Music By ‘guerilla Composers’ At The Conservatory Brass Chamber Music Recital

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An early gift from the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society

This was music to grab the listeners attention through novelty and hold it through technical discipline. This was followed by music by the oldest composer, Nick Benavides. The piece was a prelude and fugue based on the song Old Friends from Bookends, the 1968 album of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. As might be guessed, the distinctive opening interval of this song emerged as a key motif, although I had a bit more trouble detecting the essence of the song in the fugal treatment. For me this was a rather engaging bit of nostalgia, leaving me thinking about how the source material predated the composers birth by about two decades.
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Schreckhorn and Finsteraarhorn peaks of the Alps

On Sunday, Nov. 24, the Concord Chamber Music Society (CCMS) will present its second concert of the 2013-2014 season at Concord Academy. CCMS founder and director Wendy Putnam (violin) will be joined by Concord Chamber players Steve Ansell (viola) and Mike Reynolds (cello), along with guest musicians Julianne Lee (violin) and Cathy Basrak (viola), both from the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). The program includes works by Sibelius, Brahms and Dvorak. Lee joined the BSO in 2006 and currently serves as acting assistant concertmaster. Lee earned a Bachelor of Arts in violin performance and a diploma in viola performance from the Curtis Institute, as well as a Master of Arts from the New England Conservatory. She teaches on the faculty of the NEC preparatory school and at Berklee College of Music. She appears regularly on concert stages as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Basrak was appointed assistant principal violist of the BSO in 2000. She is a frequent soloist who has performed with major orchestras throughout Europe and North America and has been awarded prizes at leading competitions, including a first prize at the 1995 Irving M. Klein International String Competition; the first violist ever to do so. The program features the Suite in A Major for Violin, Viola and Cello by Jean Sibelius, the String Quintet in F Major, Op.
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Chamber Music Society concert is Sunday

You get the visual enjoyment as well as the aural. The new murals really enhance the visual experience.” What better way to kick off the Island holiday season than listening to memorable music in a uniquely Vineyard setting? Music: M.V. Chamber Music Society and guests, 7:30 pm, Saturday, Nov. 30, Old Whaling Church, Edgartown.
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