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Music at the Museum

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Sep. 22, 2008 at 2:53 pm with No Comments »
September 22, 2008 2:53 pm

If you’re like me, you would have already checked out the latest at Tacoma Art Museum. TAM had its opening party splash for two new shows on the weekend, offering yummy Indian food and groovy Bollywood beats along with the Donald Fels Indian signboard art and 19th-century Orientalism from the Dahesh museum.

But guess what? You can see it all over again (and it’s totally worth seeing, along with the new exhibit of Surrealist works from TAM’s collection) this Friday night, when the Tacoma Symphony previews its season with a chamber music concert in the museum’s cavernous lobby.

The program includes a Mozart oboe quartet, a Taffanel wind quintet, a Tchaikovsky string sextet (“Souvenir de Florence”) and then–you guessed it–an octet, Schubert’s F major one. (More musicians each piece, if you haven’t already worked that out.) Finally the TSO folks will play Britten’s “Sinfonietta.”

Now, exactly how a concert featuring a third of the orchestra and consisting of music that won’t be played during the main season constitutes a preview, I’m not sure. Ask conductor Harvey Felder (or another musician) over dessert and wine afterward.

The concert’s at TAM because it’s a nice small venue, intimate but still acoustically awesome. A pity the music doesn’t remotely reflect what’s in the galleries (how about some Satie, for the Surrealists, or some Orientalist Debussy for the Dahesh?) but you can’t have everything, I guess.

“Behind the Stands” starts at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, at the Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma. Tickets are $50, and include reception and gallery admission. 253-272-7264 or www.tacomasymphony.org.

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