After a deeply fulfilling Civic Orchestra residency at DePauw University, the fellows have been focusing on chamber music. We had our debut chamber concert on October 9th at Buntrock Hall, in which we performed the outer movements of Schubert’s Quintet in C Major, D. 956, Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, Op. 100, and Stravinsky’s Suite from L’Histoire du Soldat. Spending time in more intimate groups and working closely on truly outstanding chamber repertoire was a wonderful way to begin the season!
On October 14th, we participated in a professional development session offered by The People’s Music School, at which we serve on the teaching faculty. The guest speaker, Reginald Harris, presented on trauma-informed instruction. As a teacher and social worker, he encouraged us to be sensitive teachers; to engage and empathize with our students while responding to their needs.
On October 17th, some of the fellows had the unique opportunity to attend a master class given by the celebrated soprano and musical ambassador Renée Fleming, where she worked with singers of Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center. Our bassoon fellow, Midori, described it as the best class she has ever seen, saying that “everything Ms. Fleming said during the class could be applied to not just any musician, but any art form.”
In this month’s culminating chamber music event, on October 20th we returned to the Zhou B Art Center to perform as part of their 3rd Friday Exhibitions. We performed some of the music from our first chamber concert and invited other Civic members to join us to play Mozart’s Serenade in E-Flat Major, K. 375 and selections from Mendelssohn’s Octet in Eb Major, Op. 20. It was fun to perform in such a different setting, while people were exploring a wide variety of art, having drinks and meeting friends.
By Maria Arrua, second year Civic Violin and Fellow