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Cellist James Holland will perform today with Chatter, A Chamber Ensemble at the Cathedral Church of St. John.

Cellist James Holland will perform today with Chatter, A Chamber Ensemble at the Cathedral Church of St. John.

The Albuquerque chamber ensemble Chatter changes in size depending on the needs of the music.

Chatter’s concert today at the Cathedral Church of St. John will present works for soloists, for duo, trio, quartet and quintet.

And in this mix of numbers, ensemble members will show off just how virtuosic the music on the program is, from beginning to end, said David Felberg, Chatter’s artistic director.

“That’s starting with Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Viola, Harp and Flute,” Felberg said.

“It’s a late work and an interesting combination of instruments. They work together beautifully and it shows off the capability of each instrument.”

Cellist James Holland is performing the first movement of Zoltan Kodaly’s Cello Sonata, a work Felberg described as “a real tour de force.”

Felberg will solo on Ingram Marshall’s “September Canons” for violin and digital delay.

“I play into a computer that takes my sound and loops it altogether and it becomes my accompaniment. I play melodies over that,” he said.

“In the second half of the piece I play a three-voice canon so the tape is delayed eight seconds. … It’s like having three of me up there.”

The fourth work on the program is a version of Arvo Pärt’s minimalist work “Spiegel im Spiegel” for cello and vibraphone. The title translates as “Mirror in the Mirror.”

The fifth and final piece on the program is an arrangement of the second movement of Kaija Saariaho’s Flute Concerto for flute, violin, harp, percussion and cello.

Besides Felberg on violin and viola and Holland on cello, the other Chatter members in the concert are harpist Lynn Gorman-DeVelder, percussionist Jeff Cornelius and flutist Jesse Tatum.

“There are a lot of contrasts and a lot of beauty at the same time,” Felberg said of the music.

The concert is part of the cathedral’s music series.

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