Chatter Sunday (formerly Church of Beethoven)

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Chatter Sunday (formerly Church of Beethoven)

Time: March 16, 2014 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: Factory on 5th, The Kosmos
Street: 1715 5th St NW
City/Town: Albuquerque
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Event Type: music, and, spoken, word
Organized By: E Cline
Latest Activity: Feb 12, 2014

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Ravel and Dahl

This week’s performance is all about economy. Not in the financial sense, but with regard to the pursuit of getting a lot from a little, and our program featuring works of Maurice Ravel and Ingolf Dahl accomplishes just that.


The music of Maurice Ravel, along with that of Claude Debussy, is often referred to as "impressionistic,” a nod to a similar classification which was being applied to visual artists such as Monet and Degas in the second half of the 20th Century. Labels are always tricky, and much like their colleagues in the visual arts, Debussy and Ravel weren't necessarily thrilled with the term "impressionism.” Ravel in particular is known to be an incredibly careful and even thrifty composer—in his music, not a single note is wasted. This is certainly the case in his “Sonata for Violin and Cello.” With the absence of the piano, this work relies on precise and lean counterpoint to create excitement and variety, and employs a broad palette of harmonic flavors and instrumental colors to create depth. Husband and wife team Megan and James Holland (violin and cello, respectively) combine their considerable powers for this performance.


Also on the program: the Hollands will be joined by Chatter Artistic Director and Clarinetist, James Shields, in a performance of Ingolf Dahl's “Concerto à Tre.” Scored for Clarinet, Violin, and Cello; this simple and charming work is all too rarely heard. Born in Germany in 1912, Dahl emigrated to Los Angeles in 1939, where he had a diverse and varied career as a performer, conductor, arranger, and composer. Completed in 1947, the “Concerto à Tre” is a surprisingly substantial work, and contains passages of virtuosic fantasy as well as pastoral simplicity. One wonders if Dahl's musical taste had been influenced by his time in America, as listeners may hear hints of Copland and perhaps Irving Fine mingled in with his European aesthetic up-bringing.


This week, the spoken word portion of the program will be presented by Michelle Otero. A writer, actor, and teacher, Otero is the author of “Malinche's Daughter,” an essay collection based on her work with women survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as a Fulbright Fellow in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her work has appeared in New Mexico Magazine, Brevity, Puerto del Sol, and other literary journals. She is member of the Macondo Writers' Workshop. A tenth-generation New Mexican, she is Creative Director of Valle Encantado, an organization promoting sustainable development initiatives in Albuquerque's Atrisco neighborhood.



Chatter Sunday Admission prices are $15 regular, $9 for those under 30, and $5 for children under 12, available at the door. The Frequent Attender Pass gives patrons 11 admissions for the price of 10 and can be purchased at the Chatter website,

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