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da Camera Concerts

Drew University’s da Camera Concerts professional concert series presents high quality music from intimate genres appropriate to the spectacularly delicate acoustics of our Concert Hall, performed by professional artists. These professional artists are drawn to the Concert Hall for its acoustics and have all recorded CDs in the hall. It is from these recording sessions that the performances you hear are drawn. All concerts begin at 8:00 pm with a pre concert conversation with the artists at 7:15 pm.

2019-2020 Season

Bridget Kibbey, Harp

Counterpoint in Motion

According to the New York Times, harpist Bridget Kibbey “... makes it seems as though the instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the energetic figures and gorgeous colors she was getting from it.” Bridget brings a unique program of harp music that takes the listener on a journey through the decades. This program is a romp through the evolving sound of the harp—Renaissance Merulo; Baroque Bach; Romantic Chopin & Dvorak; 20th Century Britten & Paquito d’Rivera; to 21st Century Barros/Meza from Colombia. Called the “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp,” by Vogue’s Senior Editor Corey Seymour, Bridget Kibbey is a winner of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, a Salon de Virtuosi SONY Recording Grant, the only harpist to win a place in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program, and the Juilliard School’s Peter Mennin Prize for Artistic Excellence and Leadership. Bridget has fast gained a reputation for her diverse, energetic programming that spans the baroque, French Masterworks, and rhythmic migration in South America.

Quicksilver Ensemble

FANTASTICUS: Extravagant and Virtuosic Music from 17th-century Germany

The seventeenth century in Germany was a time of incredible upheaval: wars of religion and politics swept the land, bringing famine and plague in their wake and an ongoing state of crisis. The chamber music of the time reflects this fraught, unpredictable cultural climate. Inspired by the experimental works of Italian composers, the virtuosos working in Germany explored the sonata as an abstract form of wordless conversation in music giving composers free reign to do whatever their imagination suggested, delighting and astonishing the listener. “They described this as the Stylus Fantasticus. In the words of mathematician Athanasius Kirchner, it was “instituted to display genius.” This concert features music by Weckmann, Buxtehude, Kerll, Vierdanck, Bertali and Schmeltzer.

Amy Yang, Piano

Contrasts

Amy Yang, hailed by the Washington Post as a “jaw-dropping pianist who [steals] the show ... with effortless finesse,” returns to Drew with an impressive repetoire and skill. The 19th century was the age of the solo piano, and this program of mostly Romantic piano music promises a stunning performance. The exception is Avner Dorman’s (2014) three intermezzi “After Brahms”, written in reaction to Brahms’ own Three intermezzi of 1892. By programming Brahms’ and Dorman’s respective movements side-by-side rather than in sets, Ms. Yang provides a rare opportunity to compare and contrast their musical materials and expressions. The program also features shorter works — waltzes by Delibes and Sibelius, and a Brahms Hungarian Dance — as well as Schumann’s Op. 20 delightful Humoreske suite. Enjoy this glimpse into the various ideas and compositional approaches for the piano of the late 19th century.