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July 11, 2017 > ChamberFest 2017 Ð A summer classic

ChamberFest 2017 Ð A summer classic

Submitted By Vickilyn Hussey

Enchanting works, well-loved tunes, playful trios and duets, elegant selections from Beethoven, Ravel, Brahms, Haydn, Shostakovich and more, with dashes of youthful showmanship like RachmaninoffÕs ÒRomanceÓ performed six hands/one piano, make a delightful summer concert for all ages. It is what we have come to expect from ÒChamberFest LIVE!,Ó a free annual showcase of talented young artists performing together as ensembles.

Music at the MissionÕs ChamberFest, currently in its third year, is a music festival designed for gifted young musicians seeking artistic development through an intensive exploration of chamber music repertoire. Through this program, music students have the opportunity to collaborate with their peers from around the San Francisco Bay Area in small chamber ensembles coached by a faculty of professional and critically-acclaimed musicians: Steve Huber (violin), Adelle-Akiko Kearns (cello), Alison Lee (piano), and Dr. Katherine Lee (piano). This year, the coachings and classes take place at Centerville Presbyterian Church in Central Fremont.

ÒAt ChamberFest, each of our 18 students (ranging from ages 9-15) participate in one or two ensemble groupings and spend our eight days together preparing their respective pieces to be performed at our final concert. They also take classes in composition, improvisation, and popular music performance (all led by Steve Huber), as well as building their knowledge of music theory and history through some fun activities and games,Ó said Dr. Katherine Lee, director of ChamberFest.

ÒAs a private piano teacher, my greatest wish has always been for the music students in our community to explore and appreciate the endless opportunities that come from learning to play their instruments. I find it critical for piano students, in particular, to understand that playing the piano goes far beyond solo piano playing,Ó observed Dr. Lee. ÒAlongside their individual piano studies, they should be exploring small ensemble music, stemming from piano duets and duos to piano trios, quartets, and quintets. And while string, woodwind, and brass students have orchestras and bands to participate in, they too benefit from working in much smaller ensembles where they can further develop their listening skills and collaborative abilities.

ÒThey are excited to come to ChamberFest at the start of each day, and leave buzzing about the new friends they made and the new concepts they learned about in their ensemble groups and from their coaches. It is also great fun to watch my colleagues (many of us have performed together in the Music at the Mission concert series) in their elements as they put on their Ôteaching hatsÕ and work tirelessly walking our students through the processes of music making.Ó

Dr. Lee says that the greatest and most rewarding component of the ChamberFest experience is watching the student ensembles perform in ChamberFest LIVE! at the end of the festival. With barely two weeks to prepare and polish up their pieces, this concert is a celebration of the hard work and dedication of faculty and students. ÒIt is truly incredible what the students are able to achieve in such a short time! Please come and support Music at the MissionÕs ChamberFest students in concert at old Mission San Jose.Ó


ChamberFest LIVE! 2017
Saturday, Jul 15
7 p.m.
Old Mission San Jose
43300 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(510) 402-1724
info@musicatmsj.org
www.musicatmsj.org
Free admission

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