Chamber Music Festival on the Mountain Begins July 18

Chamber music in the mountains

The second annual Chamber Music on the Mountain will be held July 18-30 at Millar Lodge and Dining Hall in Mt. Sequoyah, as well as the Fayetteville Public Library, Thaden Performing Arts Center, Ozark Mountain Smokehouse and the Arkansas Arts Academy. It will feature a variety of performances by local and national classical and jazz artists. The Artistic Director of CMM is Department of Music Associate Professor of Piano Tomoko Kashiwagi.

The theme of the festival this year is “Music That Moves Us”, which Kashiwagi says is a story for every listener. The directory will include:

Arkansas Composers: Philip Parker, William Grant Still

Women Composers: Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Susan Mutter

Composers of Color: William Grant Still, Astor Piazzolla, Julio Doming and more

Ukrainian composer: Vasyl Barvinski

Piece commissioned by the performer: “Song of Survival” by Susan Mutter for Cory Mixdorf and his son, Meyer

Variety of styles:

Baroque – Telemann Recorder and Flute Concerto

Classical – Weber Clarinet Quintet, Domenico Dragonetti Waltzes

Romantic/Modern – “Concertino for flute, viola and bass” by Erwin Schuhoff; Vasyl Barvinski’s “Variations for Strings and Piano”; “A Night Piece” by Arthur Foote

Living Composers – William Bolcom, Ragtime; Mike Mower, Latin Sonata; Ellen Taaffe Zwillich, Quintet (a jazzy response to Schubert’s Trout Quintet); Philip Parker, Grooves and more

One of these pieces that is closest to Kashiwagi’s heart is that of the Ukrainian composer Vasyl Barvinsky (1888-1963). One of the first Ukrainian composers to gain international recognition with works published worldwide, he was director of the Lviv State Conservatory of Music, respected as a teacher, composer and pianist. In 1948 Barvinsky was exiled to a labor camp by the Soviet authorities and his music was publicly burned, but after his release Barvinsky returned to Lviv in 1958 and spent the rest of his life trying to recreate his works. lost, including a lot of memory. . Some works that had been published abroad have survived.

Kashiwagi obtained the piano score of his “Sextet for Piano and Five String Instruments” from the Ukrainian Scores Project. As she explains, this particular piece was an incredible labor of love.

“When I received the score of Vasyl Barvinsky’s Sextet from the Ukrainian Score Project, they just sent me the piano score. I commissioned another musician to type the string parts of the score so that we can perform this piece.

“After the CMM performance at the end of this month and all necessary corrections made, I plan to send the music to the Ukrainian Score Project and upload it to the International Music Score Library Project so that more people can play this piece.”

The play will be performed Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Arkansas Arts Academy and Saturday, July 30 at Mount Sequoyah Center Millar Lodge at 7 p.m. , so don’t miss this chance to hear this masterpiece!

Visit the CMM website at to find a list of concerts, events and artist biographies.

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