April 12, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—The Czech Nonet will present the final concert in the 2001-02 Music at Amherst Series on Sunday, April 28, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College, in a program that features Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat and the 1959 Nonet, which Bohuslav Martinu composed for the ensemble.

The Czech Nonet is one of the oldest continuously performing ensembles of its type in the world. Founded in 1924, the Nonet was inspired by the Grand Nonneto, op. 34, of Ludwig Spohr (1784-1859) which called for violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn. This rare instrumentation has provided a perhaps unexpectedly wide range of colorful combinations, with a full sound like a chamber orchestra. The Czech Nonet has inspired many contemporary composers, who have created more than 300 new works that fit its unusual form.

The musicians in the Czech Nonet—Jiri Hurnik, violin; Jan Nykryn, viola; Simona Hecova, cello; Radovan Hec, contrabass; Jiri Sukhara, flute; Jiri Krejci, oboe; Ales Hustoles, clarinet; Pavel Langpaul, bassoon; and Vladimira Klanska, horn—have all enjoyed distinguished careers as soloists and in chamber music.

Admission to the concert is $20, senior citizens $16 and students $5. Tickets may be reserved by calling 413/542-2195 on weekday mornings. The Amherst College Concert Office has a Website at http://www.amherst.edu/~concerts/.