Bars And Brothels Link Classical Music With Ragtime, Jazz, And Blues

Jul 24, 2017

Eunice Kim and Alan Morrison rehearse Ravel.
Credit Photo illustration by Victoria Wicks

In the final concert of the Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills, held last weekend, musicians explored overlapping influences on composition. Festival organizers called this last concert "Bach, Brahms, and Brothels, a provocative title guaranteed to draw interest.

Festival director Michael Hill says musicians, including Brahms, often found work playing in bars and brothels. That more relaxed style had a deep influence on classical composers of the Romantic era and the 20th Century.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks sat in on rehearsal and afterward chatted with members of the Orlando Chamber Soloists to discuss these connections between genres, musicians, composers, and life.

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