Chamber Music

The Vero Beach Museum of Art and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra’s partnership returns for its seventh season in January. Internationally acclaimed Grammy Award nominee and ACO music director Stewart Robertson hosts this intimate gathering of musicians for a moving and delightful experience on the stage of the Leonhardt Auditorium. Each program includes a post-concert wine and cheese reception with the musicians.

Series: $75 Museum Members / ACO Subscribers ($100 Non-Museum Members)
Individual Seats: $30 Museum Members / ACO Subscribers ($40 Non-Museum Members)
                                 $5 Students / Children


Sunday, January 18, 2015  3:00 pm
French Music for Flute, Viola, and Harp
André Jolivet, Petite Suite (1941)
Marcel Grandjany, Aria in the Classic Style for solo harp
Jean-Michel Damase, Trio (1997)
Claude Debussy, Syrinx for solo flute
Claude Debussy, Sonata for flute, viola and harp


The Atlantic Classical Orchestra Chamber Players opens the series with Jolivet’s Petite Suite, a warm and intimate piece interweaving sound and exquisite harmonies. The Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano is by Jean-Michel Damase, the son of renowned harpist Macheline Kahn. His style is elegant and attractive, with rich and varied orchestrations. Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp is the composer’s second entry in his projected series of six chamber sonatas (for which only three were completed). This sonata is at once evocative and emotionally ambiguous.

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Czech Music for Piano Trio

Josef Suk, Elegie Op. 23
Vítezslav Novák, Piano Trio No. 2 in D minor, Op. 27
Antonín Dvorák, Piano Trio, Op. 90 “Dumky”


Suk wrote this Elegie as a commemoration but later the same year arranged it for piano trio. It is extremely atmospheric, expressing the beauty and peace found in death. Novák’s Piano Trio No. 2 was written when the composer’s allegiance was torn between the use of folk melody, advocated by the older generation of Czech composers, and tonal modernism, which was emerging from the European fin du siècle traditions. The Dumky Trio is the last and best known of Dvorak’s piano trios. Dumky is the plural of Dumka which can be translated as “a fleeting thought.” The Trio is made up of six movements, each a dumka. Dvorák translated the idea of fleeting thoughts into music by contrasting slow, elegiac sections with fast, impassioned ones.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Music and Words
Liza Lehmann/Oscar Wilde, The Selfish Giant
Frédéric Chopin, Ballade #3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47
Francis Poulenc/Jean de Brunhoff, Story of Babar the Elephant


Oscar Wilde’s poetry and stories intrigued many of his artistic contemporaries, and today very few British authors are admired as much as he. Join us to celebrate Wilde’s brilliant and profound words set to the music of composer Liza Lehmann (1862-1918). Chopin wrote the Ballade in A-flat Major in 1840-41, one of his four ballades that contains music of extraordinary beauty. Francis Poulenc’s Story of Babar the Elephant is written for Piano and Narrator with words by Jean de Brunhoff. At the time, Poulenc was composing less tonal music, but one day his three-year-old cousin Sophie, who did not appreciate this musical style, placed her copy of “Babar the Elephant” upside down on the piano’s music stand and said, “Play this.” Poulenc improvised an accompaniment to each scene and Sophie was thrilled. This piece provides a fun and entertaining way to introduce children to classical music, and yet is complex and sophisticated enough to be appreciated by a seasoned listener.

If you prefer to order by phone, please call the VBMA at (772) 231-0707, ext. 136 / or call the ACO at (772) 460-0850 ext. 1 to reserve your space today.

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