(see this week's ACE Weekly for the printed story :)
This week, the conversation continues here in the Bluegrass, when the UBS Chamber Music Festival of Lexington presents its 2009 edition, with concerts planned for Friday and Saturday evenings, August 28 and 29, and the popular Sunday family friendly event set for Sunday afternoon, August 30. The programs will again be presented at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion on Newtown Pike, with piano and violin master classes to be held in mid-week (and open rehearsal at Central Christian Church) free and open to the public. There will also be plenty of discussion concerning the locally commissioned work of art which will be prominently displayed to serve as the centerpiece for the event.
Lexington’s own virtuoso violinist Nathan Cole returns to serve as Artistic Director, joined by Akiko Tarumoto, violin; Burchard Tang, viola; Priscilla Lee, cello; and Alessio Bax, piano. Bax is the recent winner of a prestigious 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, awarded to talented instrumentalists judged to have great potential for solo careers. Past recipients of this high honor have included Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, and Gil Shaham.
“This year is going to be another exciting one for us! If you take a look at our website, www.chambermusiclex.com, you will see that we have a week packed full of great music. Of particular interest to Ace Weekly readers might be the "Setting the stage" program on Sunday afternoon. For this concert, our Artistic Director, Nathan Cole, will use the first half of the performance to dissect Elgar's Piano Quintet. In an exciting Multimedia presentation, audience members will have the opportunity to learn about Elgar the man, the historical context of the piece, and the intricacies of the music itself. On the second half, the work in its entirety will be performed.”
Centerpiece Artwork by Arturo Sandoval
Bill and Beverly Fortune will serve as Honorary Chairs of the festival this year, succeeding Don and Mira Ball. World-class fiber artist and well-known University of Kentucky professor Arturo Alonzo Sandoval has created a stunning original piece that will serve as the visual hallmark of this year’s festival called Millennium Quintet.
Sandoval is excited to be associated with the Chamber Music Festival, and states that his commissioned work was the result of a visit to his art studio a few years back. “Charles Stone, of Charles Stone Advisory Group, who organizes the event, was interested in a round art object and he recalled visiting my art studio two winters ago where he saw several round artworks in progress. He approached me with the idea and asked if I would consider creating the artwork for this year's event.” Although Sandoval has had an enduring and close association with UK and LexArts, this is his first time working with the chamber music organizers, and his hope is that this will be the first of many commissions for the Festival
The piece took three months of studio time to create, and Sandoval found his inspiration by looking to the heavens. “As my previous round artworks are inspired from planetary concepts, I decided to expand my MILLENNIUM PORTAL series to accommodate the commission objective. He finalized his ideas using his customary method. “Whenever I do a commission, I usually provide the client with at least three design possibilities. Charles Stone and Charles Thompson came by the studio and made the selection from the three in-progress artworks. The designs initially had just four planets each, but when it came to discussing the title of the piece, MILLENNIUM QUINTET, with these two gentlemen I found I had to include a fifth planet. How could I forget that the festival musicians are a quintet!?”
“The challenge was to include this fifth orb without disturbing the already balanced composition I created on each in-progress artwork. Ergo, I chose to add a fifth planet that was created from a lighter overall hue, and one that would recede in order for the balance to be maintained. Charles Stone was made aware of each change I added to the selected design in order to increase the contrast between the central area and the outer ring areas. Once the piece was finished, the two Charles met me at the South Hill Gallery frame shop to select the wood frame, color of matt, and type of glass to use for the final presentation. The final result is very pleasing, especially as low-reflective museum glass was used. This glass is designed to make the artwork look as if there is no glass at all separating the viewer from the artwork.”
Artist Arturo Sandoval’s description of the commissioned work:
Millennium: Quintet, 2009, 36" diameter framed, machine stitched/embroidered, and pieced, recycled paintings, netting, monofilament/color threads, rag paper, fabric backed, Velcro. Lexington Chamber Music Festival commission.
Schedule of Events - UBS Chamber Music Festival of Lexington - August 26-30, 2009