Talk to most longtime Columbians about what they like about the city and the cultural landscape is likely to come up. A wide range of performing acts come through Columbia each year, but one local performing arts series draws largely from local talent.
For 14 years, the Odyssey Chamber Music Series has provided a venue for professional musicians who happen to live in Columbia. (The series is also a sponsor of radio stations KBIA and Classical 90.5.)
The series' Artistic Director Ayako Tsuruta has recorded many of those chamber performances. In the run-up to an October 13 concert that launches Odyssey into their new season, we are broadcasting live highlights from the series. Starting September 7 and running through October 12, we will air the Odyssey Music Hour each Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m.
Show in the series will feature past performances of solo works, chamber music and art songs including:
Sept. 6/week 1: Selections from Ernest Chausson's Concerto for violin, piano and strings; David Heetderks' Pitchblende; and JS Bach's Cantata BWV 4: Chirts Lay in Death's Bonds.
Sept. 13/week 2: Selections include JS Bach's Concerto for Flute, Violin and Piano in A Minor; and Heitor Villa-Lobos Piano Trio No. 2.
Sept 20/week 3: Selections include Jacques Ibert's Entr'acte for Flute and Harp; The Akroplois Reed Quintet performances of Jesus is Coming and The Space Between Us; JS Bach's Cantata BWV 150; Sergei Prokofiev's Overture on Hebrew Themes; Johnny Appleseed Variations for piano and kazoo; and a series of Johann Strauss works for piano and voice.
Sept. 27/week 4: Selections include Camille Saint-Saens Fantasia for Violin and Harp; Maurice Ravel's Piano Trio in A Minor and Tzigane; JS Bach's Triple Concerto for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord; Asaf Peres Fun Fun Fun Fun, and Ton Ter Doest Circumuziek.
Oct. 4/week 5: Selections include Garrett Schumann's High Speed Rail; Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 4 for piano four hands; Casterede's Sonata in 3 Movements for trombone and piano; Ernest Chausson's Concerto for violin, piano and strings; and Andre Caplet's Legende.
Oct. 11/week 6: Selections from Paul Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice; Robert Schuman's Liederkreis; Akropolis Reed Quintet perform Sorrow and Celebration; and Jacques Ibert's Divertissment in 6 movements.
Listen for season one of the Odyssey Music Hour Thursday evenings at 6:00 on Classical 90.5.