We've been joking about naming our series the “Crisis Concerts” — we sure have been weathering a lot of storms, with COVID-19 and quarantine and protests and curfews! Our “concerts” are going strong, though. Remember, the musicians aren’t rehearsing or preparing, just exploring incredible masterworks of chamber music repertoire along with you, sight-reading on the spot. So they’re reluctant to call them real concerts, just musical experiences — ones we all need right now, just to feel something beautiful. It’s such a fun ride for the musicians! And all of your encouraging feedback has been really helpful.
Last week, the quartet played Haydn’s Opus 64 no. 5 (nicknamed “The Lark”) to start the program, and then read through Dvorak’s “American” String Quartet. They finished off with Beethoven, Opus 18 No. 3. Quite a handful! They had a blast!
We’ve been in touch with Our House Grief Support Center — they’re thrilled that we’ve started this project! We’ve raised over $1700 so far, due to our audience’s incredible generosity. That’s a truly amazing sum of money for Our House: this money will help so many — even $50 can sponsor a grieving child or teenager who can’t afford counseling during this pandemic! As you can imagine, so many kids need a helping hand when dealing with loss (especially now when they can’t turn to their friends due to social distancing), and your support is helping to make that possible. THANK YOU.