North Country Chamber Players,

White Mountains Music Festival

Recognized as one of New England’s finest musical ensembles for four decades, the North Country Chamber Players combines the talents of principal players from internationally renowned orchestras and chamber groups. Their world-class performances of old and new classics in relaxed and comfortable settings have made the Chamber Players a fixture of northern New Hampshire’s cultural scene.

“One of the outstanding cultural resources
in the state of New Hampshire”
– NH State Council on the Arts

“A sophisticated group of experienced, passionate,
focused, and obviously talented musicians”
– Boston Musical Intelligencer

Artist Members: Ronnie Bauch and Miki-Sophia Cloud, violins; Ah Ling Neu, viola; Chris Finckel, ’cello; Donald Palma, double bass; Susan Palma-Nidel, flute; Allen Blustine, clarinet; Bernard Rose, piano; Joel Timm, lecturer.


Our February Winterlude features three masterpieces composed approximately one hundred years apart. In 1785, after completing his six string quartets dedicated to Haydn, Mozart set out to explore a new genre: the piano quartet. His two masterpieces, the G minor and the Eb Major, in this new formation set the standard for all composers to emulate. Fast-forward ninety-four years to 1879 when Cesar Franck composes his Piano Quintet, a masterwork of unbridled passion. The Quintet was dedicated to Saint-Saens who played the piano in the 1880 Paris premiere. Fast-forward another ninety-nine years and the Estonian composer, Arvo Part, pens his ethereal lullaby, Spiegel im Spiegel (Mirror in Mirror). Parts contemplative, otherworldly style seeks to unite the ancient with the modern ages.

February 9, 2019

  • 3:00 pm
  • Court Street Arts at Alumni Hall
  • Haverhill, NH

February 10, 2019

  • 3:00 pm
  • Mountain View Grand
  • Whitefield NH


Your support has continued to allow us to offer music lessons, public school residency programs, and so much more.


No matter how many concerts I have been involved in over the years, I continue to be inspired by the extraordinary power of music to transport us, seemingly instantaneously, through centuries, across oceans and continents, and to emotional places and imaginary fantasies that are difficult, if not impossible, to reach by any other means.

I am happy to report that this Summer’s programs read like a ‘bucket list’ of desirable destinations. On any given weekend, our listeners will find themselves enjoying the sunny cafes of Lisbon and Madrid, visiting a Venetian Palace in the Piazza San Marco, attending a musical at the Mendelssohn family’s parlor in Leipzig, reveling at a dance festival in a rustic Carpathian Mountains village, or marveling at the astonishing imaginings of geniuses like William Shakespeare, Walt Disney, or Alfred Hitchcock.

As musicians, we are constantly trying to improve our abilities to illuminate and facilitate these adventures, often calling upon colleagues, near and far away, to help us with this process. This summer, we also remember and celebrate one such colleague, Kendall Betts, with whom we shared so many past journeys, familiar and exotic, physical and spiritual, whose passion for music and life were nothing short of extraordinary.

– Ronnie Bauch



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