Teachers College Chamber Music Recital

The week before winter break brought the recital of Teachers College’s Chamber Music class under the direction of Dr. Dwight Manning.  Held in Milbank Chapel December 14th, 2010, the recital was an intimate experience with works in different styles and ensembles one might not expect to hear from classical chamber music.

The chamber music ensemble consisted of an interesting collection of musicians, including vocalists, a guitarist, flautist, violinists.  It was evident from attendance of the recital, “the course advocates a passion for collaborative chamber music; a commitment to diverse membership and literature.”

While performing many standard classical works including excerpts from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, works by Bozza, and John Dowland, the ensembles played a few tangos, cabaret songs, and trios for flute, violin, and guitar by Joseph Kreutzer.  Also included was an arrangement by Dr. Manning of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Pie Jesu from Requiem for the entire ensemble to conclude the recital.

The program was completely compiled by the class.  Along with short program notes, the program nicely included short bios of all of the performers for the recital. We also got to learn the class participated in collective improvisation and explored other chamber music aside from what was on the program.

Congratulations to the participants of the Chamber Music Recital!  Fantastic job!