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CB Music Fest: Beethoven in Color
August 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm$40
Black + Beethoven Series:
Performer: Ivalas Quartet Program: Jesse Montgomery – Strum Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – “Fantasie-stücke” Op. 5 Beethoven – Op. 59, No. 2 in E Minor
Continuing their mission of representing musicians of all colors, the Ivalas Quartet blisteringly performs Beethoven’s greatest middle-period quartet (which includes perhaps Beethoven’s most beautiful slow movement) alongside works by two composers of color. The first composer, Jesse Montgomery,is amongst the most important young composers today; her work, “Starburst,” was performed at CBMF in 2017 with Tito Munoz leading the Crested Butte Festival Symphony. The second work is by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, the Romantic Afro-English composer. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear these great works! The Ivalas’ mission is to present and represent composers and musicians of color, and they do so with energy, thoughtfulness, and passion. Recently awarded first prize in the 2019 WDAV Young Artists Chamber Music Competition, the Ivalas Quartet also took first prize 2018 Briggs Chamber Music Competition and was named a semifinalist group at both the M-Prize competition and Concert Artists Guild competition in New York. The Ivalas was the 2018 Fellowship Quartet at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and in 2017 the group was named the Fellowship String Quartet at the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival. Ivalas’ members are from both the black and latinx communities and the group was formed with the intent to play a part in bringing greater visibility to musicians of color. They say, “We feel a strong responsibility to not only play with all of our hearts but to strive for the highest standard of playing in every performance and to be living proof of the power of diversity in all art forms.”