Songs & Dances
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Great chamber music by old and young American composers.

The San Marco Chamber Music Society in collaboration with the Lawson Ensemble present three American works: one (Amy Beach), a glowing example of the American Romantic style; another (Szewczyk) a world premiere for oboe and viola; and the third (Douglas) a concerto for oboe and string quartet. The San Marco Chamber Music Society is based in Jacksonville, Florida and has been performing chamber concerts there since 2008. Founded by Eric and Ellen Olson, the performers are primarily members of the Jacksonville Symphony. Formed in 2015 the Lawson Ensemble is a string trio who is in residence at the University of North Florida.
Piotr Szewczyk, composer
Morning Elation
Eric Olson (oboe); Ellen Olson (viola)

Amy Beach, composer
Theme and Variations
Les Roettges (flute); Aurica Duca (violin); Clinton Dewing (violin); Ellen Olson (viola); Nick Curry (cello)

Bill Douglas, composer
Songs and Dances
Eric Olson (oboe); Aurica Duca (violin); Clinton Dewing (violin); Ellen Olson (viola); Nick Curry (cello)

"The musicians here are from Jacksonville, Floida. They are very fine, polished performers, and Jacksonville is lucky to have them…This is the kind of music you hear of a lot on NPR: gentle, expertly played, and recorded in a moderately resonant acoustic. I could imagine putting this disc on to accompany Sunday brunch…" (American Record Guide)