Classical music fans will have their choice of performances Sunday, as wind quintet WindSync and Chamber Music on the Hill host concerts in Westminster.
Both shows will begin at 3 p.m., with the WindSync concert occurring at Westminster High School and the Chamber Music on the Hill concert taking place at the Forum of the Decker Student Center at McDaniel College.
Chamber Music on the Hill, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, will present a concert titled European Musical Alliance, featuring pianist David Krieder and cellist Maxim Kozlov. The duo will perform works by Beethoven, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Cesar Franck and Alexander Glazunov.
"When you're planning a program like this, you want to pick pieces that compliment each other, and at the same time, there must be enough contrast between the fast pieces and slower ones," Krieder said. "You also want to present compositions from different periods in history to give people a well-rounded performance."
Because Kozlov is originally from Russia, Krieder said he decided to choose a piece from Rachmaninoff, one of his favorite Russian composers.
"Rachmaninoff was initially appreciated more as a pianist, but as the years went by people began to discover and enjoy his work as a composer," Krieder said. "There's a wonderful sense of melody and it's very difficult; but once you've mastered it, it's absolutely beautiful. It's music that's very accessible and music that's easy to listen to and easy to like."
Chamber Music on the Hill began in 1990 under the auspices of the Carroll County Arts Council, though soon after, they struck out on their own. Krieder said they aim to share classical music with the community.
"First of all, we make it very accessible for people to come and see us. We're right here in Westminster, and we're all high-quality professional musicians," Krieder said. "There's a great deal of very wonderful music written by classical composers that otherwise would not be heard if groups like us didn't perform."
Across town, the Houston-based wind quintet WindSync will perform a selection of folk, Americana and classical pieces. Bassoonist Tracy Jacobson said the group tries to bring a sense of liveliness and fun to musical genres that people might not be as familiar with.
"We perform standing and from memory, and the songs are mostly our original arrangements," Jacobson said. "We like to incorporate elements of choreography and directly engage with the audience. We try and do anything we can to make it fun."
In the past, WindSync has performed at the Chautauqua Institution and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
"The thing about wind instruments is that we have to use our air to make the sounds, and that makes it kind of like the human voice," Jacobson said. "Each instrument creates a different sound, but it's all unified by the breath that we all have, and all of the individual sounds compliment each other to create the sound."
For this concert, Jacobson said they will perform more folk music than they are used to.
"We selected music that made sense with the places we were visiting," Jacobson said. "Music is one of the most direct ways we can converse with others. We want to take advantage and perform things we're connected to, emotionally, and really get involved in the music itself."
In addition to performing, WindSync raises funds to support early music education endeavors. Jacobson said learning music early can be vital to a child's development.
"Classical music is one of the most important things that children can encounter," Jacobson said. "When you're young, you learn so much from experiencing these instruments and the ways the musicians work together to create music."
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If You Go
What: European Musical Alliance
When: 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: The Forum, Decker Student Center, McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster
Cost: $15 general admission; $10 seniors 60 and older, and veterans. Children and students free.
For more information: Visit http://www.mcdaniel.edu/cmoth or call 410-456-9671.
When: 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road, Westminster
Cost: $25 adults, $10 students.
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