CHAMBER MUSIC WEEKEND 2017
CHAMBER GROUP SESSIONS
Experience the joy of playing great music in a friendly, supportive setting.
Playing great music together can lead to great friendships.
At Chamber Music Weekend, there is no shortage of players to read larger works such as quintets or sextets, or works which require an excellent pianist. This group is reading Mendelssohn's "Piano Sextett," doubling players on all parts including piano.
CHAMBER MUSIC LIBRARY
CMW has an extensive chamber music library. This means that chamber groups may choose to play well-known pieces, or to get acquainted with fine works by lesser-known composers. This group is playing Dohnányi's "Sextet in C Major."
CMW's chamber music library of well over 1000 volumes provides a rich repertoire for participants to choose from. Here we see a portion of it from the balcony above.
INFORMAL CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS
Thursday evening's concert opened with a unique work by Johannus Van Bree, "Allegro in d minor for Four String Quartets", perhaps the only piece ever written for this instrumentation. Here, in performance you see 4 quartets playing it.
On the same concert this group performed the presto movement from the beautiful "Flute Quartet No. l in D" by Franz Joseph Haydn.
Among other works, the Chamber Orchestra this season performed the "Eclogue for Piano and String Orchestra" by British composer Gerald Finzi.
Two days of intense music-making and rehearsal are followed by the Friday evening Candlelight Dinner, a time of fellowship, graceful elegance, and peace.
Chamber groups provide dinner music for the Candlelight Dinner.
Following the Candlelight Dinner all are invited into the church to spend time simply singing hymns together a capella, voices blending in four-part harmony, singing together for the love of it. This, for many, is one of the most moving experiences of the weekend.
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA READING SESSION
The Saturday afternoon Chamber Orchestra reading session is one of the most rewarding of the weekend. Works range from Bach's Brandenburg Concertos to string serenades by Dvorak, by Tchaikovsky, or by Dag Wiren, among others.
The third movement, Elegy, from Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings"
The Cello Choir opened the final concert with an "Adagio" by Archangelo Corelli, and "Pavanne" by Gabriel Fauré.
CHAMBER GROUPS MAKING EXQUISITE MUSIC
"String Quartet, Op. 13" by Carl Nielson, was performed on the final concert "Chamber Conversations 2."
CMW closes officially on Saturday night, following the final concert, with all participants invited to come onto the stage to play the Mendelssohn Octet. With players arranged in a large circle, the intensity of the 'surround sound' makes this a powerful and thrilling experience.
"MAKING MUSIC FOR THE LOVE OF IT"