Astoria's Con Amici Chamber Players are set to perform classical chamber music on the River Theater's stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4. Con Amici's classical strings play two tributes to the human spirit: Mozart's rich instrumental String Quintet in C Major and Shostakovitch's intense String Quartet No. 8.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his high-spirited C major quintet, K. 515, in Vienna in 1887. It was the last piece he wrote before his mood was darkened by his father Leopold's final illness and death.

Dmitri Shostakovitch (1906-1975) wrote his eighth string quartet, dedicated "to the victims of fascism and war" while visiting Dresden, Germany, in 1960. The Russian composer was moved by the devastation of the once beautiful city and the suffering of its people. His compassion encompasses these people who had recently been enemies of his compatriots.

Con Amici Chamber Players was founded in Astoria in early 2001 and consists of Monica Belzer, Betsey Ellerbroek, Eric Johnson, Alexandra Myers, David Lee Myers, Jeffrey Reynolds and Mike Woods.

Tickets are $12 general admission or $10 if purchased in advance through the River Theater's box office from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, online at www.RiverTheater.com or at the Astoria Co-op on 14th & Duane streets.

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