Odyssey was founded in 2004 by clarinetist Carina L.N. Washington and Edward S. Rollins, the Music Director of the First Baptist Church. Before the first season was initiated, Carina moved away and her position was filled by pianist Ayako Tsuruta, who continues as Artistic Director this season.
Chamber music involves musicians joining together to create a performance greater than each individual contribution. The Odyssey Chamber Music Series hopes to share this model of community with Columbia through the shared experience of great performances of great music - shared musical journeys.
The Odyssey Chamber Music Series is committed to presenting masterpieces of chamber music repertoire that span over four centuries, in mixed ensembles of all instruments. Odyssey hopes to cultivate interest in quality classical music performances through innovative programming involving professional local performers as well as guest artists from outside the community.
Performances are held at the First Baptist Church. The March 16-17 performances will be held at the Missouri Theatre.