March 13, 2014

Go Columbia: Music on Main at Columbia Museum of Art

‘There are so many treasures to mine in Chamber music,’ notes director Edward Arron. ‘It’s remarkably diverse.’

There’s an old joke about Carnegie Hall that goes something like this: a tourist runs up to a police officer in New York City, and says, “Officer, tell me, how do I get to Carnegie Hall?’ To which the policeman replies, “Practice, practice, practice.”

Edward Arron knows all about that. Not only has the celebrated cellist performed at Carnegie Hall, he also has played at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, Tanglewood and at the Opening Night Gala of the Caramoor International Festival, where he played alongside cello virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma. Thursday, March 14, he will bring all that talent to the Midlands for the Columbia Museum of Art’s Chamber Music on Main concert. It’s the fourth of a five-concert series that concludes next month.

As you listen to the music, be sure to keep an eye on the musicians. Unlike the players in a full orchestra who have the benefit of a conductor to provide direction, chamber ensembles perform without a conductor. “The players have to communicate visually as they play, and it can get quite lively,” Arron said. “It’s actually more like watching jazz than an orchestral performance. We won’t be improvising tonight, but many chamber concerts do include room for it.” Arron also is particularly excited about the program, a diverse assemblage that includes a classic Rossini sonata as well as Bartok’s “Romanian Folk Dances” and a 20th century composition. “There are so many treasures to mine in Chamber music,” notes Arron. “It’s remarkably diverse.”

The concert will be held at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. A happy hour begins at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7. Tickets are $40, $30 for members and $5 for students. All seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Cash bar. Details: columbiamuseum.org.

Katie McElveen, special to The State


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