Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes cellist David Carter, Professor of Music at St. Olaf, from the Northfield Bridge Chamber Music Festival and singer, teacher, volunteer Bonnie Jean Flom from the Northfield Arts & Culture Commission.
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The Bridge Chamber Music Festival announces its 18th season, August 21-27. The Festival features world-class artists, including the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet, Trombonist JC Sanford, Stone Arch Brass, and eclectic programming that spans time periods from the Renaissance period to present day, including unique combinations of jazz and classical music. Venues include the Grand Event Center in downtown Northfield, Skifter Hall, and Urness Recital Hall at St. Olaf College.
Festival Concert II, August 23 at 7:30 pm, is held in collaboration with the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission and the Sidewalk Poetry Project and will feature readings by the contest winners. For more information about the upcoming music series see below or visit www.bridgechamberfestival.org. Tickets are $5 general admission, available at the door or through the Northfield Arts Guild. Some of the concerts are offered free of charge; free-will donations are accepted. For more information please call 507-786-3535.
2016 Bridge Chamber Music Festival
Sunday, August 21: Young Artist Recital, 2 pm, Skifter Hall, St. Olaf College.
Talented young musicians from southern Minnesota in a variety of solo and chamber music works.Free concert, no ticket required.
Monday, August 22: Festival Concert I, 7:30 PM, Urness Recital Hall, St. Olaf College
The Grammy-nominated ENSŌ STRING QUARTET performs an exciting recital that features Alberto Ginastera’s dynamic String Quartet #1, the ethereal Ainsi la nuit by Henri Dutilleux and Maurice Ravel’s masterful String Quartet. Fresh from a residency at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Enso will also perform an outreach event at the Northfield Retirement Community that afternoon. Tickets are required for Festival Concert I.
Tuesday, August 23: Festival Concert II, 7:30 PM, the Grand Event Center, 316 Washington St.
This program explores the relationship between jazz and classical music. The Artaria String Quartet, winners of a McKnight Fellowship, will perform the “Lullaby” by George Gershwin and a movement from Heitor Villa-Lobos’ String Quartet #7. Northfield native Parker Ousley, cellist and vocalist, will perform several jazz standards, and the Glider Trio will perform Brazilian jazz. Poetry readings will be interspersed throughout the programming. No ticket required; a free-will donation will be taken at the concert.
Friday, August 26: Festival Concert III, 7:30 PM Urness Recital Hall, St. Olaf College
The Dave Hagedorn Trio performs a dynamic jazz program featuring traditional and original works. They are joined by New York based trombonist JC Sanford in what promises to be a memorable program. Tickets required.
Saturday, August 27: Festival Concert IV, 7:30 PM Urness Recital Hall, St. Olaf College
The festival finale features Brahms’ majestic Piano Trio Op. 87, performed by violinist Sonja Harasim, Artistic Director David Carter, cello, and pianist Nicola Melville. The Stone Arch Brass, comprised by first-call musicians from the Twin Cities, complete the program with works from the Renaissance to today, including music by Bach, Viktor Ewald and Martin Hodel. Tickets are required.
Tickets for concerts are available at the door or through the Northfield Arts Guild. For more information, please call (507) 786-3535 or email [email protected].
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.