Chatter Sunday (formerly Church of Beethoven)

Event Details

Chatter Sunday (formerly Church of Beethoven)

Time: March 30, 2014 from 10:30am to 10:30am
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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Copland Quiet City

The centerpiece of Chatter's March 30th program will be a performance of the rarely heard original version of Aaron Copland's “Quiet City.” More widely known in it's orchestral version, the material for Quiet City was originally conceived as incidental music for a play of the same name by the prolific American playwright, Irwin Shaw. The play was a flop, and Copland's manuscript, scored for clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), Saxophone, Trumpet, and Piano, was neglected until the 21st century.


Thanks to the recent work of composer and saxophonist, Christopher Brellochs, a performing version of Copland's original score and instrumentation has been reconstructed. The leaner and more diverse instrumentation of the chamber version of Quiet City invites listeners to hear the work fresh ears.


Also on the program is Copland's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1942/43). Dedicated to the memory the Lieutenant Harry H. Dunham, a friend of the composer's who was shot down during World War II, the Sonata is dominated by a reflective and introspective atmosphere. 


As a break from the Americana of Copland, Chatter will perform Webern's concise and austere Quartet Op. 22. Scored for Violin, Saxophone, Clarinet, and Piano, this work is an example of what one might refer to as musical "pointillism".


This week the spoken word portion of the program will be presented by Hakim Bellamy. As the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, NM (2012-2014), Hakim Bellamy is a national and regional Poetry Slam Champion, and holds three consecutive collegiate poetry slam titles at the University of New Mexico. His poetry has been published in Albuquerque inner-city buses and numerous anthologies. Bellamy has been named “Best Poet” in the Weekly Alibi's annual Best of Burque poll every year since 2010. He is the co-creator of the multimedia Hip Hop theater production Urban Verbs: Hip-Hop Conservatory & Theater that has been staged throughout the country. He facilitates youth writing workshops for schools and community organizations in New Mexico and beyond.

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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