Chamber music is a hard sell. It’s an art form with roots in class divide, in which small groups of musicians gathered in salons for intimate performances benefiting the upper echelon. Add contemporary applications of the form through experimentation with specialized instruments and you get a performance that feels a little austere. YBCA and local groups endeavor to right chamber music’s poor reputation with Chamber Music Day 2012. This event invites visitors to learn about the extraordinary range of ensembles in and around the Bay Area, offering musicians, local organizations, and audiences the unique opportunity of gathering in an intimate setting to enjoy music in its most elemental state. Performances run in half-hour segments and in styles such as baroque, classical, contemporary, world music, improvisation, and jazz. The event features 24 professional ensembles and local flavors, including S.F. State Creative World Ensemble, The Living Earth Show, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. A Young Artists and Work Lounge showcases the next generation of chamber music artists. The event also presents a live cinema series, “Mission Eye & Ear,” in which experimental filmmakers and chamber music orgs team up to create new short films and musical work. Whether you're a first-timer or enthusiast, enjoy chamber music as it was always intended, in an accessible and genuine setting.
Sun., Nov. 18, noon, 2012