The notion somehow persists that chamber music is the exclusive property of a coterie. Susceptible to conspiracy theories, I wonder whether this fabrication has been stealthily spread by enthusiasts looking to keep demand down and prices low. Happily, the audience for Sunday evening's marvelous Sommerfest program of music for strings and piano by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Fauré -- the first of only two chamber concerts in this year's festival -- was not deterred.
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Guest violinist Vadim Gluzman, playing a historic Stradivarius, showed virtuosity and velocity in Saturday's Tchaikovsky.
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The 2009-10 season finale featured Christian Zacharias playing and conducting.
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Keyboardist Layton "Skip" James is retiring after 41 years with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
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Folk songs figure large in music of Dvorak, Bartok and Stravinsky.
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All-Germanic program is by turns voluptuous, frenzied, passionate and glowing.
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Soprano Dawn Upshaw did not sing. Dennis Russell Davies did not conduct. But the show managed to go on.
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Guest percussionist plays his own concerto; orchestra sounds "phenomenal" in Mahler's Seventh.
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An international conference centered on the marimba brings concerts all over the Twin Cities.
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