Rosebud Chamber Music Festival comes to Arts Academy

RCMF Three Hills 2017

Friday, August 4 saw the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival bring its 5th Annual program to the Three Hills Arts Academy.

The ensemble featured some of the Who’s Who of Canadian Musicians.

Keith Hamm, violist, organizes and recruits these musicians.

Arnold Choi, cellist, has been present previously.

Completing the number, there was Sheila Jaffé, violin; and Aaron Schwebel, also violin, and this year, for the first time, although Keith had been trying to get him for a few years, James T. Shields clarinetist.

The program took advantage of James Shields’ presence and included Mozart’s “Clarinet Quintet in A major K. 582, which they did in two segments, one to begin the program and one after the intermission.

For me, the centre piece was “The Dreams & Prayers of Isaac The Blind “, the work by a contemporary composer Osvaldo Golijov (b. 1960). In it James Shields switched from a B flat clarinet to an A or C and Bass Clarinet.

It was said of this piece that by the time they came to the end of it, it left them both exhausted and invigorated.

My own opinion, I would express as having listened to this by Golijov, which I had not heard of before, makes Mozart and Schumann sound “boring”.

The evening ended with the “String Quartet No. 3 in A major OP. 41 No 3, by Robert Schumann. Following the standing ovation, the musicians gave the “totally unexpected” encore which Keith referred to as a “fiddle tune”.

An appreciative audience of approximately 60 patrons enjoyed a full evening of music that began at 7:30 pm and ended at 10:20 pm.