Spanish Brass Performance POSTPONED!
Due to the continuing icy conditions and interest in keeping everyone safe, First Presbyterian Church has decided to remain closed, thus we must postpone Friday night’s presentation of the Spanish Brass. As you can imagine, we are greatly disappointed. We intend to reschedule their performance hopefully in May. We will keep you informed as we work with their agent about this.  If you have already purchased your ticket, please keep it! We will honor your ticket at the rescheduled event.
We look forward to seeing you at our Friday, February 23rd presentation of the Marian Anderson String Quartet for their program, “On Being Enslaved.”

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Welcome to our 64th season of continued commitment to presenting a variety of ensembles that combine core chamber repertoire, modern and contemporary works.

From the Artistic Director:

Our 64th season will take us on a tour around the world and across many centuries, from Scandinavia in the 20th century, to Haydn’s Esterhazy Palace, to Spain, to the underground railroad in the American South, and finally ending in Gershwin’s America. This year, I hope you will join me before each concert for a short presentation beginning at 6:45 pm. These pre-concert talks are free and open to all with the purchase of a concert ticket. In these talks, I will provide historical and cultural context for the music we will hear in the concert with the hope that it will enrich your listening and open up a dialogue about these works. I look forward to sharing and discussing these programs with you!


Spanish Brass Performance POSTPONED!
Due to the continuing icy conditions and interest in keeping everyone safe, First Presbyterian Church has decided to remain closed, thus we must postpone Friday night’s presentation of the Spanish Brass. As you can imagine, we are greatly disappointed. We intend to reschedule their performance hopefully in May. We will keep you informed as we work with their agent about this.  If you have already purchased your ticket, please keep it! We will honor your ticket at the rescheduled event.

Spanish Brass (a)LIVE

Spanish Brass(www.spanishbrass.com) was created in 1989 by five Spanish musicians as an innovative project that quickly gained world recognition for its performances, educational activities and creative collaborations. After they won First Prize in the 1996 Narbonne (France) International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, trumpeter Bernard Soustrot said, “Of all the First Prize winners of the Narbonne Competition, the Spanish Brass is the best since the competition was founded in 1986.” In 2017 the group received the I Bankia Music Talent Award in Spain, for the most influential musical artists. Their program will feature arrangements of works by J.S. Bach and Leonard Bernstein alongside those by Spanish and Latin American composers, such as Manuel de Falla and Astor Piazzolla.

Spanish Brass Program

“Spanish Brass has earned an international reputation for the quality of its playing, reaching across boundaries of geography and style . . . Their enthusiasm, and their commitment to their musical cause, made them the best kind of ambassadors.”

 —Louisville Courier Journal

On Being Enslaved

The critically acclaimed all-female ensemble has performed at presidential inaugurations, the Library of Congress and more, making history in 1991 when they won the International Cleveland Quartet Competition – the first African American ensemble to win a classical music competition. Their rich program presents works reflecting on the theme of enslavement, beginning with “At the Purchaser’s Option with Variations” by MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, Grammy Award winner and musical polymath Rhiannon Giddens through a suite by Jonathan McNair composed for the story of the underground railroad and pieces written in honor of the quartet’s namesake, before leading organically into a performance of Dvorak’s beloved “American” Quartet.

Program

“In the presence of the (Marian) Anderson String Quartet you feel as if everything’s going to be alright for classical music, as if a little Beethoven and Brahms might just solve the world’s problems.”                                    

 — LA Times

Gershwin: My Time is Today

Anchored in Heifitz’s Gershwin arrangements, and interspersed with William Bolcom, violinist Haerim Liz Lee and her pianist collaborator David Fung juxtapose classical repertoire with contemporary works by living composers and collaborators. Inspired by George Gershwin’s quote, “My people are American, my time is today. Music must repeat the thought and aspirations of the times,” this impassioned performance conveys the timelessness of music throughout the ages. Elizabeth’s playing style indicates her personality: passionate, deliberate, and often witty. She captivates audiences by “leaving them breathless with impeccable phrasing and relevant musicality.”

“No one can do justice to this music without swagger and swing, and (Elizabeth) has plenty of it. After three hearings [of Gerwshin; My Time is Today], this album enchants me; it’s a keeper.”

Performing Arts Monterey Bay


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Chamber Music Corvallis’ Statement of Inclusivity
Here at CMC, we believe in equality, respect for others, and creating a safe space for all to enjoy classical music. We believe the inclusion of people from all backgrounds makes us a stronger community. Our top priority is to bring high quality chamber music to everyone in the local and surrounding area of Corvallis. While we understand that historically, classical music has been an exclusive culture, we believe in making classical music more accessible and enjoyable for all. We look forward to continuing to create this community with you!