Concert series inspires flights of imagination
If the concert experience can be compared to a journey, then audiences of ChamberMusic@Beall will be treated to the excursions of discovery led by some of the world’s foremost classical music ensembles now through April 7. The Sunday concert series is a joint production of the Oregon Bach Festival and University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. Watch the preview slideshow or download the season brochure (pdf). [caption id="attachment_9660" align="alignleft" width="240"] The Miro Quartet performs Schubert December 9. Photo by Nathan Russell.[/caption] Named for the Spanish surrealist painter whose canvasses drew from the realms of memory and fantasy, the Miró Quartet is one of America’s most honored ensembles, and was the first to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant. Two revered Schubert works are the focus of its December 9 concert. The Szymanowski Quartet of Poland, featured January 27, 2013, balances deft performances of the treasured string quartet repertoire with new works, especially those of their countryman and namesake, Karol Szymanowski. Portland Baroque Orchestra director Monica Huggett, a small orchestra of PBO players, and stellar Irish-Nigerian double-bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku team to explore the world of “The Viennese Bass” on February 17. The program includes familiar treasures from Mozart and Haydn as well as lesser-known gems of the 18th century. The series concludes April 7 with Brooklyn Rider, a genre-defying string quartet that combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that has attracted legions of fans from the worlds of classical, contemporary, and rock music. Concerts take place at 3 pm (except for November 4 Finckel and Han, which starts at 5 pm) in Beall Concert Hal on the UO campus and are preceded by a “Musical Insights” talk by UO School of Music and Dance faculty members in Thelma Schnitzer Rehearsal Hall (music room 163). The series is sponsored by the Valley River Inn and KLCC public radio. Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person via the Hult Center or University of Oregon ticket offices. For more program information look online at oregonbachfestival.com/events/chamber.