ChamberFest – Isthmus | Madison, Wis.

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press release: The Spring Green General Store is proud to present ChamberFest, a two-day classical chamber music festival in the heart of the River Valley community. For its first season, ChamberFest will explore the connection between classical music and the traditions of folk music and storytelling with a roster of musicians and artists from south-central Wisconsin. ChamberFest will take place July 30 and 31 at the Spring Green General Store (137 S Albany St.).

● Saturday 30 July at 12 noon: Folk-inspired chamber music concert. This exploration of folk music through the classical lens will feature Piano Trio No. 39 by Joseph Haydn, the first three movements of Florence Price’s Five Folksongs in Counterpoint, and String Quartet No. 2 by Anton Arensky.

● Saturday July 30 at 1:30 p.m.: Open Mic. Following the folk-inspired chamber music concert, ChamberFest will open the floor to the River Valley community to share their favorite folk tunes in an hour-long open mic. With Jim Barnard, Michael Ames and Holly Van Gilder.

● Sunday July 31 at noon and 1 p.m.: Children’s concerts with Josh Krause from the American Players Theatre. Krause will recite Julia Donaldson’s charming story, The Snail and the Whale, with a live string trio featuring works by Scott Joplin, Edward Grieg, and more. These fun and inclusive concerts will invite music lovers of all ages to learn about instruments, ask questions about featured music and composers, and enjoy the art of storytelling with a live soundtrack.

All ChamberFest events are free with a suggested donation of $10-$20. You can make a tax-deductible donation to ChamberFest through its tax collector, https://createwisconsin.org/, at https://www.mightycause.com/history/Chamberfest. Cash and check donations will be accepted at all concerts. Additional details can be found at https://www.springgreengeneralstore.com/chamber-fest/Spring Green General Store page

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ChamberFest is supported in part by grants from https://www.rivervalleyarts.org/, Sauk County Extension Education, Arts & Culture Committee and https://artsboard.wisconsin.gov/Pages/home.aspx with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

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