In Tuesday’s (7/17) Sacramento Bee, Edward Ortiz reports on “a grass-roots movement in classical music called Classical Revolution. Hatched six years ago in San Francisco’s Mission District at a small bar called Revolution Cafe, the movement has spread to 30 active chapters in cities around the United States, Canada and Europe. Sacramento joined that roster last month when the first Classical Revolution concert was held in a courtyard in Old Sacramento. A crowd of mostly 20-somethings gathered to listen to chamber music in a setting more suited to an impromptu jazz jam session. … Musicians of the adventurous chamber group Citywater were prominent at that concert, including flutist Cathie Apple, violinist Charles Spruill IV and cellist Timothy Stanley. Stanley curated the evening’s musical activity, which included works by Philip Glass, Astor Piazzolla and Mozart. The local chapter of Classical Revolution owes its origin to fledgling cellist Skye Bergen.” Classical Revolution founder Charith Premawardhana “logs hundreds of road miles playing for several orchestras from Reno to Fresno. Along the way he has performed with the Sacramento Philharmonic. … His desire was to present classical music in an unexpected setting—where an appetizer or a glass of wine was as likely as Bach and Berio, and where classical music newbies were likely to chance upon chamber music for the first time.” Click here for more on Classical Revolution on SymphonyNOW.
Posted July 17, 2012