New York to Grand Rapids: Art of the folk song

Thursday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m.
People like to say that classical music is dead, but I would argue, looking at the numbers from other cities that maybe it's just that our local perspective could use some infusion of the creative revolution of talent happening within one of the centers of culture: New York's Lincoln Center.
And not only could you prove me wrong by purchasing a ticket to this one-night-only event, but the arrival of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center musicians David Finckel, cellist, Benjamin Beilman, violin, Ani Kavafian, violin, Yura Lee, violin/viola and Paul Neubauer, viola to Grand Rapids is also a big deal.
St. Cecilia Music Center’s ability to book such talent here furthers their mission of providing space for the study, appreciation, and performance of music in order to enrich our lives here in West Michigan. This new program should really connect with our singer/songwriters, musicians and music fans alike, as the night's selections will feature a smashing new program addressing folk music's influence on the classical.
The pieces slated to be performed include Dvorák’s Quintet in E-flat major for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello, Op. 97, “The American” (1893), Brahms’ Quintet in G major for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello, Op. 111 (1890), and Kodály’s Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 12 (1919-20).
What is truly amazing is that this series of classical music is one of the most sought-after tickets in NY, where the program will be performed before arriving here. I just hope you understand what a big deal it is to have this Lincoln Center connection in our city. If not, there is always the monster truck pull that we can bring back to the arena and let the de-evolution continue. (See Idiocracy.)
Admission: $35 – 40 with student ticket available at the box office.
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