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High Desert Chamber Music is in the midst of its 11th season. Founder and executive director Isabelle LaForet Senger said the mission of High Desert Chamber Music is to bring world-class chamber music and musicians to Central Oregon.
“Through our concert series and educational outreach programs, we present some of our nation’s most prominent performing artists to as many locals as we can reach,” said Senger.
The next concert features the critically acclaimed Neave Trio on Saturday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. at Wille Hall at COCC. Boston-based Neave Trio includes violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Eri Nakamura.
In addition to providing opportunities to hear amazing music, educational outreach is a critical component of High Desert Chamber Music. Guest artists visit local schools and retirement communities for performances, and host Q&A sessions.
The Spotlight Chamber Players program is another outreach program that was developed to provide high-level of chamber music instruction to young students at no cost. These young musicians receive weekly chamber group instruction by violinist Senger as well as individual and group instruction by visiting artists from the High Desert Chamber Music Concert Series. Auditions for the Spotlight Chamber Players are held in the fall and are open to string players in grades 6-12 with at least three years of private instruction.
This year’s Spotlight Chamber Players are Mateo Garza (violin), MeiChi Neilson (piano), Nicolas Oncken (violin), and Amy Wheeler (cello).
Fundraising events for High Desert Chamber Music include its Annual Benefit Gala at Bend Golf Club and Music & Friends concerts held at private residences. “Music & Friends performances are a great way to appreciate how chamber music began,” said Senger. “It’s truly unique to experience live classical music with your friends in your own home.”
What is Chamber Music?
Chamber music is a form of classical music that is composed for a small group of instruments, with no conductor, and only one performer to a part. Each musician controls an integral part of the performance and demands that they engage in a close musical dialogue with the other performers. String trios and string sextets, piano trios, and piano quintets are but a few of the combinations you will get to experience through High Desert Chamber Music.
Here’s more information and how to support High Desert Chamber Music.