Strings at­tached

Karem Si­mon, At­lantic String Ma­chine team up for evening of cham­ber mu­sic at UPEI on Satur­day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

UPEI clar­inet pro­fes­sor Karem J. Si­mon will col­lab­o­rate with the At­lantic String Ma­chine in an in­ti­mate evening of cham­ber mu­sic on Satur­day, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., in the Dr. Steel Recital Hall at UPEI.

This per­for­mance will present two of the most revered cham­ber works for clar­inet and string quar­tet by Carl Maria von We­ber and Jo­hannes Brahms.

The von We­ber is a vir­tu­osic work for clar­inet ex­ploit­ing both its tech­ni­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ex­pres­sive po­ten­tial, a news re­lease states.

“It hap­pens to be among the first works com­posed for this medium, writ­ten for von We­ber’s friend, clar­inetist Hein­rich Baer­mann, a lead­ing player of the early 19th cen­tury.”

In con­trast, the Brahms is more in­tro­spec­tive, filled with tech­ni­cal, rhyth­mic and har­monic com­plex­ity. Brahms, who was in­spired to write this work for clar­inetist Richard Mühlfeld, treats all five parts equally in pro­duc­ing a highly ex­pres­sive and emo­tional work that has been deemed to be among the finest cham­ber pieces.

Formed in 2015, the At­lantic String Ma­chine is com­prised of some of the finest string mu­si­cians in At­lantic Canada. The quar­tet from this en­sem­ble con­sists of Sean Kemp and Karen Graves, vi­o­lins, Jef­frey BazettJones, vi­ola, and Natalie Wil­liams Cal­houn, cello.

Since its in­cep­tion, the ASM has been very ac­tive infusing the is­land with clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary cham­ber mu­sic with con­sid­er­able dy­namic flare.

“That they are in­te­grat­ing their prac­tice with lead­ing At­lantic Cana­dian artists, Duane An­drews and Sirens, among them is in­dica­tive of the es­teem with which this en­sem­ble is held.

Si­mon is known for his wide body of work as a clar­inetist, con­duc­tor and ed­u­ca­tor.

Tick­ets for this recital are $15, adults, and $10, se­niors/stu­dents, and may be ac­quired at the UPEI Mu­sic Depart­ment and at the ad­mis­sions desk prior to the per­for­mance.


Karem Si­mon, known as a clar­inetist, con­duc­tor and ed­u­ca­tor, will share the stage Satur­day evening at UPEI with the At­lantic String Ma­chine.

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