South Beach Chamber Ensemble Presents: South Beach Up North

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Wausau’s 6th annual free chamber music festival 
(Wausau, WI) – South Beach Chamber Ensemble (SBCE) is excited to announce three free chamber music concerts and a live radio show this year. On July 22 we will perform the Elgar String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83. Sir Edward William Elgar (1857-1934) was an English composer, many of whose works have achieved enduring popularity. Although Elgar is often regarded as a quintessentially English composer, most of his musical influences were not from England but from continental Europe. It wasn’t until near the end of his life that he wrote a string quartet. At its premier it was noted, "this quartet, with its tremendous climaxes, curious refinements of dance-rhythms, and its perfect symmetry, is as perfect an example of chamber music as the great oratorios were of their type.” Performing will be Sarah Schreffler, violin-Phoenix, Sara Usher, violin-San Francisco, Dee Martz, viola-Stevens Point, and Michael Andrews, cello-Miami Beach. Cindy Blandino, double bass-Phoenix, and local musicians Katy Jiang, Marguerite Donnelly, Amber Garbe and Amy Raddatz will join us to perform music by Holst, Ireland, Vaughan Williams and Piazzolla. 
The July 23 concert in the Garden at the Yawkey House Museum will be an informal family affair. Bring a picnic, spread out your blanket and listen to great songs of the 20th century, from Gershwin and the Beatles to Astor Piazzolla, Jimi Hendrix and Lady Gaga. The Argentine Piazzolla (1921-1992) invented the nuevo tango, incorporating elements of jazz, extended harmonies and dissonance, counterpoint, and ventured into extended compositional forms. Piazzolla's fusion of tango with this wide range of other recognizable Western musical elements was so successful that it produced a new individual style transcending these influences. 
The festival closes at the Wausau Conservatory of Music on July 24 with the Joaquin Turina Piano Quartet in A minor, Op.67 and the Franz Limmer Piano Quintet in D minor, Op.13. Pianist Mara Beckman of the Wausau Conservatory of Music will join us. Turina was born in Seville, Spain, and studied in Paris where he met Debussy and Ravel. Much of his work shows the influence of traditional Andalusian music. Austrian composer Limmer (1808-1857) graduated from the Vienna Conservatory and worked most of his life in Timi.oara, Romania (then part of Hungary). His Grand Quintet is his most famous work. 
Support for South Beach Up North is provided in part by the Community Arts Grant Program of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, with funds provided by the Wisconsin Arts Board, a state agency, the Community Foundation and the B.A. and Esther Greenheck Foundation. 
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