The Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival has announced its 2012 season schedule, and it promises sounds of all shapes and sizes.
We previewed one of the acts, Brooklyn Rider, previously here. For more of an idea of what you can expect to see and hear at their concert on Sunday, September 16 at 3:00pm in UVa’s Old Cabell Hall, watch this episode of NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert,” featuring the quartet. The second piece played on the video, entitled “Second Bounce,” actually drew inspiration from an unlikely source: bouncy balls. Watch and see!
Furthermore, you can look forward to new works with percussion from composer Missy Mazzoli, and new works from violinist/composer Ljova. If those names aren’t familiar to you yet, here is a quick background.
Mizzy Mazzoli has been called “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” by The New York Times and “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” by Time Out New York. She is a founding member of Victoire, an all-female ensemble. NPR’s First Listen asked “Is Victoire’s music post-rock, post-mimimalist or pseudo-post-pre-modernist indie-chamber-electronica? It doesn’t particularly matter. It’s just good music.” Through Victoire, Mazzoli has performed with the Kronos Quartet, My Brightest Diamond, The National, and Owen Pallet.
Lev Zhurbin, the violist and composer who performs and writes under the name Ljova is known for collaborations with the Gypsy band Romashka and the indie-folk band Tall Tall Trees. You can read a fun profile of him in The New York Times from 2010 here.
There will also be staples like Mozart’s String Quartet in C Major and Johannes Brahms’ orchestra serenade in its original instrumentation as a Nonet for winds and strings.
In addition to the five-concert series, the Festival will present a FREE mid-day concert at The Paramount Theater with pianist Alasdair Beatson and other players in works by Beethoven, Schumann and Weber, on Friday, September 14.
Tickets will be available in late July online, by phone, and by mail. Stay tuned to the festival website for details!