The Pit Stop Players, a twelve-member instrumental ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, will present its second annual "Snapshots" concert on Monday, February 13, at 7:00 pm, at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street.
The group members will perform chamber works by Gunther Schuller, Peter Schickele, David Chesky, John Psathas, and Joshua Rosenblum, the group's founder and music director. The program will also feature selections from Stravinsky's "L'histoire du soldat" and Rosenblum's arrangement of Freddie Mercury's "Killer Queen" for clarinet, violin, cello and piano.
"Usually we like to play pieces that feature the full group as an ensemble, but in this series I want to give The Players a chance to split up into smaller units and perform duets, trios, and quartets," said Rosenblum. "Plus, this way they get to pick the pieces they want to play. It's sort of like letting the inmates run the asylum. On our next concert, we'll get back to me telling them what to do."
The Pit Stop Players, who collectively have played in pit orchestras for over 100 Broadway productions, include Ed Matthew, woodwinds; Steve Kenyon, woodwinds; Chris Jaudes, trumpet; Wayne Goodman, trombone; Dan Culpepper, horn; Robin Zeh, violin; Paul Woodiel, violin; Anik Oulianine, cello; Jeff Carney, bass; Greg Landes, percussion; Garah Landes, piano; and Joshua Rosenblum, piano.