Last year NOVA Chamber Music Series expanded their programming by adding a Gallery Series. This Sunday, NOVA presents the second season of the Gallery Series at Finch Lane with the final installment of Beethoven’s complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano, paired with newer works by Wolfgang Rihm, performed (again) by Utah Symphony Associate Concertmaster Kathryn Eberle and NOVA Artistic Director Jason Hardink.
Finch Lane Gallery is a perfect venue for the atmosphere Hardink is going for when it comes to this kind of program. Chamber music was originally heard in parlors and living rooms with an intimate audience where the performers and listeners had a more cozy relationship. And with Brandon Cook’s landscapes gracing the walls of the gallery as you listen to captivating music, there is no better place to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Gregory Walz attended both concerts last year as part of NOVA’s Gallery Series. “I believe that they were two of the most enthralling concerts NOVA has performed in the last several years” he says. “The notion of curating an audience’s awareness of classical music–especially contemporary classical music–is a perceptive way to develop a sense of immersion for both the performers and the audiences. Cross pollination of conservative and creative, adventuresome progamming is the way to go–although it requires a gift for the possibilities of juxtaposition.”
Both Jason Hardink and NOVA’s executive director, Kimi Kawashima have a passion for this kind of juxtaposition. “The concerts where we pair old and new music seem to sell the best because you can’t seem to get that variety anywhere else in Utah,” says Hardink. “This is just the way I like to experience music and this is what I’m trying to share.”
Tickets are $25 which includes a post concert reception in the gallery. As this is a smaller venue, there are only a handful of tickets left. To purchase, visit www.novaslc.org
Laura Durham works for KUED Channel-7 in the Creative Services Department, curating community engagement projects for both PBS and KUED productions that foster trust and value to the communities in Utah. She also produces Contact with Mary Dickson and Contact in the Community — a digital series featuring arts and culture groups in Utah. Prior to her work at KUED, Laura spent 15 years at the Utah Division of Arts & Museums in the visual arts program and later managing communications, branding, marketing, and public value projects for all arts and museums programming. She has served the Utah community in various capacities with her role as Vice President of the Salt Lake Gallery Association and Program Director for the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. She lives in Salt Lake City, sings with Utah Chamber Artists, and loves to contribute to 15 Bytes as often as time allows.