BEYOND THE CONCERT HALL
MUSIC AMONG FRIENDS
Chamber Music Wilmington works in partnership with cultural and educational organizations to support young artists, develop audiences and bring enriching programs to the community.
CMW hosts master classes for local middle and high school students, led by the stellar musicians prior to their Sunday evening concerts. These classes are free to participate in and to attend. Classes are held at the WHQR gallery.
"Thank you, Chamber Music Wilmington, for your gracious gift of guest artist masterclasses. Their expertise and willingness to communicate their art in these classes to Wilmington's talented young string students has been an invaluable teaching aid for me and has ignited an even higher level of interest in my pre-professional students."
- Beverly Andrews, principal violinist with Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and private violin instructor
"I had two students participate in the master class with the Jasper String Quartet. The work they did with the quartet was so beneficial. They worked on connection, musicality and nonverbal communication. By the end of the class, they truly sounded like a different quartet. Cohesive, more open and less inhibited. I also had a student who is 9 years old. I was amazed at how the violinist worked as easily with her as he did with the high school students. She was very nervous and he immediately put her at ease. The one key point they worked on (fluidity in her bow arm) improved dramatically. I hope to have students participate in these master classes for years to come. Thank you Chamber Music Wilmington for this incredible opportunity."
- Anne Stohl, violinist with Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and private violin instructor
"A Little Lunch Music"
CMW and WHQR host a free Friday series where guests are welcome to come to the WHQR gallery, bring their lunch, and learn more about a classical music composer through interactive discussion and listening to pieces played on the beautiful grand piano.
Public Radio Informance
In partnership with Wilmington’s public radio station, 91.3 WHQR, CMW presents live informative performances (“Informances”) featuring interviews with artists and short samples of their upcoming concert program.
OUR EARLIEST MEMORIES OF CLASSICAL MUSIC:
A visit with Bob and Lucy Sherman
CMW’s Artistic Director, Barbara McKenzie,
sat down one chilly night in March with Bob
and Lucy Sherman, long standing members
of Chamber Music Wilmington, to talk about
their love of classical music.
Many people in the area recognize Bob and Lucy as familiar faces at most classical music events around town. They are well-known arts supporters at the local, state and national level. We wanted to find out more about their introduction to classical music. Lucy made sure nibbles were available for everyone, including her large pack of furry, four legged entertainers.
Bob was happy to begin the conversation. He reminisced about growing up in Tacoma, Washington. “My earliest memories of classical music are of my parents dressing me up in a blue suit and clip-on bow tie and taking me to concerts at the Temple Theater. (Bob still enjoys wearing his bow ties). They wanted to expose me to classical music as the oldest of three children. I was only 8, my siblings were 3 and 2, but I was the “adult” in the group. The most interesting thing I remember was that I was so small, I had to sit on my knees in the seat to see the stage over the people in front of me.”
Barbara asked if his parents played classical music at home. “My parents didn’t really play recordings in the house, though my father did play violin in the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra. I learned to play the piano and clarinet and kept clarinet up through high school band for social reasons.”
Bob recalled the first time a classical piece spoke to him, “Oh yes! I’ll never forget it—Beethoven’s Fifth, I was 8 or maybe 10 and heard it performed by the Seattle Symphony. That opening made quite an impact! Da-da-da-DAAAAAA!”
Lucy’s love of classical music is very intertwined with the history of her family. Her father, a survivor of the Turkish slaughter of Armenians, had escaped to Palestine where he met and married Lucy’s mother, and Lucy was born in Palestine before it became Israel. Her earliest memories of classical music come from her young childhood—a four year old in Beirut, Lebanon where the family had taken residence. Their neighbor two doors down was a man who sang all day. Lucy chuckled, “The whole neighborhood
could hear him and I only learned much later that what he was singing was opera.” Lucy explained that the first classical music that really took her breath away was the music of Khachaturian- the Gayane Ballet Suite. “The first concert I think we went to as a family was in Amman, Jordan where an orchestra came
and we went because they were playing Khachaturian’s music.” (*Barbara’s note: you probably recognize the famous ‘Adagio’ from this Suite, even if you don’t know it by name, as it was used in
Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 Space Odyssey. Go have a listen!!)
A poignant memory, this touching music was especially meaningful to Lucy as Khachaturian, like her family, was Armenian. Music has the power to re-connect us with those intangible qualities like
‘belonging’ and ‘homeland’. Khachaturian’s music did that for Lucy’s family—-connected them with their ancestral homeland.
Lucy’s aunt played classical music in the home on the radio and that continued to influence her love of classical music. When Lucy was in sixth grade, her family immigrated to Chicago, where she took advantage of “free tickets for kids” and set off regularly on the train with her younger brother to Sunday afternoon performances at the Lyric Opera House and Chicago Symphony. As a high schooler, living on the North Side near Northwestern University, she took advantage of concerts at the University and heard a lot of chamber music. “A wonderful thing the school did at that time was give away free tickets for kids. I hope they still do.” Said Bob, “And that’s another reason why we support music and Chamber Music Wilmington—the children’s outreach.”
Among their many artistic interests and hobbies, Bob and Lucy are world travelers so it’s no wonder that one of the things Bob loves about chamber music is “time travel”. Bob says, “When I hear classical music, I like to imagine the music performed when it was written, in the setting. I imagine the homes where the pieces were performed, and the atmosphere—the intimate venues and candlelight.”
One of the most unforgettable performances was on their first trip together to Europe where they attended Aida at the Coliseum—-complete with elephants on stage!
Music has a way of bringing people together, inspiring us and touching our hearts, bringing us peace or excitement and giving us “other world’ type experiences. Please write to us at ChamberMusicWilmington@gmail.com, share YOUR earliest memory of classical music, and tell us what you love about it today. We’d love to hear from you!