Cooler weather and darker evenings lend themselves to introspection, and there is no more introspective genre of music than chamber music. The Friends of Chamber Music has several concerts to add profundity to the autumn season.
Pianist Vladimir Feltsman will start things off with a recital on Sept. 27. It’s a nicely balanced program of the classical and
romantic with works by Franz Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Franz Liszt and Alexander Scriabin. Of special note is Liszt’s “Blessing of God in Solitude,” a dreamy, spellbinding meditation for piano.
If dressing up as a ghoul to beg for candy corn isn’t your trick or treat bag, Friends has another option for Halloween. On Oct. 31 at the Folly Theater, Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI (with guest musicians) will take you on a journey to medieval Istanbul.
Savall, perhaps the world’s greatest viola da gamba player, continually seeks out the roots of European music, and this search often takes him to non-European cultures. His Istanbul program is in two parts, “Blood and Honey: The Cycles of
Life in the Mosaic of Christians” and “Sephardic Jews and Muslims of the Balkans.”
Savall and his superb band of period instrument musicians will celebrate the music of the various ethnic groups that live in the Balkan peninsula. This is certain to be one of the most important concerts of the season.
Friends also will offer two early music vocal ensembles, one making its Kansas City debut and the other an old favorite. Blue Heron, which specializes in Renaissance polyphony, has been around since 1999, but the group will visit Kansas City for the first time on Oct. 12 to perform music from 16th-century England.
As a respite to the shopping frenzy and other holiday stresses, the Tallis Scholars led by Peter Phillips will perform an
otherworldly Christmas concert Dec. 13 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. On the program is music by the great Spanish Renaissance composer Tomas Luis de Victoria and motets by the 19th-century Austrian Anton Bruckner.
The Friends has been presenting these holiday concerts by the Tallis Scholars off and on through the years, and they’re always most welcome.
Information: 816-561-9999 or chambermusic.org
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