Chamber music floats through the weekend
Chamber music lies between the grandiose symphony orchestra and the bright spotlight of solo recitals. Performed by quartets and trios, Chamber music requires cooperation and cohesion, yet calls for a more intimate study of each musician's performance than large, symphonic pieces. It is music for the parlor or the First Congregational Church of Webster Groves. Both are available in St. Louis soon.
The Missouri Chamber Music Festival 2012, which starts Tuesday, will bring small ensembles from across the nation to St. Louis for three nights of concerts. Titled "Phantasy," "Glisten" and "Finale," the concerts will each feature five to six musicians performing the music of Brahms, Beethoven, Dvorak and more.
The 2012 festival marks the second year of the organization's annual festival. To hear music from the Krystof Penderecki Quartet, which performed in last year's Missouri Chamber Music Festival, watch the video to the right.
On Sunday, the Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists starts with a house concert. Monday brings an artist recital by Cantor Sharon Nathanson from Congregation B’nai Amoona alongside the Gesher musicians. Tuesday June 26 features a lecture by guest scholar Glen Bauer on the influence of Judaism on composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Concerts continue through Sunday July 1. Check back next week for more detail.
Also this weekend, a Beatles tribute band plays at Powell hall, the Whitaker Music festival brings Ralph Butler to Ivory Perry Park and the Union Memorial United Methodist Church hosts an afternoon of African music.
Missouri Chamber Music Festival 2012
Where: First Congregational Church of Webster Groves, 10 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves
When: 5 - 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21; 7 - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23
How much: $20 general, $15 students and seionds
Classical Mystery Tour
Where: Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand, St. Louis
When: 8 p.m. Friday, June 22
How much: $35 - $75
Songs of Africa Ensemble Concert
Where: Union Memorial United Methodist Church, 1141 Belt Ave., St. Louis
When: 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24
How much: $15 suggested donation
Ivory Perry Park Whitaker Concert
Who: Ralph Butler Band
Where: Ivory Perry Park, 800 Belt Ave., St. Louis
When: 6 p.m. Sunday, June 24
How much: Free