A key component in making music is spending countless hours in a practice room, improving. But those hours pass quickly when spent with beloved colleagues.
At 2 p.m. today in McKnight Hall, the student quartet recital will herald a week-long round of recitals that feature an array of groups.
The Music School Festival Orchestra has a reputation for transforming the Amphitheater into a classical music powerhouse. An army of 70 musicians made up of strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion take charge Monday evenings with sounds that dazzle audiences.
At 2 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, violinist Jacques Israelievitch, violist Caroline Coade, cellist Arie Lipsky and pianist Kanae Matsumoto — faculty members and accomplished musicians in their own right — will blend their skills together in the Faculty Artist Chamber Concert.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Brazilian folk and pop music — not the combination one would think of for a series of cello ensemble suites. However, in the 1930s and ’40s, composer Heitor Villa-Lobos fused the three distinct styles together to create nine suites, together known as the Bachianas Brasileiras.
Ten cellists and a singer transform into “Arie’s Angels” in the season-ending student recital from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today in McKnight Hall.
“It’s a cello party,” said chamber music chair Arie Lipsky.
The program features pieces from Heitor Villa-Lobos and Richard Strauss.
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 is Villa-Lobos’s way of giving Bach to Brazil.
“It’s an homage to Bach,” Lipsky said. “If Villa-Lobos has a cellphone, he’d probably have Bach as his ringtone.”
The New Arts Trio will expose a ghost during its closing performance at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. The final program for the season features trios from Beethoven and Brahms.
The scores are also on the New Arts Trio’s past CD, recorded in Chautauqua and which will be available at the faculty artist recital, featuring the trio’s founder and pianist Rebecca Penneys, cellist Arie Lipsky and violinist Jacques Israelievitch.
Entering the 2012 chamber music recital series’ second phase, Oliver Dow, School of Music managing director, looks to do something that has not been done during his 17 years at Chautauqua.
The experimental second phase, which starts with a doubleheader from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Fletcher Music Hall, and 4 to 5:30 p.m. in McKnight Hall, lasts for eight days.
In previous years, the School of Music’s seven-week season was broken down to four weeks of the Music School Festival Orchestra, two chamber music weeks, and one orchestral week. Now, MSFO goes for four weeks, eight days for chamber music, and two orchestral weeks.
“Beauty … and the beast,” violinist Jacques Israelievitch said, pointing to his instrument, and then to his fellow ensemble mate, cellist Arie Lipsky. Rebecca Penneys, pianist, smiled in the background as all three unwound before their morning rehearsal.
The New Arts Trio, featuring Israelievitch, Lipsky and Penneys, will perform in the faculty chamber concert from 4–5:30 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. The self-described low-budget orchestra will play Beethoven’s Piano Trio, Op. 70 No. 2, and Schubert’s Piano Trio, Op. 99.
“It’s very juicy music,” Israelievitch said. “Especially with Schubert, you go on a journey. As you take your time, the audience should feel like they are in an oasis of beauty. And they can forget about everything else for about 40 minutes.”
Welcome to where the setting is intimate, the pairings are unpredictable and the chemistry can make for unforgettable music.
Chamber music is both musical and social. It is an artful balance between musicians and their score. And many young musicians will join in that exchange, during the Student Chamber Music Recital series, beginning at 4 p.m. tonight at McKnight Hall.
“Unlike in an orchestra, where you are pretty much following the conductor and their vision of the piece, you are on your own here,” said Arie Lipsky, School of Music chamber music chair.