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Happy Hour Chamber Concerts - 10th Anniversary Season

Sep 24, 2021

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As we welcome back audiences to live concerts, we are excited to present a rare opportunity to hear music from voices often unheard in Early Music concerts: the viola as a soloist, and women composers.


Violist Vijay Chalasani, professor at the University of Northern Colorado and founding member of Sinfonia Spirituosa, brings us this special program that takes the viola (the favored instrument of J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, and many others) into the spotlight. His program highlighting the viola will feature music by familiar composers such as J.S. Bach, J.J. Quantz, and H.I.F. Biber, as well as music by Isabella Leonarda and Beatrice Mattei, two women composers historically excluded from the musical canon. An Early-Music inspired contemporary work by Reena Esmail completes the program. Esmail is a Los Angeles based composer who, like Chalasani, has South Asian heritage and whose music making meets at the frontiers of Eastern cultural influence and Western musical training.


We hope you will join us for this stunning premier concert of our Tenth Season!