One of my dear friends invited me to partake in an evening of culture – and to celebrate her birthday – hosted by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Young Audience Council.
The event was held at the Meulensteen Gallery who provided a special preview of Katayoun Vaziri: Yeki Bud, Yeki Nabud. The show’s title comes from the traditional opening lines of Persian fairytales, which is Farsi for “one was, one was not.” The exhibition looked at media images of unrest throughout the world in drawings and painting. It also included a video projection of a drawing of the artist in conversation with President Obama. It was very topical though not extraordinarily intriguing because those images are so saturated in our culture.
As everyone settled into their seats for the concert, Executive Director of CMS, Norma Hurlburt introduced the musicians, Kristin Lee on violin, Pierre Lapointe on viola, and Nicholas Canellakis on cello. The musicians played two pieces, Bohuslav Martinu’s (1890-1959) Duo No. 2 for Violin and Cello, H. 371 (1958) and Erno Dohnanyi’s (1877-1960) Serande in C major for Violin, Viola and Cello, Op 10 (1902).
Having not heard much chamber music, I can tell you that the pieces were very rich and interesting. My favorite part was being so close to the musicians, seeing how they interacted with each other and actually seeing how the sounds were made. It was all very conversation-like.
All in all, I enjoyed the evening with the unique opportunity to listen to chamber music downtown.