important to keep it alive. There’s just something about live music that you can’t get from music made in a studio.”

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