The Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival will be resuming its popular series of Digital Concerts at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. The concert will be streamed live on Zoom, and will feature performances of music by J.S. Bach, Max Reger and Chevalier Saint-Georges.
Why the early “brunch hour” start time? This concert will feature a special treat – live performances from two musicians in Copenhagen, Denmark. Young virtuosos Emma Steele and Hulda Jónsdóttir will be playing violin duos, and will be joined in the program by cellist Evan Kahn, a resident of Oakland, Calif.
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.
This concert is the second in a series that will feature all six of Johann Sebastian Bach's Suites for Solo Cello. Bach's Second Cello Suite is in the key of D Minor, and has a deeply emotional and expressive nature. Cellist Evan Kahn will be the performer for this work. Kahn previously appeared on a June Festival concert, performing music by George Crumb.
Violinist Emma Steele, a native of Chicago who now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, holds the impressive position as one of the concertmasters of the Royal Danish Opera Orchestra. She will introduce the audience to her duo partner, Icelandic violinist Hulda Jónsdóttir, and the pair will perform music by the German romantic composer Max Reger and the 18th century classical composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.
Called at times “the Black Mozart,” the Chevalier de Saint-Georges was a champion fencer, classical composer, virtuoso violinist, and conductor in Paris. Born in the French colony of Guadeloupe, he was the son of George Bologne de Saint-Georges, a wealthy married planter, and Anne Nanon, his wife's African slave. His father took him to France when he was young, and he was educated there, also becoming a champion fencer. Today the Chevalier de Saint-Georges is best remembered as the first known classical composer who was of African ancestry; he composed numerous string quartets, operas, and other instrumental music, including the Duos for Two Violins on this program.
The festival is dedicated to supporting musicians during this time, and encourages all of its music fans to tune in and offer support as well. Contributions can be made online through the festival website, www.TrinityAlpsCMF.org.