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What the Fugue is Chamber Music?

We’ve all heard about chamber music at one time or another, but what the fugue is it again?

The short answer is that traditionally chamber music was written to serve as home entertainment — like a living room jam session with your friends. As a result of small rooms in homes, chamber works were usually written for ensembles that include just two to four musicians.

Since there is no conductor, the musicians are essentially conversing by means of gestures. You know how there are times when you can tell exactly what someone is thinking just by their expression? Well, chamber musicians use this intuition all the time when playing with their colleagues. A chamber ensemble is like a family. They all have their own personalities and relate to each other in different ways.

In essence, chamber music is the epitome of music making as a shared experience.

If you’ve ever been to a jazz club, then you know exactly what I mean when I say chamber music is intimate. The music draws you in with its exquisite subtleties, elegance, and beauty. Pair that with dinner and you’ve got yourself the perfect date night.

Though chamber music is now most often performed in large venues, we provide a unique experience through our chamber music series, DPO With a Twist. The intimate series at Dazzle is led by concertmaster Katherine Thayer and principal trombone William Combs.

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Hisham Bravo Groover

Associate Conductor (2016–2018)