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About Arion Chamber Music

kernWe take our name from a famous (some would say mythical, and with reason) figure in ancient Greek history and mythology. Arion was a 6th Century Greek "chamber musician" who is generally credited as being one of the foremost players of the Kithara (an 8-stringed lyre that was the domain of professional musicians of the time). He is described as a Dionysiac poet who invented the dithyramb, an early musical form. Herodotus says "Arion was second to none of the lyre-players in his time and was also the first man we know of to compose and name the dithyramb and teach it in Corinth". Arion found a patron in Periander, tyrant of Corinth. Although notable for his musical inventions, Arion is chiefly remembered for the fantastic myth of his kidnapping by pirates and miraculous rescue by dolphins, as depicted by our logo. Arion is also associated with the origins of Greek tragedy.

We can't promise you anything as fantastic as the kidnapping of a chamber player by pirates or a rescue by dophins, but we will strive to create a delightful musical experience at every concert.

We are a non-profit organization (501c3) dedicated to bringing professional chamber music performances to a venue where you can readily engage with the music, the musicians, and the audience.

Needless to say, donations are much appreciated. Contribute by check made out to Arion Chamber Music mailed to the address below, or online by credit card with Paypal (no need to be a Paypal member ... ignore the login request and look for the "continue" a bit lower down and to the left). Such contributions will be gratefully acknowleged and are tax deductible (Arion is a 501(c)(3) corporation). Our operation is lean: expenses have been approximately 75% artist fees, 20% venue rental, with the remainder used for printing and a modicum of publicity; there are no administrative costs.

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Contact us at:

Arion Chamber Music, Inc.
165 West End Ave, #21P
New York, NY 10023