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Trio unites for avant-garde chamber music concert

By Autumn D. F. Hopkins

WANT TO GO? 

"Music Among Friends"

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Kanawha United Presbyterian,Church, 1009 Virginia St. E.

TICKETS: Adults $10, students $3

INFO: 304-344-5389 or www.charlestonchambermusic.org

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Lindsey Goodman, principal flutist of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, will join with WVSO principal timpanist Scott Christian and Anne Waltner for a special FestivALL concert Monday. They will perform the late Morton Feldman's "Crippled Symmetry" in "Music Among Friends," presented by the Charleston Chamber Music Society.

"This is actually only the fourth time we've played together," Goodman said. "It started as sort of a pick-up group because there was a specific piece we wanted to play.

"We enjoyed the experience of playing together so much that this season we kept seeking out opportunities to play together. Now we're at the point where this needs to be not just a sometimes thing, this needs to be an actual group. So starting with next season, we're going to make a go of an actual trio."     

Their choice of music, Feldman's "Crippled Symmetry," offers an avant-garde approach to composition. Each instrument has a written part, but the entrances into the performance are at the discretion of the artist. This ensures that no two performances are ever exactly alike.

Goodman said, "There is a score, but it is in no way synchronized. The only directions Feldman gives are that everyone start together and that everyone play in the same tempo."

The concert will also offer audience members the chance to experience some more novel musical instruments.

"When people think about chamber music, they think of a string quartet or a piano trio, a really traditional chamber grouping," Goodman said. "This is not that kind of music. This is a very different chamber music experience."

 The musicians will play such things as a celeste (sometimes called a celesta), a glockenspiel and a vibraphone as well as some more common instruments like the flute and piano.

Goodman said that for the casual music listener this is a great way to experience chamber music for the first time.

"To me, this is a very true chamber music experience. Chamber music is about people coming together in a small space and having music that is intimate.

"And that is what this music is. It is intimate music that hangs in the space like a painting hangs in a room. It fills up the space between the players and audience members, and it connects us all together in a very unique way." Reach Autumn D.F. Hopkins at autumn.hopkins@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.


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