In July, there may be no real way to beat the heat, but listening to the strains of a Haydn string quartet or a Dvorak serenade can go a long way toward cooling one's fevered brain (or at least taking your mind off the weather). For the next three weeks, the Austin Chamber Music Festival is sweetening the air with a wealth of such sounds, in the form of concerts and workshops featuring some of the city's most accomplished classical musicians, plus some distinguished visitors, such as the Marian Anderson String Quartet and the Duo Turgeon piano team. Here is the schedule for the main events, most of which will take place at the First Unitarian Church, 4700 Grover. For a complete schedule, including daytime concerts and workshops, see the ACMC Web site: www.austinchambermusic.org.
June 29: Strings Alive!
Festival opening concert featuring Richard Kilmer and the Festival Chamber Orchestra performing Concerto in C for violin and strings
by Haydn, Espressioni cordiali
by Dutch composer Marius Flothuis, and Serenade for Strings
by Dvorak. 7:30pm, First Unitarian.
July 1: Bach to Big Band
Bluebonnet Brass performs works by Gabrieli, Handel, Debussy, W.C. Handy, Brubeck, Ellington, and Louis Prima. 7:30pm, First Unitarian.
July 9 & 10: Marian Anderson String Quartet
String ensemble performs String Quartet, Opus 33, No. 2 "The Joke"
by Haydn, String Quartet No. 1
by Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, and String Quartet
by Ravel. 7:30pm, First Unitarian, 7/09; 7:30pm, Huston-Tillotson, 7/10.
July 11: String Cavalcade
Austin Quartet and other festival artists perform Quintet, Opus 107
by Anton Reicha, String Quartet in A Major, Opus 18, No. 5
by Beethoven, & Piano Quintet, Opus 84
by Elgar. 7:30pm, First Unitarian.
July 13: An Eclectic Evening
Festival artists perform Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285
by Mozart, Trio in Eb Major, Opus 20, No. 5 "Pierrot"
by Thea Musgrave, and Piano Quintet
by Peter Schickele. 7:30pm, Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W. 18th.
July 16: South of the Border and More
Cuarteto Latinoamericano performs Quartet
by Joaquin Gutiérrez Heras, Lullaby
by Gershwin, Yidishbukk
by Osvaldo Golijov, and String Quintet in C Major, D956
by Schubert. 7:30pm, Congregation Agudas Achim, 7300 Hart Ln.
July 18: Music for One and Two Pianos
Canadian pianists Edward and Anne Louise Turgeon perform Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major
(arr. Reger) by Bach, Valsa Choro No. 11
by Francisco Mignone, Concerto in Eb Major, "Dumbarton Oaks"
by Stravinsky, and Burlesques 3,4 and 6
from Six Burlesques, Opus 58
by Max Reger. 7:30pm, First Unitarian.
July 20: Grande Finale: Sharing the Gift of Music
Peter Bay conducts festival artists in Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune
by Debussy as adapted by Schoenberg, Berceuse elegiaque
by Busoni as adapted by Schoenberg, The Emperor Waltz
by Strauss as adapted by Schoenberg, and Music for Children
by Orff. 7pm, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse.