Bridge Chamber Music Festival – Concert lll

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The Bridge Chamber Music Festival concludes its musical series with a concert at Carleton Concert Hall this evening, Tuesday, August 27, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. Featured guests are Susanna 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. Accompanying tonight’s special guests at the highly-anticipated performance are Violinist Francesca Anderegg, Violist Charles Gray and Cellist David Carter, music faculty at St. Olaf College, along with Pianist Nicola Melville, music faculty at Carleton College. 

“It's a privilege and a joy to work with such fine musicians,” said Artistic Director David Carter, speaking of his colleagues and special musical guests, all of whom are currently or have been first chair players in major orchestras and are well-known nationally.

Tonight’s program includes Mozart’s “Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 493.” Mozart’s work clearly embraces the piano to add to the chamber’s traditional timbre of violins, violas and cellos. “It’s warm and lyrical,” said Carter of Mozart’s piece written in the key of E flat major. “Different keys affect composers in different ways,” said Carter in regards to the tone of a piece. This evening’s concert also includes the works of Brahms’ “String Sextet in B-flat Major, Op. 18.” “We all need more lyricism in our lives,” smiled Carter, reflecting on the selection of music.

Included in tonight’s program will be a brief talk and demonstration about the artistry of bow making, presented by local, but world-renowned bowmaker/archetier Matthew Wehling.