Updated 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26
The start time has been moved to 8 p.m. in order to accommodate the presidential debate that will be taking place that evening.
What better way to clear your mind and ease your blood pressure after watching the debate? Join us for a program of classical chamber music. No fact checkers needed!
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The Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival will be resuming its popular series of digital concerts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29. It was originally scheduled for 7 p.m.
The concert will be streamed live from the Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center in Weaverville, and will feature trio performances by festival co-founders, pianist Ian Scarfe and violinist Ellen McGehee, joined by cellist James Jaffe.
The concert will be streamed via Zoom, and will feature interviews with the musicians, performances of music by Ludwig van Beethoven and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and a live Q&A that audience members can participate in.
Registration is required to attend the concert, visit www.TrinityAlpsCMF.org to register. Instead of setting ticket prices, the festival asks attendees to “pay-what-you-can,” allowing each to choose a contribution that is best for their budget.
After canceling most of their summer plans to bring musicians from around the world to California for residencies, community events, and concert tours, the festival will offer a series of digital concerts that will be scheduled throughout the rest of the year.
“These live-stream concerts are really important to us,” says festival director Ian Scarfe, “Not only are they a way to keep in touch with all of our fans around California and the rest of the world, but they are an important way to support all of the musicians who love this organization and this beautiful part of California.”
All musicians who perform on the live-streams are paid a professional fee, a rare commodity during a global health crisis.
McGehee, who hosts the festival residencies at her farm in Hyampom each year, says of her experience this year: “This year has made it clear how many things we have taken for granted. It is a real privilege returned to me now, to be able to bring this music to life with James and Ian, and I imagine that ... having this experience can’t help but come through in our performance.”
The musical selections will include Ludwig van Beethoven’s famous Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1. It is often referred to as the “Ghost” Trio, because of the haunting minor-key music in the middle, but overall it is a buoyant, joyous, and often humorous work that is one of Beethoven’s finest. The musicians will also prepare selections from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Negro Melodies, Op. 24. Coleridge-Taylor was a mixed-race English composer who lived at the height of the late-Romantic era, and his arrangements call to mind the music of Dvorak or Grieg, other composers who successfully married folk-music styles with the classical Romantic traditions.