Classical with a twist (Oct. 11)

October 10, 2008

If your only recollection of hearing chamber music was at a wedding reception (and you didn’t pay particularly much attention to it!), you should check out the debut performance of the Chamber Project Saint Louis this Sunday (Oct. 11) at 3 p.m. as part of the Meramec Chamber Music Series.  It’s free, so there’s no risk involved — and by 3 p.m., the Rams will be out of their misery at Washington and you’ll need a good salve for your tortured nerves.

You don’t need to know much about chamber music to enjoy the concert, but it’s always nice to have some background, so here goes: This is a five-piece mixed ensemble (that is, not just strings or wind or brass) playing a diverse blend of music, even a bit of tango. The Chamber Project’s objective is to make their music accessible to everyone, not just classical music aficionados. Each of the five women has a distinguished background in performance and/or education — they know what puts novice audiences to sleep, and they won’t play that here. There’s no dress code or stated age limit, but the concert is recommended for teens and adults.

Sunday’s concert is also the premier for the Meramec Chamber Music Series of six concerts now through April, offered by St. Louis Community College-Meramec and held in its Humanities West building, room 102 (across from the theater). The Chamber Project Saint Louis will perform three of them; other ensembles are the Equinox Chamber Players, the Trombones of the St. Louis Symphony, and the St. Louis Tango Quintet. For details, call 314.984.7500.

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