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Bridge Chamber Music Festival announces its 15th season
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Fri, 08/16/2013 - 11:50am
The Bridge Chamber Music Festival is pleased to announce its 15th season of chamber music and related activities in Northfield, spanning August 20-27. The Festival is a proud recipient of an Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant, through funding from the Minnesota Legislature.
The Festival begins on August 20th with a program featuring the Grammy Award winning Parker Quartet. The 7:30 pm concert, held in Urness Recital Hall in the Christiansen Hall of Music at St. Olaf College, features Mozart’s Quartet in E flat major, K.428, Bartok’s Quartet #3 and Dvorak’s Quartet in C major Op. 61. The Parker Quartet’s international performing career and recent recording accolades make this concert one not to be missed.
The Festival continues on August 22nd, with a program featuring the Bridge Chamber Players and some special guests. This 7:30 pm concert features Brahms’ Horn Trio, Op. 40, with Herb Winslow, Principal Horn of the Minnesota Orchestra. Also on the program is Sanit-Saens’ Tarantella for Flute, Clarinet and Piano, and Dvorak’s String Quintet Op. 97, subtitled “American” for being composed in the United States. The concert will be in Urness Recital Hall on the St. Olaf College campus.
On Friday August 23, the Festival inaugurates a jazz series. At 7:30 pm, in the Carleton College Concert Hall, pianist Laura Caviani presents a program entitled “From Bach to Bop,” which explores relationships of what we consider “Classical” music and jazz. Caviani, a prominent jazz performer in the region, will be joined by other musicians, including David Hagedorn.
Sunday, August 25th brings the Young Artist Recital, featuring young performers from the area in chamber and solo settings. This free concert will be held at 2 pm in Studio A in Skifter Hall on the St. Olaf campus.
The jazz series continues on Monday August 26, with a performance by the Twin Cities based band “Snowblind.” This concert will be held at 7:30 pm in the Northfield Middle School Auditorium. Snowblind also features Northfield’s own David Hagedorn.
The 14th season of the Bridge Chamber Music Festival concludes on Tuesday August 27 at Carleton College’s Concert Hall with a concert featuring Susannah Perry Gilmore, concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony, Sabina Thatcher, Principal Viola Emeritus of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Anthony Ross, Principal Cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra. These three prominent musicians will be joined by pianist Nicola Melville, music faculty at Carleton College, violinist Francesca Anderegg, violist Charles Gray and cellist David Carter, all on the St. Olaf music faculty. Works performed will be Mozart’s Piano Quartet in E-flat major, K. 493, and Brahms’ String Sextet in B-flat major Op. 18. In addition, Northfield’s own Matthew Wehling, an award-winning maker of bows for string instruments, will give a brief talk about various aspects of bow making, including a demonstration of some of his bows.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.