Innovative chamber music in Carmel.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
TAGI is the third chamber ensemble Chamber Music Monterey Bay brings to Sunset Center stage for its 2008-09 season. While the season opening performance by the Guarneri String Quartet marked that storied group’s final tour, TAGI is just getting started.
Clarinetist Igor Begelman, pianist Tatiana Goncharova, cellist Sophie Shao and violinist Grigory Kalinovsky play in arrangements of trios, duets and solos in a repertoire which ranges from Tchaikovsky and Brahms to contemporary satirical composer Peter Schickele, worship music composer David Winkler and enigmatic Russian composer/pianist Lera Auerbach.
Their Carmel program includes Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat, Brahms’ Clarinet Trio Op. 114, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Prelude No. 24.
Kalinovsky and Goncharova’s recording of Shostakovich’s Violin Sonata and Twenty-four Preludes for violin and piano was praised by the composer’s son as a “must-have.”
All the members teach – at Juilliard, Yale, the Manhattan School of Music – as part of a two-pronged approach to keeping classical music alive and thriving. The other part is making outstanding classical music accessible for audiences. The upcoming Sunset Center performance is preceded by a lecture by Jean Widaman, Ph.D, offers a Kids Up Front & Free! program for students in grades 4-12, and is rebroadcast by KUSP 88.9 FM.
TAGI perform at the Sunset Cultural Center 8pm Friday (7:30pm lecture), at San Carlos and Ninth, Carmel. $29-$52. 625-2212, www.chambermusicmontereybay.org