CHAMBER MUSIC WEEKEND 2018
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.
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 Anton Arensky's Piano Trio, op 32.
CMW's chamber music library of nearly 1200 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 performance of Brahms "Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, op 8: allegro con brio."
On the same concert this group performed a string quartet by a young composer, one of the CMW participants, Alex Bolton.
Among other works, the Chamber Orchestra this season performed the "Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis" by Ralph Vaughn Williams.
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.
CMW Chamber Orchestra providing service music for the Collegedale Adventist Church.
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 enjoyment of reading great music together.
The Final Concert included an intense performance of the Shostakovich "String Quartet No. 8, 2nd movement."
CHAMBER GROUPS MAKING EXQUISITE MUSIC
Another treat on the Final Concert was a "Movement" by Georg Philipp Teleman including harpsichord and viola da gamba.
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"