Sunday, March 6, 2011

Classical Music at Helsinki

It's 52 degrees and raining today, and the temperature and the rain are inexorably eating away the nasty piles of ice and hardened snow that line the streets. Although there's a snow shower in the forecast for tomorrow morning, the vernal equinox is only two weeks away and the approach of spring is palpable. What better way to celebrate the end of winter and the approach of spring than with chamber music played by exceptional young musicians at the beginning of their professional careers? 

Next Sunday, March 13, Club Helsinki hosts the next concert in the ClaverackLanding Classical Series: the Chimeng String Quartet. "Chimeng" is Chinese for "enlightenment," and the four young women who make up the quartet--all part of the Bard College Conservatory of Music Class of 2011--bring an "exceptional blend of expression, skill, and artistic impression" to their performance. On the program for Sunday's concert are Mozart's String Quartet No. 22 in B flat major, the "Prussian, No. 2"; Janacek's Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata"; and Brahms' String Quartet No. 1 in C minor. Artistic Director Gwen Gould describes the concert as a "delicious musical treat" certain to inspire and enlighten. Indulge yourself! Order tickets online at Columbia Festival Orchestra or Club Helsinki

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