The Bridge Chamber Music Festival continues …


As the summer winds down, a celebration of music is still underway with the Bridge Chamber Music Festival. Concerts will take place Sunday, Aug. 24, at Urness Recital Hall at St. Olaf College, Monday, Aug. 25, at Carleton Concert Hall at Carleton College and Tuesday, Aug. 26, at The Grand Event Center. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are available at the door for $5.

Festival Concert II –

Sunday's performance began with WindWorks playing Sextet for Piano and Winds in B-flat major, Op. 6, followed by new works -- a Bridge Chamber Music Festival 2014 debut called kids these days -- by Composer Doug Opel. The evening concludes with Piano Trio #2 in E-flat major, Op. 100 of Franz Schubert.

“I wrote two short pieces for a piano trio comprised of violinist Kyu-Young Kim, cellist Pitnarry Shin and pianist Esther Wang, who have come together for the occasion of this year's Bridge Chamber Music Festival, said Composer Doug Opel. “These are the first two of what I intend to be several short pieces under an album titled kids these days, a collection that will evoke the exuberance, playfulness and carefree spirit of youth. These works, individually titled in the library and spin dizzy are each a musical depiction of the image implied by their name.”

“That said, I do confess my choice of titles came largely as an afterthought, so in the creative process, it was actually the music that inspired the image, rather than the image inspiring the music,” shared Opel.

“As is often the case with my music, I chose to embrace leaning-toward sensibilities more commonly associated with popular idioms: the use of grooves and driving rhythms, utilizing repetition and tonality, etc. I also like a slight quirkiness whenever it compliments the spirit of what I'm trying to convey, and both strings and piano lend themselves easily to this through a variety of idiomatic but nonetheless extended performance techniques. I suppose the seemingly endless possibilities of these two notions more than anything compelled me not only to write these pieces but to find a way to treat this also as a work in progress, so that I can keep open the option of making future contributions to this particularly wonderful combination of instruments under the same theme,” said Opel.

Festival Concert III –

Monday evening begins with works from Composer Giachinno Rossini with String Sonata #3 in C major. The musicians include the Festival’s Artist Director David Carter, cello, along with Charles Gray and Hector Valdivia, violin and Paul Ousley, bass.

Following is a Concertino for Two Pianos in A minor, Op 94. “The Shostakovich Concertino for two pianos is an audience-pleaser, with beautifully contrasted sober and more high-spirited moments. The solo part was written for his son, Maxim, and the work's youthful, positive energy will be a wonderful addition to the Bridge festival program on Monday,” said Pianist Nicola Melville of the Festival.

Jazz Concert - 

Kevin Clements and Dave Hagedorn usually perform as a Vibe/Bass duo, but this year, Hagedorn indicated Phil Hey is joining them on drums. In 2006, Hey was named Jazz Artist of the Year for the Twin Cities in City Pages. “Our tunes this season consist mostly of music from Brazilian composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim and Hermeto Pascoal, but we also will be featuring a few jazz standard chestnuts,” said Hagedorn. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at The Grand Event Center on Tuesday, Aug. 26. 

- written by Amy Acheson



Note: 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.

(To view this article on the BCMF's website, go here.)