Sunday, November 9, 2014

A chamber manifesto

James Wilson, the cellist who serves as artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia, counters the doomsayers on the future of classical music, at least on the small scale of chamber music: “[A] quick glance around Richmond proves . . . that chamber music is thriving — besides CMSCVA you can find Classical Revolution RVA, Richmond Chamber Players, the Oberon Quartet and the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble.”

Their audiences are attracted by “the intensity of the music, and the thrill of sitting close to musicians tearing into it,” Wilson writes in the Richmond Times-Dispatch: