St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble to perform at Luther Oct. 6

Sept. 14, 2009

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble (ASMCE) will perform Tuesday Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life.

Tickets for the performance go on sale Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Luther College Box Office. Hours are 9-10:30 a.m., 11-3 p.m. on weekdays with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m.

Tickets may also be purchased online on or after Sept. 17 at Tickets cost $23, $21 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youths 4-18.

The St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble comes to Luther as a part of the 2009-10 Center Stage Series.

Created in 1967, ASMCE is made up of principal players from the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra, internationally renowned and regarded as the ultimate in musical elegance and refinement.

The ensemble is tours extensively, performing yearly throughout France, Germany and Spain and often tour North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan. The groups recording contracts with Phillip Classics, Hyperion, and Chandos have led to the release of over 30 CDs.

The Chamber Ensemble tours as a string octet, string sextet, and on some occasions include winds. The group will be coming to Luther as an octet.

The ensemble includes Kenneth Sillito, the leader, violin; Harvey de Souza violin; Martin Burgess violin; Robert Smissen viola; Duncan Ferguson viola; Stephen Orton cello; John Heley cello; and Jennifer Godson violin.

The program will include Brahms’ Sextet in B-flat Major, Op.18, Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings in Eb-Major, Op. 20 and Shostakovich Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, Op. 11.

Upcoming performances in the 2009-10 Center Stage Series include Irving Berlin Musical Revue “I Love a Piano” on Oct. 23 and Urban Bush Women on Nov. 2. To see more performances in the center stage series visit

For more information in the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, visit their website at