Individual Concerts

Explosive Beginnings

Presented by CFW and the National Music Centre

Wednesday July 27, 2022 7:30 p.m.
Studio Bell at the National Music Centre

Mozart Sonata for 2 Pianos in D Major
Kaija Saariaho NoaNoa 1992
Yevgeniy Sharlat new work, Canadian Premiere
Mendelssohn String Octet, Op. 20

ChamberFest West’s inaugural season opens with a dynamic concert featuring explosive masterpieces written by composers in their youth. What better way to begin than with the joyous brilliance of Mozart on duo pianos? Next up is a fascinating multidimensional sound world created by flute, flutist, and both pre-recorded and live processed electronics, and the exciting opportunity to hear the Canadian premiere of a brand new work. Finally, the stunning brilliance of Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings, filled with all the infectious energy and joyful exhilaration you might expect from a brilliant composer who was just 16 years old when he wrote it.

Movie night and more!

Thursday July 28, 2022 7:30 p.m.
C-Space

Shostakovich Four Waltzes, Op. 97c arr. Lev Atovmyan (fl/cl/pno)
Selections from 50 for the Future from Kronos Quartet
The General, Buster Keaton
– improvised piano score
Matan Porat, piano

Settle in for an evening of movies and music, ChamberFest West style! Buster Keaton’s famous silent film inspires pianist/composer Matan Porat to “an astounding feat of creative musicianship” (The New Yorker): a completely original, improvised, live score which, like the film, is filled with drama, whimsy, and visionary imagination. Shostakovich’s waltzes—charming miniatures originally written for a film score—and selections from the Kronos Quartet’s globally-influenced “50 For the Future” project, set the scene.

Nucleus

Friday, July 29, 2022 7:30 p.m.
Contemporary Calgary, Grotto

Debussy Syrinx
Hildegard von Bingen “O Virtus Sapientie” Arr. Marianne Pfau for string quartet
George Crumb Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale)
Kronos Quartet Set

This dramatic program unfolds from a pure, still centre into a musical mass of energy! Solo flute… a mystical medieval chant… an iconic blue-lit theatrical work with masked musicians and amplified sounds called “a sustained and beautiful dream vision of the deep” (The New Yorker). The final set, drawn from the Kronos Quartet’s visionary “50 For the Future” project, showcases a vast variety of global influences and distinctive voices including Inuit throat singing with electronica influences; metaphysical prose and medieval dance forms; traditional hand clapping songs from Mali, and much more.

Rule Smashers

Presented by CFW and the National Music Centre

Saturday July 30, 2022 7:30 p.m.
Studio Bell at the National Music Centre

Nadia Boulanger 3 Pièces for Cello and Piano (1914)
Zoltán Kodály Serenade, Op. 12 (1920)
Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 (1890)

Set in the elegant Performance Hall at Studio Bell, three works written around the turn of the 20th century each illustrate distinctive European characters. Nadia Boulanger’s charming miniatures exude French elegance with a delicate charm. Belá Bartók declared the Serenade by his friend and colleague Kodály to be “a genuine, modern product of Hungarian culture,” blending old peasant songs with distinctive, angular harmonies. Souvenir de Florence is a sunny picture postcard of Italy viewed through a Russian lens, with star turns for each performer.

Big Bang

Sunday, July 31, 2022 7:30 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall, Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, Mount Royal University

Haydn Piano Trio in G Major (Gypsy Trio)
Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op.25

ChamberFest West’s inaugural season closes with a literal “big bang,” showcasing virtuosic, percussive works and highlighting the exotic flair of gypsy folk music. Haydn’s “Gypsy” Piano Trio is famous for its fiery finale, followed by one of the most sonically inventive works in all of chamber music. The final movement of Brahms’ exhilarating Piano Quartet is a breathless “Gypsy Rondo” that prompted the Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim to jokingly tell his friend, “You beat me on my own turf!” All in all, a riveting, rollicking, season finale.