Music For Flute and Strings

“If some of our works are symphonies, then wrapped walkways was chamber music” said artist, Christo Vladimirov Javacheff. Through quartets and quintets, The Chamber Music Society of Colombo will perform at the Goethe-Institut on the 15th of June from 07:00PM to 08:15PM. Indulge in the symphonies and pinnacles of chamber music. Here’s why you should go:

Ever witnessed the Flute Quartets by Quartets of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Anton Schubert and the Flute Quintet by Amy Beach? The Chamber Music Society of Colombo, along with the Goethe-Institut present to you ‘Music For Flutes and Strings’ by their principal players. The line-up will include Mozart’s Flute Quartets - no. 1 in D major, K. 286, no. 2 in G major, K. 285a, no. 3 in C major, K. 285b; Schubert’s Flute Quartet in G major, Op. 4 and Amy Beach’s Flute Quintet. A quartet or a quintet is a term used by a chamber music group to describe an ensemble of music that is produced from the same family – for example, a flute quartet will involve a flute, a violin, a viola and a cello. This type of chamber music is said to have reached its pinnacle during the middle of the 18th century, which then followed a series of new works with a fluctuating peak in popularity.

The Chamber Music Society of Colombo is a dynamic platform that produces exciting new interpretations of the classics, and exists as a supporter for the politically and culturally explosive music of modern Sri Lanka and South Asia. This organization was first built in 2001 on the idea to form a chamber music ensemble unique to the country and region among a few passionate classically trained musicians. This dream was achieved in 2008 when they performed their first inaugural concert at Temple Tree under artistic director, and mastermind musician Lakshman Joseph-de Saram. Established as one of the best run and critically acclaimed arts organizations, the Chamber Music Society has productions in western classical music and also new music of Sri Lanka. The Society has sold out many concerts featuring music from all era and configurations, from instrumental duos to operas and comprises many gifted individuals with international experience.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe described chamber music as "four rational people conversing", this hypothesis points to how each instrument responds and replies to each other, causing a symphonic sequence, creating a composition through conversation between artists and their weaving of music. The Chamber Music Society of Colombo produces ‘Music for Flutes and Strings’ with professional musicians – artists who skilfully converse with their instruments, including Lakshman Joseph-de Saram on violin, Surekha Amarasinghe on flute, Ursula Nelius on violin, Othman H. Majid on viola, Saranga A Cooray on cello, and Nilanthi Weerakoon on double bass. Witness this unique succession of melodies and harmonies through flutes and strings, listen as the carefully scripted notes clash in intimate languages – come watch the Chamber Music Society of Colombo at Goethe Institut.

The music to be played at the concert was composed by three celebrated musicians, Mozart, Schubert and Amy Beach and while you may already know these prolific artists, here’s a little insight: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, you must already know, was an influential composer of the classical era. Mozart composed more than 600 works, almost all of which have been recognized as having ascended points of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. Among the most prominent classical composers, his profound influence in Western art music even inspired Ludwig van Beethoven’s music, whose early works were composed in the shadows of Mozart; Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras. Schubert left behind a vast legacy, including more than 600 secular vocal works, seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of piano and chamber music. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the 19th century, and his music continues to be popular; Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American composer and pianist, was the first successful American female composer of large-scale art music. Her "Gaelic" Symphony, premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896, was the first symphony composed and published by an American woman. Amy was one of the first American women to excel without European training and became one of the most respected and admired composers of her era.

The Goethe-Institut the space that will host the Chamber Music Society of Colombo, is a renowned institution, gracing Sri Lanka with its presence, promoting knowledge of the German language and fostering international cultural cooperation. The institute is always a supporter of several cultural meetings such as conferences, lectures, readings, discussions, film demonstrations (and seminars), art exhibitions, theatre productions, dancing workshops and concerts – anything that’s German and continues to nurture German culture, bringing awareness to its values and educating locals and internationals through their courses and programs, and provides a platform for technical advanced training of all German teachers of the country. Conveying a comprehensive image of Germany and its cultural, social and political life in our nation; encouraging and exchanging intercultural dialogue and enabling cultural involvement while strengthening the development of structures in civil society and fostering worldwide mobility.

Prepare to be swept off your feet – dive in to instrumental tunes and euphonic melodies with The Chamber Music Society of Colombo because this will be an event of a lifetime. Tickets will be priced at 1000 LKR, and contact +94-11-2694562 / +94-11-4712636 or culture-colombo@goethe.de for more information.

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