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Apollo Chamber Players. Courtesy of the artist.

Please press the play button above to hear the recorded interview, which was recently broadcast on KMFA 89.5.

The Houston-based Apollo Chamber Ensemble is celebrating its tenth season this year. They’ve commissioned no less than twelve new works, most of them in the past four years, and in the fall of 2013 they made their New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall.  Their third studio album, Ancestral Voices, features an entire program of newly-commissioned works. It’s all part of their 20x2020 initiative, the goal of which is to commission 20 new multi-cultural pieces by the year 2020. The current album has new pieces by Israeli composer Gilad Cohen, Syrian composer Malek Jandali, Chilean composer Javier Farias, and an homage to Cuba by American composer Arthur Gottschalk. 

Apollo violinist Matt Detrick spoke with host Chris Johnson about Apollo’s latest album this week on Rideshare.