A Musical Gallery

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Violinist Megan Molina

IT’S ONE THING to listen to chamber music in a bleak, bare-walled auditorium. It’s quite another to soak in the sounds as you sit inside an art gallery where wine and hors d’ouevres await. That’s at least four things you have to look forward to this weekend when Chamber Music Charleston presents another signature performance at the Martin Gallery on Broad Street.

In this final concert of CMC’s 2010–11 Gallery Concert Series, violinists Alan and Megan Molina, violist Ben Weiss, cellist Timothy O’Malley, flutist Regina Helcher Yost, and harpsichordist Julia Harlow will perform an eclectic program of Baroque, Classical/Romantic, and 20th-century pieces. These top-notch musicians love to play in this type of intimate setting for an appreciative audience. It should make for a splendid Sunday afternoon.

The concert will open with “Sonata da Camera” by Czech composer Ilja Hurnik. This piece was written in 1953 but uses the standard Baroque trio sonata instrumentation of flute, violin, cello, and harpsichord. It will be followed by Johann Sebastian Bach’s Trio Sonata for Flute, Violin, and Harpsichord BWV 1038, written when Bach was the director of court music for Prince Leopold in Cothen. The final work will be Beethoven’s glorious String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18 No. 2. After the performance there will be a light wine and cheese reception.

Watch last year’s performance at Martin Gallery

LOOKING FORWARD to the Fall, Chamber Music Charleston’s 2011-12 season will include House Concerts in private homes, the Classical Kids Series at Memminger Auditorium and Dock Street Theatre, and the Mozart In The South Festival, a four-day celebration of classical music in Charleston which this year will include the second annual CMC Gala at the Governor Thomas Bennett House and the Festival Finale at Middleton Place.

Chamber Music Charleston will also return to Memminger Auditorium for three major performances that will include an innovative spin on the concert-going experience: VIP bistro seating just a few feet from the stage. Tables will include a complimentary bottle of wine and the opportunity to purchase boxed bistro fare prepared by Caviar & Bananas. General theater-style seating will be available in risers surrounding the stage.

But first things first: mark your calendar for the Martin Gallery concert this Sunday and the Classical Kids Concert the following Saturday, April 16 at Circular Congregational Church.

Martin Gallery Concert • 18 Broad St
Sunday, April 10 • 3 PM
$25 (online at www.ChamberMusicCharleston.org or call 843-763-4941)
Advance purchase strongly recommended

To receive a 2011–12 season brochure, email Sandra@chambermusiccharleston.org or call (843) 763-4941 and leave your postal mailing address. Brochures will be mailed April 11, 2011.

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