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EMERGING YOUNG CHAMBER-MUSIC COMPOSERS

EMERGING YOUNG CHAMBER-MUSIC COMPOSERS

Trial by Fire in Santa Fe SANTA FE, NM—On your high shelf labeled “significant ensembles I’ve never heard of,” save a good spot for the Flux Quartet, which has introduced more than 100 new works to our string-quartet repertory. They played the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, a humming summer-long enterprise with dozens of concerts, each with its own character, manned by diverse quality players from all over. Your yen for contemporary sounds would have drawn you Aug. 7 to…

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STELLAR MIDSUMMER CHAMBER CONCERTS

STELLAR MIDSUMMER CHAMBER CONCERTS

With Heavy Other-Coast Representation ATHERTON, CA—In one of the most attractive S.F. Peninsula communities, Music@Menlo has found its niche, selling out chamber concerts offered in intimate venues. The current 13th annual incarnation of M@M is devoted mostly to Schubert, the ultimate romantic master of lyricism, with Schubert’s greatest hits and songs spread out over four weekends. You might call it Lincoln Chamber West. The co-directors also run the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (NYC), drawing heavily from their colleagues…

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FLOCKING JOYOUS BIRDS FROM ITALY

FLOCKING JOYOUS BIRDS FROM ITALY

And Schubert’s Morbid Romanticism The New Century Chamber Orchestra is an elite string ensemble having an unabashedly emotional approach to music. Such is the guiding philosophy of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenburg, its music director as well as lead violinist. And she never shies away from arrangements that permit borrowing from a broader repertoire. The keystone of the season finale was the effusive “Death and the Maiden” opus by Schubert as arranged by Gustav Mahler. This is an extraordinary passionate work of depth…

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REQUIEM FOR A CHAMBER-CONCERT SERIES

REQUIEM FOR A CHAMBER-CONCERT SERIES

LOS GATOS, CA—-In affluent Silicon Valley, of all places, a salient chamber-music series in a beautiful intimate church just bit the dust after 16 years. The church bells in the steeple should have tolled on the hillsides when the Sunset Concerts at St. Luke’s Church played the grand finale May 22. With just a 150-seat capacity, despite people hanging from the rafters, the ticket income could not close the gap, and volunteers to keep running the program were in short…

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