Expect to be star-struck when you hear music played with passion at the third-annual Valentine concert of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival. This year’s concert, “Romantic Strings”, features an all-string program, where the standard string quartet – two violins, viola, and cello – will become even more sonorous with the addition of a second cello and a double-bass.
Music Festival audiences expect Artistic Director Kevin Krentz to bring an invigorating approach to familiar music and to introduce exciting and unexpected selections. The 2017 Valentine concert is no exception.
Krentz has programmed a string quintet by Antonin Dvorak for two violins, viola, cello, and bass that emphasizes the rich bass lines. Written by the composer when he was just 34, the quintet highlights Dvorak’s talent for embellishing short phrases that evolve into ever-changing and captivating themes. Also on the program is a string quartet by the late-19th-century Russian composer Anton Arensky, scored for the unusual combination of violin, viola, and two cellos.
The concert features returning festival musicians Luka Sešek on violin, Amber Archibald on viola, Krentz on cello, and Travis Gore on bass, with violinist Ingrid Matthews, a master of baroque artistry, and cellist Haeyoon Shin both new to our Festival. Tickets
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