Monday, June 5, 2017

This Year Again at the Bronson House

Gossips made this point last year at this time, but it merits repeating. Although many classic works of chamber music were composed in the 18th century, the 19th century may have been chamber music's finest moment. It was then that the works we think of as chamber music were performed, in Europe and America, by small ensembles of professional or amateur musicians in the homes of wealthy commoners rather than exclusively in the palaces of crowned heads of state. 

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In the suite of octagonal parlors, designed by Alexander Jackson Davis in 1849, in the National Historic Landmark Oliver Bronson House, it's not hard to imagine that Dr. Bronson and his wife, Joanna, may have invited friends and family to their home to hear chamber music.  

Again this year, Historic Hudson and The Orchestra Now collaborate to re-create the intimate musical experience that Oliver and Joanna may have offered their guests more than a century and a half ago. On Sunday, June 11, musicians from The Orchestra Now of Bard College will perform works of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven in the extraordinary spaces of the Dr. Oliver Bronson House. 

The concert begins at 2 p.m. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. 

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