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Exploring Classical Music Through the Lens of Chamber Music with Sandra Nikolajevs, President and Artistic Director of Chamber Music Charleston

Class 1 (Thursday, April 25): Setting the Stage For Chamber Music: From Bach to Mozart.

It is commonly thought that the tradition of chamber music was first established in the late 1700s and early 1800s by such well-known composers as Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven…but we would not have been able to enjoy such an art form if it wasn’t for the music of the Baroque masters, such as Johann Sebastian Bach. This class will explore the origins of the Chamber Music medium.

Class 2 (Thursday, May 2): From the Private Salons to the Concert Hall: The Evolution of Chamber Music between the Classical and Romantic Periods.

Chamber Music was originally created as a way to enjoy classical music in the private homes or in the royal courts, among friends. As the caliber of performers increased – and the quality of the music began to equal that of great symphonies and operas – chamber music began to appear in the great concert halls. This class will show this transition with interesting anecdotes and descriptions of chamber music performances as it moved from a private to a more public art form.

Class 3 (Thursday, May 9): Pushing the Limits of Music: Audience Reaction to Music of the 20th and 21st Century.

The Classical Music world went through great change at the end of the Romantic Period, as it started to truly push the boundaries of tonality, rhythm, and structure. This change has continued to today, as we find ourselves in an era where there is so much diversity and styles to either enjoy…or run away from! This class will explore various performances with extreme audience reactions and provide a reflection on current chamber music concert offerings.

Class 4 (Thursday, May 16): The Role of Classical Music and Chamber Music Today.

What does historical context mean for the enjoyment of “Classical” chamber music today? We will entertain various ideas and learn from the perspective of a young musician who is just entering the professional world of music (cellist Peter O’Malley, who recently completed his first year of studies in Cello Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is also the son of the class lecturer, Sandra Nikolajevs)

 

Instructor Sandra Nikolajevs: Born and raised in central Massachusetts, Sandra Nikolajevs (bassoon) began her formal musical education at the Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in Ohio and received her Bachelor education at the Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in Ohio and received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York City. She furthered her education at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris as the first American in the German Bassoon Studio of acclaimed solo bassoonist Pascal Gallois. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Nikolajevs has performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Ms. Nikolajevs is currently Principal Bassoonist of the Savannah Philharmonic and has held the same position with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic and Augusta Symphony. She is Founder, President and Artistic Director of Chamber Music Charleston.

Each class is $25 whole series for $100

Details

Date:
May 16
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:

Other

Price
$25 per class or $100 for series