About Bridge Chamber

Our 2017 Season Is Soon Approaching

Below you will find an overview of what we have planned for the 2017 season. More information will be added as available, along with updates on our Facebook page.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

2017 Events

Overview (repertory and performers subject to change)

  • Thursday August 17, 7:30 PM

    Festival Concert I (Urness Recital Hall)

    The Bridge Chamber Music Festival kicks off its 19th season with a program featuring the music and poetry of turn of the century Paris. Exploring both the art music (Gabriel Faure and Francis Poulenc) and jazz (as exemplified by Gypsy Jazz in the style of Django Reinhart and Stephane Grapelli) the program illuminates the commonalities between the two styles.

    Performers include Scott Anderson, former Principal Clarinet of the Honolulu Symphony, BCMF Artistic Director David Carter and Gustavus Adolphus pianist Esther Wang performing the haunting Trio in D minor by Gabriel Faure, and WindWorks performing with Augsburg pianist Jill Dawe. In cooperation with the Northfield Gypsy Jazz organization, BCMF presents guitarist Sam Miltich and violinist Gary Schulte, both stellar jazz performers. Commentary will be provided by Dr. Louis Epstein, a specialist in the era and Assistant Professor of Music at St. Olaf.

  • Sunday, August 20, 2 PM

    Young Artist Recital (Studio A, St. Olaf College)

    The Festival continues with the Young Artist Recital on Sunday August 20th. This audience favorite features talented young musicians from southern Minnesota,

  • Tuesday, August 22, 7:30 PM

    Festival Concert II (First UCC Church)

    The Festival next moves to consider American music and poetry from 1930-50. The Neoclassic style is exemplified by Samuel Barber's iconic String Quartet, and the rise of a jazzy cerebral quality in art music is exemplified by Walter Piston's 1st String Quartet, performed by Minnesota's own Artaria Quartet. The Dave Hagedorn Trio will perform works that trace the evolution of the bebop style of jazz, and the rise of beatnik poetry will be explored through readings by Philip Spensley.

  • Thursday, August 24, 7:30 PM

    Festival Concert III (First UCC Church)

    The Festival's next concert is an all-Russianb program that includes the renowned cellist Tanya Reminikova performing works by Stravinsky and Shostakovich. The program will conclude with Mihail Glinka's impressive Grand Sextet, performed by the Bridge Chamber Players joined by Minnesota Orchestra violinist Taichi Chen. The concert will be hosted by Marc Robinson, Professor of Russian at St. Olaf College.

  • Saturday, August 26, 7:30 PM

    Festival Concert IV (Urness Recital Hall)

    The festival continues with a program featuring a return of the Laura Caviani Trio. Joining Laura are jazz standouts Chris Bates, bass, and Dave Schmallenberger, drums. BCMF audiences are well acquainted with Laura's eloquent performances and eclectic programming.

  • Sunday, August 27, 7:30 PM

    Festival Concert V (Urness Recital Hall)

    The 19th BCMF concludes with a program featuring a return engagement by the Stone Arch Brass. This ensemble, comprised of first-call musicians from the Twin Cities, will perform a wide range of music for brass, ranging from arrangements of Baroque era works through Romantic and 20th century favorites. The Festival concludes with Dvorak's masterful Piano Quintet, performed by the Bridge Chamber Players, joined by pianist Esther Wang and former SPCO Assistant Concertmaster Leslie Shank.

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  Northfield, MN 55057
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