A Note from the Music Director

December 2021 

This past summer, as we looked towards the 2021-2022 season, we had hoped to be able to present at least one live in-person concert at our lovely venue in Riverdale, the sanctuary of CSAIR. Sadly, as our series is based on the close bond, the immediacy and vibrant connection, between the musicians and the audience, it has become clear that at this time we cannot plan for such a gathering in our intimate space.

But as so many musicians have not been able to perform with colleagues over the past 18-plus months, we have all delved deeper into the solo repertoire for our own instruments. The heart of this repertoire for solo violin is the set of six sonatas and partitas composed by J.S. Bach. Brahms wrote of the Chaconne from the Partita #2, “On a single staff, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and the most powerful feelings.” This fall I taught an online course through the University of Denver, A Performer’s Exploration of Bach’s Six Masterpieces for Solo Violin, and I am delighted to offer an adaptation of this course on Zoom to our Intimate Voices community this January, free to all.

Please save the dates: Saturday evenings, January 15, 22, 29 at 8 pm EST. Each of the three 2-hour evenings will include live demonstrations, a live performance, Q&A, and conversation. We will delve into many topics, such as the structure of the pieces, the violinistic techniques they demand, and the evolution of how they have been interpreted and performed, always with the goal of illuminating how all these aspects, and many more, affect how audiences and performers experience these amazing works.

 

For more details, click here. Registration for these live programs on Zoom is required but one registration will cover all three evenings. Please join us for any one, two, or all of the evenings! For registration information, please write to info@intimatevoices.org

In addition to this online program, we are continuing to be in touch with area nursing homes and the VA Medical Center in hopes of visiting them and bringing live music as soon as they open for in-person donated events. And we hope to bring music to an area special-needs pre-school, hopefully in person later this spring, or over Zoom as we did in last season during the first winter of Covid.

I look forward to "seeing" you in January, from my home to yours!

-Sheila

 
March 2020 Note from the Music Director

As we near the end of Season 11, we thank all our wonderful audience members and supporters! On February 29 we presented the third and final Saturday evening concert of the season, complete with our annual wine-tasting generously donated by Skyview Wine & Spirits. We have been especially moved by the comments we have received in reaction to the works we included in observance of the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2. Please click here to see the program and the program booklet with program notes.

We are rounding out the season with our Community Outreach events. On Sunday March 1 we presented our annual sensory/autism-friendly Family Program at CSAIR, exploring selections of great music with a diverse and delightful group of families. And the next day we played for seven classes of special-needs preschoolers, who sang, clapped and danced along with a wide range of wonderful music from Twinkle Twinkle to the classical!  We look forward to our visits, which we hope will be possible later in the spring, to several area nursing homes and the VA Medical Center. These programs are presented free of charge to all, thanks to warm support from individuals, local merchants and our generous sponsor, NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital.

If you have not already done so, please consider supporting us as a Friend of Intimate Voices at any time. Click here for information on how to donate.

 

We are now looking ahead to next season, planning once again to share new and seldom played pieces as well as beloved masterpieces of the repertory. Please do write us at info@intimatevoices.org with any suggestions or comments. We love hearing from you.

 

Check back here in the early summer for news of Season 12!

Covid-19 changed our lives just after the note below was written. During the lockdown and into the summer, we reached out to all with 13 weeks of live music on Zoom. And in winter 2021, we presented 3 live concerts over Zoom, from our homes to yours. For details, please click here.