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Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival!
Venue: Morris Graves Museum of Art
Location: 636 F Street, Eureka, CA 95501
Admission price: FREE, Suggested Donation
The Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival will be performing a FREE concert of world-class classical music at the Morris Graves Museum of Art on Sunday, November 25th at 3:00pm. This is a truly perfect event for families and newcomers to the world of classical music – an opportunity to see world-class musicians performing and making this beautiful music accessible, all completely for free.
The Trinity Alps Chamber Players is a touring organization that brings professional classical musicians from around the world to present concerts in Northern California and Oregon. Founded in 2011, the group has presented over 200 free public concerts, featured dozens of musicians from across the United States, Canada, and Europe, and produced annual educational programs for youth and rural schools.
This concert will feature violinists Ellen McGehee and Ellen Flanagan, prompting audiences to wonder what they do during arguments in rehearsal time, with both violinists sharing a first name. Joining them will be violist Christina Simpson and cellist Charles Akert.
Audiences will remember Mr. Akert from his recital appearances in the Spring of 2018 with pianist and festival director Ian Scarfe – where they sold-out several venues with memorable performances of works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Grieg.
The ensemble will present a program of upbeat and lyrical string quartets from the nineteenth century. Ludwig van Beethoven's wildly dramatic youthful style will be represented in a quartet from his Opus 18 set, one of his early successes. Two composers who shared a fascination with integrating folk idioms and styles into their “classical” compositions will also be featured, the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak and the Norweigan Edvard Grieg. Both composed string quartets in the traditional framework, but used the spontaneity and melodic atmosphere of their native folk music to create a unique voice. The ensemble will also share arrangements of Scandinavian folk-music, to round out this friendly and accessible program.
The musicians will spend some time presenting the history and context of this music and the composers, and sharing little bits of advice on details to listen for, and a behind-the-scenes look at how this music was put together.
The program is free and open to the public, but all are encouraged to make a donation to support this deserving organization.