Dear Chamber Music Friends,
COVID-19 has put the pause on our in-person sessions, but that has just forced us to be more creative! That's why we have moved online, and created Synchronous HausMusik. While these sessions won't, and can't be the same as playing in the same room, they do allow us to play, in a sense, together. We meet online every Thursday evening during June and July at 7:00 p.m. (EDT)
WHO ARE WE?
We are the members of the Ashton/Francisco family. We live in Collegedale, TN, and we love to play chamber music for any reason. Our family consists of amateur and professional musicians: a piano teacher and a portrait artist, a day-trader/symphony orchestra conductor and a violin teacher, a gifted and passionate student cellist, and a few friends. We play music for the love of it, and we play at a high level. While we are not all performing professionals, you'll find we're competent enough musicians to enjoy playing with.
Our favorite composers are Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schumann (though that is hardly a comprehensive list!). We lean heavily into the romantic era, the golden hey-day of chamber music. But we also enjoy music written earlier, and some repertoire from more recent times. We play standard literature and explore the output of lesser-known composers, too. We are a unique family, in a large part because we play chamber music together, lots!
The idea for Synchronous HausMusik came about because the other two branches of our family live in Maryland, and we needed a way to connect musically with them. Normally we meet in the summers with about 65 of our closest friends (!) for 4 ½ days of chamber music making at Chamber Music Weekend. Thanks to COVID, we had to explore other options, and that exploration opened a way to include you, as well!
HOW IT WORKS
Synchronous HausMusik welcomes any chamber musician who would like to play along. The core group in Collegedale plays with open mics. Due to latency issues, we ask those on the Zoom session with us to play with your mics muted. Now, you may well be thinking what we thought--is there anything rewarding to playing along with someone when they can't hear you? We took the chance, and to our delight, discovered there is!
It's better than Music-Minus-One, because you get to hear your part as well.
It's better than playing along with recordings, because we take readable tempos and can call out rehearsal letters if we're lost!
It's better than playing alone.
It's better because we offer community.
We chat beforehand, sometimes between movements, and afterward. And we connect in real time. Although you are in your own homes and we're in ours, we are doing something beautiful at the same time as other people who love this music. We're sharing the experience with you.
GIVE US A TRY
So, please take a chance on us. Synchronous HausMusik is our gift to you, a life-raft, if you will, to hang on to until we reach the shore. We haven't put a financial "gate" up, so come on in! If you can donate, please do. Think what you would have paid for your summer chamber music workshop, and donate what you think is fair. The money helps fund scholarships for our youth music workshop, At First Sight. Your registration will provide you the Zoom link.
Welcome aboard the life-raft!
Ellen Francisco and the members of the Ashton/Francisco family of musicians
Chamber Music Weekend
Contact: CHAMBER MUSIC WEEKEND
P. O. Box 498, Collegedale, TN 37315 • Phone: 970-324-0837 • EMAIL US
For Students: At First Sight • JUNE 22-25, 2020
A Christ-centered, chamber music,
sight-reading workshop for youth