They finish each other’s sentences, completing a string of shared thoughts through quick jabbering, as if it was effortless.
At 2 p.m. today, 10 School of Music violists will take the floor in McKnight Hall and showcase their talents — their soloist talents, that is. The third annual viola recital, which will give students a chance to practice a very different repertoire and will boast composers such as Franck, Schumann and Shostakovich, benefits the Chautauqua Women’s Club Scholarship Fund.
A key component in making music is spending countless hours in a practice room, improving. But those hours pass quickly when spent with beloved colleagues.
The Music School Festival Orchestra has a reputation for transforming the Amphitheater into a classical music powerhouse. An army of 70 musicians made up of strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion take charge Monday evenings with sounds that dazzle audiences.
In a family of big players, it can be hard for the viola to find its shine. While smaller than its elder sibling, the cello, and often confused with its almost-homonym little sibling, the violin, the viola still plays a vital part in orchestra.
At 2 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, violinist Jacques Israelievitch, violist Caroline Coade, cellist Arie Lipsky and pianist Kanae Matsumoto — faculty members and accomplished musicians in their own right — will blend their skills together in the Faculty Artist Chamber Concert.
The 10 School of Music students who play the viola will perform in a recital at 2 p.m. today in McKnight Hall. Several students’ pieces will be accompanied by piano.
Have you seen Caroline Coade lately?
Neither have her viola students, because for the past three weeks, she has been at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine.
But have no fear, Coade is here, and she will teach a viola master class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in McKnight Hall.
“The viola is the Cinderella instrument of the orchestra,” she said. “It is so underrepresented but has such a beautiful sound.”