(Des Moines, IA) Civic Music Association will join thousands of musicians and hundreds of concert presenters across the country this May in celebrating National Chamber Music Month.
Civic Music Association’s May 31st opening concert of the Belin Quartet’s 2013 FREE Summer Concert Series at the Downtown Library Lawn will be part of a nationwide initiative to raise public awareness of the many styles of small ensemble music performed and presented today. The month-long series of performances, residencies, pre- and post-concert discussions, and other chamber music events will showcase ensemble music of all styles, including early, classical, jazz, and world music. Last year, participation spanned all fifty states and featured both well-established and emerging ensembles.
Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals and the organization behind National Chamber Music Month, has encouraged ensembles and presenters to utilize this month to increase public awareness of chamber music and to attract new audiences within their own communities.
Chamber Music America defines chamber music as works for small ensembles of 2–10 members, playing one to a part and generally performing without a conductor.
“Chamber music is a vibrant and diverse field,” said Margaret M. Lioi, CEO of Chamber Music America. “It includes contemporary music, jazz, world music, Western classical, and styles that draw from all of these. National Chamber Music Month will showcase the richness of chamber music through performances in urban and rural areas across the country, and we are thrilled that so many presenters and ensembles are participating.”
For information on other performances taking place across the country during National Chamber Music Month, visit www.chamber-music.org. For a complete schedule of the 2013 Belin Quartet Summer Series, visit www.civicmusic.org