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Tahoe Chamber to present Helix Collective

Staff report

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Tahoe Chamber Music Society will host Helix Collective for a second world premiere performance on Sunday, July 28, at 2:30 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Nonprofit Center on Incline Way.

The ensemble hails from Los Angeles and will perform with the artistic director of the festival, cellist Eileen Brownell, on the second piece written by Helix oboist and composer Phil Popham, especially for the Tahoe Chamber Music Society.

Last summer, the festival kicked off its 38th season with Helix Collective performing “The Biggest Little Dances,” a nine-movement dance suite written by Popham and inspired by prose generated by Nevada writers.

This summer, Popham’s creativity has produced a work of eight movements, each describing activities one might engage in while in the Tahoe region. One movement describes a search for Tahoe Tessie, one a trip to a casino, another watching Shakespeare at Sand Harbor, and yet another describes skiing at Diamond Peak.

Popham has described the work as being “choose your own adventure” — as the composer instructs the audience to determine the order in which the movements shall be performed during the concert.

Popham is a second-year doctoral student in oboe performance and composition at the University of Southern California. His colleagues will be performing works for flute, oboe and piano by Latin American composers on the first half of the program.

Admission is free, with donations being accepted at the door. For information regarding upcoming concerts and programs, visit http://www.tahoechambermusic.org, or on Facebook at Tahoe Chamber Music Society.