Intimate Conversations: Music in a Small Space is a concert dedicated exclusively to the art of chamber music, 'the music of friends'.
Goethe described a string quartet as 'four rational people conversing'. It is this 'conversational paradigm' which influenced the great Baroque, Classical and Romantic composers of chamber music, and is found in chamber works of the present day. Musical parties for performing and listening to chamber music were often held in private homes, which offered far more pleasant performance environments (regular Sunday morning parties were given by the Mozart, and later, Mendelssohn families). Small, appreciative audiences, comprised of close friends and relatives, would also include special guests, who were the best-known, most influential musicians of the day. Frederic Chopin, pathologically shy in large groups, had an active career performing salon recitals. Joseph Joachim and Clara Schumann debuted many of Robert Schumann's chamber works, on the same evening during which Liszt might elaborate on a Hungarian melody with three or four variations.
ATL Symphony Musicians Chamber Players have created a unique program to honor the art of 'the music of friends', featuring Baroque to contemporary works, and hope you will join them in the intimate setting of Kellett Chapel.
Performers: David Coucheron, Julie Coucheron, Chris Rex, Brad Ritchie, Laura Ardan, Elisabeth Remy Johnson, Emily Brebach, Tim Whitehead, Todd Skitch, Anastasia Agapova, Cathy Lynn, Keith Buncke, Andrew Bayles
Program: Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia for Violin and Viola Henri Dutilleux Oboe Sonata Felix Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor Andres Jolivet Pastorales de Noel for Flute, Harp, and Bassoon Robert Schumann Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 47 Libby Larsen Barn Dances For Flute, Clarinet and Piano
Preview: Missing classical music? Locked-out ATL Symphony Musicians perform three concerts
by Mark Gresham
Once the concerts at Conant are over, the ATL Symphony Musicians will hardly be done for the month.
Next Tuesday, October 14, at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, they will present a single concert with guest solo cellist Matt Haimovitz. He will perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C and selected unaccompanied solo cello works. Prior will again conduct and his own composition, “Elegy for Aurora,” will be performed as well.
General admission is $25, at the door only, with discounts for seniors and students.
Plans are also in play for ATL Symphony Musicians to present a chamber music concert on Friday, October 17, at Peachtree Presbyterian Church’s Kellett Chapel. Details are still coming together, but anticipated performers include violinists David Coucheron and Anastasia Agapova, violist Catherine Lynn, cellists Christopher Rex and Brad Ritchie, flutist Todd Skitch, oboist Emily Brebach, clarinetist Laura Ardan, bassoonist Keith Buncke, harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson and pianists Julie Coucheron, Tim Whitehead and Andrew Bayles.
General admission will be $20 with discounts for seniors and students.